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The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A person with positive thinking anticipates happiness, health practising and success, and believes that he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty. Positive thinking is not a concept that everyone believes and follows. Some, consider it nonsense and scoff at people who follow it. However, there is a growing number of people, who accept positive thinking as a fact and believe in its effectiveness. It seems that this subject is gaining popularity, as evidenced by the many books, lectures, and courses about it. To use it in your life, you need more than just to be aware of its existence. You need to adopt the attitude of positive thinking in everything you do. How Positive Thinking Works The following story illustrates how this power works: Allan applied for a new job, but he didn’t believe he will get it, since his self-esteem was low, and he considered himself as a failure and unworthy of success. He had a negative attitude toward himself, and therefore, believed that the other applicants were better and more qualified than him. Allan’s mind was occupied with negative thoughts and fears concerning the job, for the whole week preceding the job interview. He actually, anticipated failure. On the day of the interview, he got up late, and to his horror he discovered that the shirt he planned to wear was dirty, and the other one needed ironing. As it was already too late, he went out wearing a wrinkled shirt and without eating breakfast. During the interview, he was tense, negative, hungry and worried about his shirt. All this distracted his mind and made it difficult for him to focus on the interview. His overall behaviour made a bad impression, and consequently, he materialized his fear and did not get the job. Jim applied for the same job too but approached the matter in a different way. He was sure that he was going to get the job. During the week preceding the interview, he often visualized himself making a good impression and getting the job. In the evening before the interview, he prepared the clothes he was going to wear and went to sleep a little earlier. On the day of the interview, he woke up earlier than usual, and had ample time to eat breakfast, and then to arrive at the interview before the scheduled time. Jim made a good impression and got the job. What do we learn from these two stories? Was there any magic used? No, everything happened in a natural way. Positive Thinking – The Power to Succeed Simple working techniques and advice to help you replace negative thoughts with happy, successful and constructive thoughts. Learn how to build up a positive attitude and avoid negative thoughts. Format: PDF eBook    Price: $9.95 $5.95 Buy Now   Get More Info Positive Thinking Is a Way of Life With a positive attitude, we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts goodwill, happinessfavourableand success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel. Positive and negative thinking is contagious. We affect and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through words, thoughts and feelings, and through body language. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and prefer to avoid negative ones? People are more disposed to help us, if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity. Negative thoughts, words and attitude, create negative and unhappy feelings, moods and behaviour. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which causes more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment. Positive Thinking Instructions and Advice In order to turn the mind toward the positive, some inner work is required, since attitude and thoughts do not change overnight. Read about this subject, think about its benefits, and persuade yourself to try it. The power of your thoughts is a mighty power that is always shaping your life. This shaping is usually done subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a conscious one. Even if the idea seems strange, give it a try. You have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what other people say or think about you if they discover that you are changing the way you think. Use your imagination to visualize only favourable and beneficial situations. Use positive words in your inner dialogues, or when talking with others. Smile a little more, as this helps to think positively. Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware of it, and endeavour to replace it with a constructive one. If the negative thought returns, replace it again with a positive one. It is as if there are two pictures in front of you, and you have to choose to look at one of them and disregard the other. Persistence will eventually teach your mind to think positively, and to ignore negative thoughts. In case you experience inner resistance and difficulties when replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, do not give up, but keep looking only at the beneficial, good and happy thoughts in your mind. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. If you persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks. It might take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually, they will. Another useful technique is the repetition of affirmations. This technique is similar to creative visualization and can be used together with it. The other articles at this website, about the power of concentration, willpower, self-discipline and peace of mind, also contribute to the development of a positive mind and are recommended for reading and practicing. By Remez Sasson entrepreneur

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100 business ideas you can start today

