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In this video I talk about a very similar thing to what Dave Sharpe talked about a little earlier today.

When you are working at achieving your goals, spending long hours studying, testing, and building, some people just aren't going to get it. A lot will say things that may knock you off your path.

But I'm telling you, if you keep going, you will see rewards. The rewards might not be quite what you expected (they could be much better!), but you are working hard at this dream for a reason.

Other people don't need to "get it." They'll either come along later or stay stuck.

Just keep going!

p.s. In the video I talk about a commission that I received. Remember, results aren't typical.

I asked my friend from Germany, and my neighbour here in Ecuador... Elena Rockinger, to describe the feeling of the freedom to be able to work from anywhere...

Watch the video to see her reply :)

As entrepreneurs, we're always seeking new sources of information and inspiration.  Whether we're watching TED talks or scouring the latest business headlines, it's important to stay on top of our game.  Many times, when we're in need of wisdom and encouragement, we turn to highly successful people, reading their articles or listening to their interviews.  The list typically includes the likes of Tim Ferriss, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban . . . and let's not forget Tao Porchon-Lynch.

Slight deviation: Speaking of Mark Cuban... check out his boat. I saw it while at the EN event in Miami.

OK, have you already forgot about Tao Porchon-Lynch?

Wait a minute.

Tao who?

Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 95-year old (it's ok, keep reading) yoga teacher (the world's oldest, by the way and yes, really, it's ok . . . keep reading) who's energy and words of wisdom are so powerful, it's hard to ignore.  Hey, entrepreneur Tim Ferris says he regularly abides by the saying, "You're the average of the five people you associate with the most."  Who said it?  His high school wrestling coach.  So. .  . yoga, wrestling . . . take your pick.
The point is that Porchon-Lynch's attitude and can-do spirit has propelled her yoga business (which she started teaching in her 70s) into one that includes over 400 students around the world and keeps her in high demand at events across the globe. Her advice about youth, health and positivity can be applied to help your own business succeed.

Tips to keep your business successful (yoga poses optional)

Stay active

In addition to teaching yoga and travelling the world to lead prestigious yoga-related events, Porchon-Lynch also takes dance lessons, competes in dance contests and enjoys meditation.  "Yoga and dancing," she explains, "are something that live within me and make me face the world." 

Am I saying the key to running a successful business means busting out into a Downward-Facing-Dog pose whenever we face uncertainty?  Not at all.   Just as she stays active, we too, must keep on going.  We all have times where it's easy to let things slide or when we experience setbacks, but staying on the go, mentally and physically, keeps us in touch with people, business trends and our creativity.
Stay active by continuing to make those follow-up calls, get out there and mingle at social events related to your industry, keep an eye on the competition and always consider new avenues to build your business.  Get out in the world and make your business known.

The key to success is tofu . . . well, sort of

Porchon-Lynch, a vegetarian, says, "Through the study of yoga, I can heal myself. I don't take any supplements—no vitamins or calcium or anything. I take no medications for any medical conditions; I rarely take even an aspirin."  She is hardly ever sick or tired.  

So . . . the key to success is tofu, fruit consumption and never buying aspirin?  Not really.  Well, sort of.  This isn't the kind of blog where I want to get all deep about the food-body-mind connection, but there is something to be said about eating right and keeping our energy up and mind sharp.  

New York City nutritionist Barbara Mendez reminds us to eat our breakfast.  "Busy entrepreneurs often skip this important meal which can have detrimental effects on focus, concentration, and decision making abilities," she says in Inc. magazine. She discusses the effects that bad food choices can have for entrepreneurs adding that "Without good habits in place, you are bound to repeat mistakes, waste time and money and squander opportunities that may lead you to your next big achievement."

Mom was right!  Eat your veggies.

Do what makes you happy

By now, we've heard this a million times.  Starting or staying in a business that you're not interested in often leads to boredom, depression and a waning bank account.  Doing what makes you happy is a different story.

Not only does Porchon-Lynch say that yoga brightens her day, but she swears that it's something she'll be doing until she simply can't. "I'm going to teach yoga until I can't breathe anymore . . ." she says. 

Do you feel that way about your business?

