Fun and Games

Today, I have some fun and games for you. This is a puzzle exercise I use to open many of my training workshops. Hopefully it will translate well to an online environment. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.I have placed the content in the tabbed sections below, so nothing gets spoiled before you have had a chance to try to solve the puzzle yourself.​Starting in the first tab, "The Puzzle", it will be revealed how to set the puzzle up. You will be doing it with pen and paper.The second tab, "The Rules", will contain the rules and explain what you need to do to solve it.After you have tried, and either succeeded or given up, you may then click the third tab, "The Solution" to see if you completed it correctly.​The fourth tab, "The Ending", will provide some food for thought.​I hope you have as much fun trying this as I did putting it together for you! I look forward to seeing your comments on it below. the puzzle the rules the solution the ending ​Get a piece of paper and draw nine dots on it in a 3 X 3 grid, evenly spaced, as shown in the picture to the right.After you've done that, click the next tab, "The Rules."​Don't click it until you have your 9 dot grid drawn!​ Legal Move ​Did you draw your 9 dots? If not, I'll wait! Go ahead!​Ready? The rules are simple. There are only four of them:​1. Start with a pen or pencil on any one of the dots.2. You will draw 4 straight lines, no...

A Master in the Art of Living

Many people look to earning on the net, because they want to be freed from the limitations of the 9-to-5 work cycle. For some, those limitations are felt mostly by the salary or hourly wage they are paid. Others think the limitation stems primarily from the rigid schedule they have to follow. Yet others feel restricted and limited due to an overbearing supervisor. While all of those might have some merit to them, and are certainly valid if that is the reason people are compelled to be freed from that situation, another factor comes into play that people rarely think about. Do you love what you are doing? Do you absolutely love it? Does it even feel like work? If it does, that's a limitation in itself. I know many people who have made the transition from working a full-time job for someone else, to working out of their home on the Internet. Most of them actually spend many, many more hours at "work” in their online venture than they did at the J.O.B. However, if you ask them if they're working more or less than they were before, most will answer “less.” The reason? It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s something new that energizes them. It always stays interesting and fresh. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." That is exactly what I am referring to. If you are passionate about what you do, and you love doing it, then it never feels like work. Whether you are looking to work part...

Overwhelmed? How to overcome it

​ As online entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to feel overwhelmed from time to time. Some of the leading causes of this are from multitasking, taking on too many projects at once, trying to do things that are outside of our comfort zones, attempting to meet impending deadlines, or for many people trying to balance their online business with their full-time job and family. Most of the time, a sense of overwhelm creates either procrastination or a "freeze" where we have so much to do we don't have any idea where to start, and so we don't get anything done. You have to be very careful when you start feeling overwhelmed, though, because it can also lead to severe stress and even outright anxiety. Fortunately, when you start feeling overwhelmed, there are several helpful ways you can deal with it. Walk away If you're feeling overwhelmed to the point where nothing is getting done, it can be very helpful to walk away for a little while. This simply means doing something completely different from what you were doing when you started to feel overwhelmed. You can take a walk, call a friend, go for a drive or even take a short nap. Two important things to keep in mind when you walk away are to a set time to return to your tasks and not to spend your time away thinking about what you "should be" doing instead. Walking away is meant to give your brain a chance to regroup. Create a priority list If your sense of overwhelm is coming from either too much to do or from...