Discover the right business to start with our list of the best ideas you can quickly turn into profitable businesses with little to no money By James Pursey last update Jan 11, 2019 Starting a business is tough, it’s a long hard slog, and statistically, you’re destined to fail. But getting a business off the ground is only a problem you’ll face if you can come up with a business idea to begin with. I ran my own company for about two years, but it took us three weeks and a lot of ‘meetings’ at pubs to eventually come up with something we wanted to do. Whether you want to make some money on the side, run something when the kids are at school or create the next Facebook, here’s a humongous list of business ideas. To make things a little easier on the eye, I’ve broken the list down by industry/area, feel free to scroll through the lot or skip as you please. Domestic & household service business ideas Domestic service businesses are great, they’re easy to setup, cost practically no money, and you get out what you put in. 1. Cleaning company Probably widely regarded as the most straightforward business to make money from. Get Microsoft Publisher, print off some flyers and put them up in local shop windows and drop them in letterboxes nearby. The costs are minimal, just your cleaning supplies and the ink for your printer. Easy to scale too. 2. Laundry service Go to big apartment blocks and flyer them. A lot of flats in built up areas don’t have washing machines. You can also partner with laundrettes to offer their existing customer base a ‘delivery option’, simple! 3. Carpet cleaning Same as above, although a little more expensive as decent carpet cleaning equipment can be pricey, but with that comes a higher barrier to entry so you can charge more. 4. Window cleaning You get the gist now, print flyers and target your local community. Everybody has windows unless they’re in prison. 5. Pool cleaning Only do this is you know what you’re doing, you don’t want to be responsible for a swimming pool turning green. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be 21 and well-built to do this job. 6. House sitting Pretty awesome job if you ask me, get paid to hang out in a mansion while the owners are on holiday… a fully stocked fridge and a king-size bed, happy days! Now, back in the real world… there’s also a decent market for waiting for deliveries when people are at work. As for how to go about marketing a local business, see all the above. 7. Catering company If you love cooking and can handle catering for the masses, a catering company could be an excellent idea. You can work from home and start small catering for buffets with sandwiches and the such, then scale up to hog roasts. Be careful with this one and make sure you have all the required licenses like a food hygiene certificate. 8. Personal chef Basically catering without the masses. The wealthy people that live among us are partial to a personal chef, somebody that’s just on hand to cook for them morning noon and night. Think catering + house sitting, same rules apply for licenses. 9. Childcare The perfect business for stay at home parents. If you really love looking after children, then look after other people’s kids while yours are at school. You can become a registered childminder, or even open a day care centre. 10. Painter/Decorator Take everything I said for a cleaning company, change the designs, job done. You may also need some form of business insurance. 11. Gardening company I worked for a small gardening company when I was younger, it’s great to work outdoors (yes, even in England with all the rain). The great thing about gardening is the results speak for themselves, start working for a neighbour and work your way up to an empire. 12. House staging For those of you with an eye for killer interior design. House staging is setting up a house to maximise its appeal to potential buyers. It’s quite the science but if you’re good at it, you can make a fortune in commission. Animal related business ideas Let’s face it – who doesn’t love animals? As the saying goes, if you do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life. 13. Pet sitting Basically childminding (see above) but with less paperwork. Get paid to walk, cuddle, feed and play with puppies all day – other animals are available. Market your services through social media, local advertising (flyers, letterbox drops, etc.) and partnerships with other animal companies. 14. Dog walking Advertise on sites like Gumtree or register as a provider on new website BorrowMyDoggy (yes, it’s real). 15. Pet grooming My other half has three dogs and every month or so they go off to get a haircut and a freshen up. So, certain dogs need haircuts just like humans do, but they’re more complicated so you can charge more. as for how to market, see the pet sitting advise. 16. Aquarium cleaning Advertise on services like Gumtree and approach local pet shops and partner with them – offer them a fee for each successful referral. Local partnerships will work with independents; I wouldn’t waste your time with the national stores unless you get massive. 17. Dog training Everybody loves the dancing dog that won Britain’s Got Talent a couple of years ago. If you’re a bit of a dog whisperer this could be the perfect idea for you. 18. Make and sell stuff If there’s one thing pet owners love doing, it’s buying their animals presents. From squeezy dog toys to cat scratch poles, there’s a lot of money to be made from making a product. Create your own store on Shopify and market through social media. 19. Poop scoop Believe it or not, people run businesses based around picking up dog poop. Most owners just let their pets do the business in the back yard and somebody has to clean it up. It’ll cost you about £5 to set-up and you can market it just like pet sitting. Business ideas for professional services If you’re an academic, be it a chartered accountant or a seasoned proof-reader, there’s a bunch of businesses you can get off the ground just by networking and emailing prospective clients. 20. Accountant Everybody that does pretty much any of these 100 companies will need an accountant. From filing payroll to submitting annual tax returns through accounting software, your skills are very much in demand. Sponsor an organisation that works with SME’s, such as a startup accelerator. 