Don't give up

The world's oldest yoga teacher unfortunately needed hip surgery when she was in her 80s.  But just one month after her operation, she was back and at it, teaching yoga again. 
That kind of persistence will get you places. 
Syndicated Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams faced a series of rejections when trying to get started.  Just as he was about to give up hope, he says, "I had to do one more thing for luck to find me.  As it turns out, one of the perhaps six people on planet Earth who could have looked at my cartoon and said 'yes' was a woman married to a guy who was the spitting image of, and had the same job as, Dilbert. It required that one extra attempt, and that wouldn't have happened without the best advice anybody ever gave me, which is don't give up."

Or, as the world's oldest yoga teacher says, "I don't believe in letting age and broken bones get the better of my life. I believe nothing is impossible."

I believe nothing is impossbile too.  Do you?

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The desire to be successful is what keeps entrepreneurs going.  Whether it's because we need money to keep paying off that mortgage or simply because we want to know that our passion is making a difference in the world (likely, it's both), an online business that succeeds is important.  For most entrepreneurs though, success is a word that has nothing to do with setbacks, loss or failure of any kind.  

But perhaps it should be.  Maybe, just maybe, failure can propel our business forward.

Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip, "Dilbert" says "Everything you want out of life is in that bubbling vat of failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out."  In his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life (aff link), Adams outlines how he took a series of failures and ultimately became wildly successful.

Now I'm not saying we should do a celebration dance for numbers that have been in the red for ages or hope for angry customers to show up on our doorstep demanding we fix our web sites error pages once and for all.  What I'm referring to is the same thing that Nigel Barger, Ph.D., discusses in a 2013 issue of Psychology Today.  He explains that today's world is a "competitive society that has big winners and big losers" and despite all the motivational speakers and mentors, most do not teach us perhaps the most significant idea of all which is coping with failure. 

In a nutshell, he explains that those near-perfect people who have not had the benefit of failures in their life are untested.  Therein is the problem for entrepreneurs who put on their perfectionist hats every day, ready to pack it in and take up a new career at the slightest setback.  "An untested employee is like an untried soldier," Dr. Barger says, "liable to break down under fire from real-world difficulties and challenges."  

Failures, then, can help us learn and improve our online business.  That is, once we know that it's all right to stumble, we need not become a defeated, dark cloud or worse, find ourselves at a standstill because our "I do no wrong" attitude has been shattered. 

The Top 3 Advantages of Failing

1. You Learn and Move Forward

Learning from a setback (or two, or three) can give us insight as to where we went wrong.  If we accept our mistakes and learn new ways to prevent them from recurring, we're that much closer to succeeding. "Failure is final if you refuse to get up, dust yourself off and get back in the game," explains entrepreneur and Forbes magazine contributor Michael Lindenmayer. "The key is to build on the lessons learned and forge ahead.  

Look at Thomas Edison.  After thousands of failed filaments, he ultimately succeeded.  Several greats in the world have faced setbacks, but they also became world-renowned experts . . . why not you?

2. You Become Extraordinarily Passionate and Develop New Ideas

There's a phrase out there along the lines of "if you want me to do something, tell me I can't."  In other words, failures can ignite your entrepreneurial desires so much so that you adopt a "watch out world, here I come" attitude rather than one where you feel like pulling the covers over your head.  As a result, you'll become even more determined than the time before to try new methods and do your best to make it work.  "With success, people keep on doing the same thing," says Dr. Barger.  "When they fail, they are forced to adapt and change.

3. You're Able to Focus Like Never Before

All over the place trying to find your niche?  Or found it but haven't been successful getting the word out?  Perhaps, like many people, the often alluring distractions of social media get in the way of our ability to focus.  Let's admit it, sometimes it's just nice to "escape" with some silly Facebook posts and see what our friends are up to.  Or, we get caught up in an aspect of our business that is actually more minor than we think.  Before you know it, your online business suffers at this lack of focus.  

"Crisis creates clarity," explains Lindenmayer.  "Failures force us to clear out the noise and zero in on what is most important."  When you encounter problems with your online business that warrant serious attention, that becomes the number one priority.  

Excessive texts, selecting a different e-newsletter font for hours or watching funny YouTube videos? They're on the back burner as you get back on your feet.  

And you will. I did, and always do.

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