21. Financial adviser Very similar to an accountant but a little broader. Market through a blog and talk about things like best practices, money management, etc. 22. Architect A lot of architecture firms use freelancers/contractors to work on specific projects, it’s a networking game, so your marketing costs are pretty low. 23. Business consultant Advise and support businesses in all aspects of their business. This is a very broad idea and covers SEO consultants to management consultants. Your experience will speak for you and your network will help you gain clients. 24. Lawyer Pretty much the same as the above, if you’re a licensed lawyer then your services are in demand. Why not do some freelance work on the side, or even set up your own law practice. 25. Tutor Some people just love teaching, they really enjoy helping others learn. If that’s you, then you should be making money out of it! The tutoring industry is massive and there are apps like Tutorme can help you monetise your skills on a one-off basis. 26. PR (public relations) services PR is a relationships game, if you’re good at PR you’re likely chummy with journalists in all sorts of publications (and/or work in a PR firm). If you’re friends with someone at the Financial Times, make some cash on the side by giving introducing him/her to great businesses and getting that business featured in the newspaper. I’d do this on a results basis to instantly seem more appealing than PR agencies. 27. IT support As the world becomes more and more technology focused, some people struggle to keep up, and inevitably things break. Offer your services for training and support, and if you provide fantastic customer service, you’ll have a client for life. 28. Business development If you’re a kick ass salesman and always deliver, spend the occasional weekend on the phone or go all in and start a call centre. To kick things off, you can use services like PeoplePerHour to get quick well-paid work. 29. CV/resume writer I recently re-wrote my CV and ended up sending it to about ten people for advice/feedback. Writing a CV or cover letter is really tough, most people hate talking about themselves, and there’s a fine line between coming across as confident and seeming arrogant. Use things like Upwork to find clients. 30. Proofreader You can also use oDesk for this. Your reading speed will be a factor in winning customers, as will your attention to detail. 31. Recruiter/Headhunter This is an excellent way to make cash if you’re sales oriented. Recruitment companies like Graduate-Fasttrack offer a commission if you refer them somebody, who then gets a job. How many people are you connected on LinkedIn with? One email could make you a lot of money. You can also start a recruitment company with nothing but a phone and a good attitude, and there’s serious money in it. 32. Photographer Nightclubs, weddings, events… the list of potential clients for photography services is huge. If you have a decent DSLR camera and an eye for a great photo, this could be perfect. We just hired a freelance photographer to take our wedding pictures and let’s just say if you did 1 wedding a day you’d do pretty well for yourself. Market through social media, let your work speak for itself… oh and ask for clients to recommend you to their friends/family/colleagues. 34. Videographer Basically the same gig as a photographer but you need a really steady hand. 35. Fundraiser Get paid a cut to help companies raise finance either from a business angel or venture capital fund. Services like the AIN make a killing on this. There’s a massive market for it and the contacts you’d build will be worth their weight in gold. Personal & beauty business ideas This category is so broad and there’s so many other things we could’ve listed here, but narrowing down to the top 100 business ideas is a tricky task. If you wake up at 3am with a cracking idea for a tattoo, or live for the next line of Benefit makeup, this section is right up your street. 36. Tattoo artist The cool thing about this industry is you can generally rent a space in a tattoo parlour, meaning you don’t need to shell out £££ for your own site. Go along to your local and ask for advice. 37. Body piercing Same as tattoos, rent a spot. 38. Hairdresser You guessed it, more of the same. 39. Makeup artist There’s so much you can do here, I’d probably look to make every wedding planner in my local area my best friend and ensure I’m their preferred supplier. Same with event agencies. You could actually partner with most of the businesses in this section. 40. Massage therapist The world is going massage crazy these days and the market is huge. From painful sports massages to Friday massages at a startup’s offices, the future looks bright. Marketing is subjective to the industry you want to go after, but I’d start out with social media and maybe a little bit of PPC (pay per click), depending on budgets. 41. Personal stylist I must admit, if this jumps out at you, you probably know more about it than me. Partner with event providers and get yourself a blog, it’s time to make lots of posts and advice about styling and build some exposure. 42. Personal shopper Also a pretty big market for this, from helping the elderly get their shopping through to going to fancy shops with a wealthy client. The latter is a relationships game, so get your party hat on and go make some friends. Online business ideas The possibilities online are pretty much endless in terms of online business ideas – that’s why this section has so many ideas. Put simply, if you have a specific skill set or just a good attitude, you can be making money online within about half an hour. This section explains what each method is, I’d recommend you market yourself through inbound marketing – so blog about your industry, build a social media presence and do some SEO to get organic traffic. 43. Affiliate and content monetisation This is when a company will pay you money if a user clicks a link on your website and goes through to buy a product. Basically, you can create an entire e-commerce looking website and just link all the ‘Buy’ buttons through to Amazon or Firebox. Every time somebody buys, you get paid a commission of the sale. Further to the above, if you’re running an online blog or other type of media site and you’ve managed to create a community of dedicated followers setting up paid access features is probably a better way to monetise, many online publishers and magazines are now pursuing this type of monetisation as advertising and affiliate revenues decline. You can launch a paid access feature using website builders like NING, that offers you a platform to build your community and launch a paid access easily. Don’t forget also to put Donate button – for sure if you are pursuing non-profit goals, then it’s necessary, sites like Wikipedia are able to run off this kind of monetisation. 44. Drop-shipping Similar to affiliate but the user can stay on your website. You’re still selling products without the inventory requirements but you control the buying process. It’s more complicated to implement but the returns are substantially greater than affiliate. If this goes really well you can even take your e-commerce international. 45. Virtual store If you’re a dab hand at art and design, or a master baker… create your own online store using something like Shopify or Etsy. It’s basically your own e-commerce site but without having to pen a single line of code. 46. Blogger Creating a blog with a wide audience can make you a lot of money. Blogs like TechCrunch started out as a hobby and turned into a business that was acquired for around $25m. 47. Copywriter Freelance as a copywriter, lots of blogs and websites need content written, so use something like Upwork to get paid doing it. 48. ebook writer If you’re knowledgeable on a particular subject, why not write a short book about it and publish it on the Kindle store? You can sell on there. 49. Generic freelancer Register on oDesk, eLance, PeoplePerHour etc and take on as many freelance gigs as you can get your hands on. You can do pretty much anything from logo design to writing press releases to coding. 50. Transcription service Get paid per transcription on sites like Mechanical Turk by Amazon. Just listen to some audio and write every word down. Bonus points for foreign languages. 51. Start an agency Start an agency based on one area of interweb business. Typical agencies specialise in design, SEO, paid search, development and even just on mobile. 52. Make and flip apps If you’re a great app developer you can just churn them out and stick them on AppTopia to sell. 53. Training company If you have in-depth knowledge of one particular subject, create an online course and charge people to take part on it. Check out companies like Udemy that offer you a platform to publish and market your courses. 54. Virtual assistant The days of hiring a PA are in the past, virtual assistants are all the rave. If you’re passionate about being organised and want to make some spare cash, this could be a great route. 55. Buy and sell on eBay Trading on the internet is an artform, if you haven’t heard of it check out the Red Paperclip story it’s amazing. Start small and buy products then repackage them or enhance them and sell them for profit. 56. Buy and sell domains Spotting a big domain and snapping it up for a small price can be the route to big money. You can even put watches on domains so you get alerted when they’re about to go back on the market. 57. Holiday rentals If you have a spare room or are going away on holiday, rent your place out on Airbnb and they’ll even insure you up to $1m in damages. 58. Sell photographs Most websites use stock images, basically photos they buy online to use on their websites. Take a bunch of photos and upload them to stock image websites, and wait for the orders to fly in. 59. Market research service Starting a business is tough, especially in established markets. Offer your market research services through social media and freelance websites as a seasoned market researcher. 60. Take surveys Earn as high as £35 for completing a survey. 61. Become a YouTube celeb Popular YouTube stars make a ridiculous amount of money in advertising revenue. All it takes is one video to go viral and you’re minted. 62. Webinars These are an excellent way to market products and services, and if you build a big community you can make money pushing other people’s content. If you’re a genius on a subject then run webinars around it and build a community. Charge for entry or sell a product off the back of them. 64. User testing When you launch a new product or service it takes a shed load of time to iron out all the bugs and errors. Companies spend a lot of money on testing, so sign up as a freelancer or make your own website and market yourself as a tester. You could build a whole company around this, it doesn’t have to just be side-earnings. Health & fitness businesses One thousand one… one thousand two, oh – sorry I was just training the guns. If you’re into your fitness or a bit of a healthy eating nut (see what I did there?) then this section is for you. 65. Personal trainer I pay my personal trainer £50/hour. If you’re a certified trainer, then go to your local gym and ask if you can use it. You don’t need your own place or your own equipment; you just pay a gym a fee to let you use their venue. Your audience is in that building, couldn’t be simpler. 66. Fitness programs Run fitness courses. Things like military fitness at the local park are really taking off, you charge a set fee for an X week program and away you go. Market in local gyms, online and via flyering/posters in the local area. 67. Dance instructor The same gig as a personal trainer, rent a space in a dance studio. 68. Drink milk and kick ass Marital arts courses are always popular, you can even partner with local schools to help teach kids. Kids pay subs, that’s your subscription fee per class, run ten classes a day and you’ll be making a tidy amount. 69. Sports instructor Football/rugby/athletics… become a high-level sports coach and work on a freelance basis for local teams. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Alex Ferguson. 70. Yoga instructor Rent a space at a yoga place, or run classes at a local gym. 71. Nutritionist Partner with pretty much all of the above or give nutrition advise to the stars. Abs are made in the kitchen after all. Creative business ideas Oh, the irony that I couldn’t find a creative image for this (with the correct licensing). Anyway, here’s lots of ideas of how you can put your artistic juices to good use. 72. Furniture refinishing Pretty ronseal (ahh, couldn’t resist). People love a little bit of old-school in their lives, and furniture is a great way to add character to a modern design, but it needs touching up. Pick up old tatty furniture (with character) and do it up then sell it on. 73. Antique dealer If you don’t know what this means, don’t consider it. 74. Artist Sounds obvious but if you’re talented then don’t sit around wasting that talent. Even if it’s just a hobby, stick your excellent work on the market and see what happens. 75. Design One of the hardest things in the world of startups is finding high-quality designers. We burnt through about five design teams at my old startup before we found somebody awesome. If you have a knack for web design, then get yourself a Behance profile and start raving about how awesome you are and soon enough you’ll get requests. 76. Chocolate/cake/baking retailer Are you the sort of person that watched the Great British Bake Off and thinks “I could win this”? If so, get on it, and create a Shopify or Etsy storefront to sell your awesome creations. 77. Car boot sales Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Buy and sell at car boot sales; some people make so much money from this that it’s a full-time job. 78. Pop-up shop If you have great products, be it fashion, food or anything else, grab yourself your own storefront for a day or a week using WeArePopup. 79. Market stall Same as above – if you have physical products to shift then get in front of people. Did you know you can rent a market stall at Camden, a world famous market, for as little as £15 a day? 80. Pretty much make anything Showcasing stuff is one thing, but if you have a product, you can also get it online to maximise your reach through places like Etsy – a marketplace specifically for homemade crafts. Miscellaneous business ideas This post could’ve probably been ‘300 business ideas’ but I just don’t have the time. Here are some of our favourites that didn’t fit into the other categories. 81. Flyering agency Companies always need people to flyer in public places or via letterbox drops. I even suggested flyering in some ideas earlier on. A lot of professional flyering agencies charge massive amounts for a simple task, undercut them and you’ll win lots of business. 82. Event/Party planner Partner with wedding and event venues for instant customers. 83. Tour guide If you’re in London, there’s a bunch of ‘walking tours’ so don’t assume you need a bus! All you need is a tour, a theme and enough confidence to drum up business from passers-by. 84. Ticket reseller Sell tickets for shows and concerts, either directly for the venue as a reseller or buy them yourself and sell them at a premium nearer the time. 85. Lemonade company When life gives you lemons… make lemonade and sell them to supermarkets! I’m not joking, a friend of mine runs WeMadeDrinks, a drinks company which started out as a lemonade company at university. 86. Delivery company Own a van? Create a “james-manwithvan.com” style website and promote your services through social media and posting on sites like Gumtree. 87. Removal company Own a really big van? Same as above. 88. Snack/coffee stall You can buy a coffee stand for a few hundred pounds, they’re all over the major cities and the markup on a cup of coffee is typically over 60%, not bad! 89. Disk jockey Partner with venues, events companies, wedding planners etc to provide DJ services. 90. Security You’d be amazed how much money you can make by working the doors at a nightclub as a contractor. 91. Chauffeur Get to drive an awesome car and get paid to do it. Register as a driver for UberLux. 92. Mystery shopper Get paid to go shopping, what an easy life! 93. Car wash Maybe not quite as extreme as the one in the photo above though. 94. Private investigator Become Sherlock Holmes and solve crime for a living. If you’re licensed, and good at it, it can be pretty lucrative. 95. Debt collector There’s a lot of money in this too, and it requires pretty much no expertise. Get paid to knock on doors and ask for cash, from people that have agreed to payment plans, then get a cut of everything they give you. You typically own territories too, so you’re not competing for business with anybody else. 96. Printing Buy a big powerful printer and copier and sell printing services to local businesses. 97. Equipment rental I know people that make a stupid amount of money renting out snow machines, foam machines and more. This stuff doesn’t cost a fortune and there’s always somebody looking for it. 98. Recycling Did you know you can get paid for taking stuff to be thrown away or recycled? There’s a lot of money in things like copper piping, offer to rip it out for free to your neighbours and sell it on at a profit. 99. Distributor/Franchisee If you’re stuck for an idea, you can just buy into something from somebody else. Franchises are when you buy into a larger business model, like a Pizza Hut and open your own store under their brand. 100. Bed and breakfast If you have a family home and the kids have moved out, why not turn it into a B&B? 101. Voice over If you have a distinct voice or are great at impressions, you can sell your services as a voice over artist for videos and TV productions. 102. Motivational speaker If you have a particularly inspiring story, or are just amazing on stage, you can make a lot of money touring the speaker circuit. Conferences shell out thousands of pounds for 1 hour long sessions.

27 Quotes to Change How You Think About Problems

It happens to even the most seasoned of entrepreneurs. You’ve built momentum for your latest project, you’re excited to embrace new challenges and you’ve visualized success at the end of the road. But all of a sudden an unexpected problem stops you dead in your tracks — and this one seems impossible to solve. Yes, major hurdles are disheartening, and they’re often unavoidable. But the way you engage with and think about problems directly influences your ability to solve them. Here’s how some of the world’s smartest people think about problems and how you can learn to overcome them. 1. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein 2. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Shuller 3. “All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them.” – William F. Halsey 4. “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin 5. “Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; Instead they require maturity to outgrow them.” – Steve Maraboli 6. “Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow” – Tony Robbins 7. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard 8. “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?” – Shantideva 9. “It isn’t that they cannot find the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem.” – G.K Chesterton 10. “Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity” – Gerhard Gschwandtne 11. “We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem.” – Russell L. Ackoff 12. “A positive attitude may not solve your problems — but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Anonymous 13. “Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution.” – Anonymous 14. “Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.” – Gerald M. Weinberg 15. “Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.” – Rene Descartes 16. “Your ability to solve problems and make good decisions is the true measure of your skill as a leader.” – Brian Tracy 17. “If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem, it is impossible to solve it.” – Naoto Kan 18. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington 19. “Giving up is the most painful way of solving a problem.” – Anonymous 20. “Instead of thinking out the box, get rid of the box.” – Deepak Chopra 21. “Solving problems means listening.” – Richard Branson 22. “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” – Robert Kiposaki 23. “There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within you.” – Bob Proctor 24. “You can increase your problem-solving skills by honing your question-asking ability.” – Michael J. Gelb 25. “Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.” – Colin Powell 26. “If a problem can be solved it will be. If it cannot be solved there is no use worrying about it.” – Dalai Lama XIV 27. “All life is problem solving.” – Karl Popper By: Daniel Marlin Guest Writer Entrepreneur, marketer, business consultant. April 21, 2017  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

YACEDx Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) Port Harcourt Was A Success.

The long awaited YACEDx Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) Port Harcourt was a success. The Grand Tokyu Hotels in the Garden City of Port Harcourt played host to the gathering of entrepreneurs, company owners, manufacturers, fashion designers, educators, freelancers, consultants, media personnel, venture capitalists, and professionals from different fields. It was a knowledge sharing and a networking session. Lots of things were learnt, some were unlearned and many were relearned. The summit started officially with the rendering of the National Anthem to honour the Federal Republic of Nigeria (the host country) and thereafter, the “Getting to Know You.” This first exercise was idea-focused as it gave the participants an enabling opportunity to get to know each other, exchange pleasantries, share ideas and network. The keynote presentations came after the Executive President of YACEDx, Mr. Isaac Kwaku Essien gave his welcome address. The presentations were time focused and straight to the point as each of the five speakers had 18 minutes to share their idea with the audience. Mr. Ikenna Princewill Chiozoadighi, Founder and CEO of Allweda Child Safety and Co-founder of YACEDx took the lead with his electrifying presentation on “Why Think Entrepreneurship.” In his presentation, he unpacked founded and tested reasons we should start thinking entrepreneurship in the 21st Century. The second speaker for the day was a business guru, an investor and the CEO of NTETSIA from Ghana–Mr. Kweku Amo-Mensah. With just three PowerPoint slides, he spoke on “International Entrepreneurship.” In his presentation, he encouraged the audience to think and look beyond the shores of their immediate environment. He spoke on the need to think global and prospect wide in our quest for entrepreneurship. Mr. Amo-Mensah’s presentation was followed immediately by a well delivered talk by Mr. Eric Okomado, a Virtual Assistant and Preseidnt of the Greater Kingdom Impact Foundation on the topic: “Things to Know Before You Start Your Business.” He emphasized that entrepreneurship is not for everyone but for those who have the spirit of entrepreneurship and are willing to swim against the tides of hard knocks of growth. Among these successful men, there was a successful and a dynamic young lady, Loveth Chukwu, the Co-founder and Principal Lead of Morgate Financial Services. Her presentation on “How to Fund Your Business” was superb. She unveiled lots of trusted measures via which young entrepreneurs and starters could raise funds for their business and scale for full growth. Mr. Isaac Kwaku Essien wrapped up the presentation session with his mind blowing delivery on “Winning Strategies In Entrepreneurship.” Top on the list of the winning strategies for entrepreneurs which he revealed was that entrepreneurs are avid readers.  He employed the audience to cultivate this habit as it is the common denominator that unites successful entrepreneurs. The peak of the Summit was the Business Clinic. A session were all the five keynote speakers were on stage to answer entrepreneurship focused questions that bothered around challenges, business models, government policies, capital, partnership, production, sales, marketing, branding and distribution. It was an enlightening session as the speakers unpacked the nitty gritty to make the journey of entrepreneurship a smooth ride for anyone. In the cause of the Business Clinic was the unveiling of The African Magnates Summit (TAMS) 2019 by the Executive President of YACEDX, Mr. Isaac Kwaku Essien. The unveiling of TAMS 2019 brought fresh breath of hope to young entrepreneurs in the audience. In the unveiling, the Executive President of YACEDX said come 20th-22nd of August 2019, YACEDX shall host over 800 young entrepreneurs, 20 mentors and 8 speakers at the Bank of Ghana auditorium, University of Ghana for The African Magnates Summit. At this event, teams of entrepreneurs from the 54 African nations would pitch their business idea and stand the chance to win a grant of up to $200,000.00 for 15 teams. This, he called the YACEDx Magnates Y-PRIZE Challenge 2020. Members of the audience were itchy to sign up for TAMS 2019 and he promised that info regarding registration would be made available at the organization’s website www.yacedx.org. The YACEDx Entrepreneurship Summit Port Harcourt 2019 was anchored by Mr. Ohemu Godwin Pius, President/Founder Readers Are Leaders Nigeria. Entrepreneurs are turning things around for good. Together, we can make Africa the hopeful continent. You’re welcome to join YACEDX anytime. Let’s meet in Ghana come August 2019. Report by: Ohemu Godwin Pius CEO: Readers Are Leaders Nigeria

Only Entrepreneurs Can Solve Africa’s Long-Standing Problem of Economic Stagnation – YACEDX

Entrepreneurs are the live wire of every nation. They are the crazy ones. They have no respect for the status quo. They see things differently. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire and they push the human race forward. Any nation of the world today that enjoys life to the fullest in terms of infrastructural development, industry, power, health care, food, education and transportation does so on the thriving innovative ingenuity of her entrepreneurs. To address Africa’s long-standing problem of economic stagnation, The Young African Chief Executive Directors Network (YACEDX) took another giant step to organize a continent-wide entrepreneurship workshop dubbed: The African Magnates Summit and Exhibition 2019. Speaking at the YACEDX Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) Port Harcourt, Nigeria at the Grand Tokyu Hotels on the 6th of April 2019, the Executive President of YACEDX, Mr. Isaac Kwaku Essien, unveiled the African Magnates Summit and Exhibition 2019 to a gathering of entrepreneurs, company owners, manufacturers, fashion designers, educators, freelancers, consultants, media personnel, venture capitalists, and professionals from different fields. In the unveiling, he explained that the Summit would be a gathering of over 1000 entrepreneurs from the 54 African nations to rob minds together and to birth innovative initiatives to solve Africa’s long-standing problems of economic stagnation. The Bank of Ghana Auditorium, University of Ghana campus is billed to play host to this event on Monday 19th August 2019 from 9 am to 6 pm. The Summit will be honored with the presence of African entrepreneurs, leadership experts, academic and business executives and thought leaders including Edem Attipoe of Ghana Airport Company, Ohemu Godwin Pius of Readers Are Leaders Nigeria, Jones Boakye of YCN, Akosua Opoku Agyemang of Lex Entertainment, Ikenna Princewill Chiozoadighi of Allweda Child Safety Solutions, Lily Edinam Botsyoe of GRIS Global, Kweku Amo-Mensah of Ntsetia Inc., Ama Duncan of The Fabulous Woman Network, Sewor Balasu of The CEO Project Ghana, Loveth Chukwu of Morgate Financial Services, Eric Okomado of Entrepreneurs Square, Fati Shaibu-Ali of e. Academy, Maxwell Beganim of IMDID, Daniel Owusu of Orientation Africa and Winifred Adjei of WA Coaching, UK amongst others. Also at the summit will be Ministers of States, members of parliament and former state officials. There would be a networking opportunity to learn leadership qualities and experiences from Ghanaian leadership giant, Mr Kenneth Kwamina Thompson, CEO of Dalex Finance. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi of Osei-Kusi Foundation on the theme: “Empowerment For Economic Growth, The Role Of Young People In Entrepreneurship”, while H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana would address the closing ceremony. The African Magnates Summit and Exhibition 2019 would witness the official unveiling of the “African Magnates Y-Prize Competition 2020”–an entrepreneurial challenge that rewards Young African Entrepreneurs for their most innovative and impactful ideas which tackle Africa’s most pressing problems. In the Y-Prize Competition, teams of entrepreneurs from the 54 African nations would pitch their business idea and stand the chance to win a grant of up to GHC 1,000,000.00 for 15 teams alongside other noncash prizes, first class mentorship, incubation and tutelage. Admission for this Summit is 100% FREE. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the actual event will begin at 9:00 am and end at 5:30 pm on August 19, 2019, at the Bank of Ghana Auditorium, the University of Ghana Campus. Participants can reserve their seats by visiting www.yacedx.org/tams19 or contact us via email: info@yacedx.org or call/WhatsApp 0241313836 / 0577313836 for bulk registration. YACEDX is an organization that seeks to inspire young people to change the face of the African continent through business. Our VISION is to serve a community of young ambitious entrepreneurs who aspire to inspire generations through their innovative business ideas. Our MISSION is to change Africa by creating a market-based approach that would ensure that people everywhere have access to basic human needs in the form of clean water, food, safety, and education through the works of young entrepreneurs. We believe that the future of the African continent lies in the hands of innovators, business-minded leaders and entrepreneurs. They are the ones that can solve Africa’s long-standing problems of economic stagnation. The summit is organized with the SDGs in mind and companies will be given the platform to exhibit their products or services. We guarantee you will leave this Summit equipped and enkindled to lead and transform your business, leadership and organization with renewed passion and drive. See you there!

3SL Group Receives A Brand New Laptop From MOBD Ghana

3SL receives a brand new Dell Laptop from the Ministry of Business Development for been part of best 20 ideas that are helping to transform the lives of people in Ghana, in the quest of building a better World. 3SL’s Executive President, Isaac Kwaku Essien on July 11, 2019 received the honor on behalf of the 3SL. The 3SL is committed to helping develop Deaf Culture in Ghana and beyond. The management of the 3SL Group would like to use this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of their board of trustees, patrons, facilitors, students and fans for been there for them always. A report on the Ministry of Business Developments website says; The Ministry of Business Development (MoBD) has today 11th July, 2019 in Accra launched the ‘Season Two’ of its flagship initiative The Presidential Pitch Competition which is aimed at realizing government’s ambition of helping to unleash an entrepreneurial revolution in the country. The project is in line with the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s, vision of assisting young entrepreneurs to incubate their business ideas and improve livelihoods. Speaking at the launch, the sector Minister Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal said, Ghana as a nation has a largely youthful population with over 200,000 graduates. Out of this number, only 10% of them are employed into the public sector with the rest struggling to get a job, a situation which according to the Minister is alarming. “The President therefore decided that entrepreneurship is the way out to solve youth unemployment and that’s why he created this ministry. Our mandate is to deepen entrepreneurship culture and build entrepreneurs out of young people”, Dr. Awal disclosed. He said, the Presidential Pitch competition is another initiative by the current administration to curb unemployment rate in the country by supporting young entrepreneurs with funding for free. Dr. Awal urged Ghanaian entrepreneurs below 35 years irrespective of ones educational background to apply for the competition and be assured of Government and his Ministry’s support with funds when selected. “The only way we can tap into this big market and opportunity is to prepare our young people to be entrepreneurs so that their products will not only meet local requirements but global standards; hence the idea of presidential pitch ”, he added. This year’s competition will take place on the 16th August, 2019. Entrepreneurs are to log on into the Ministry’s website at www.mobd.gov.gh and fill in the application form latest by 25th of July, 2019. Five out of ten runner-ups from last year’s competition were presented with laptops as a fulfillment of the promise made to them. With about 2,000 applications received last year, 20 proposals were selected at the end of the process, with the 20 successful applicants given mentors and attached to various businesses, and with the others stationed at the Ministry of Business Development’s incubator hubs. 3SL….in our hands!

Call For YACEDX Country Directors

Young African Chief Executive Directors Network (YACEDX) is an open community of change makers engaged in innovation and economic development. It brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from the 54 African countries. It gathers already a large network of over 100 business & innovation, research and investment organisations, 50+ international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 5 countries. To learn more, visit www.yacedx.org and follow YACEDX on Facebook or Twitter. Our Country Directors (Ambassadors) are individuals who lead an innovation, a start-up, business or a social enterprise in their resident countries, like giving to their community and are impacting the lives of their people through their skills. Desirable Qualities A country Director should have good diplomatic and interpersonal skills. The Country Director should have good communication skills, written and oral and should be able to coordinate teams and be a self-starter. The Country Director should have good leadership and administration skills and relevant experience in the field s/he wants to work in. The country Director should network and maintain a good working relationship with other stakeholders in the industry and in the country. Technical Skills Candidates should have computer skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as MS Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint will be a plus. Should have critical skills to analyze and interpret basic accounting data and have basic budget preparation skills, Should be able to have contract and procurement making and negotiation skills. Responsibilities and Duties The Country Director will; be in charge of supervising YACEDX events, programs and projects. be expected to manage and supervise YACEDX Community Members and Volunteers. assists in the screening and recruiting of new staff and volunteers. S/he will provide training for employees and develop training programs for volunteers within our network. develop strategic plans for their countries and ensure that, the operational plans and strategic plans of the organization are met. be responsible for managing all the resources of the organization in the country. report back to his superiors and may be required to prepare mid-year and end-year reports on progress made. recommend projects in their community. help other people in need by creating campaigns for them on “Yacedx FundPress”. Benefits: Free Business Account on network.yacedx.org Introduce social change Become an entrepreneurship leader in your country Effective communication and public speaking training Your name will be in our ambassadors’ list and published on our websites. Receive license to organize events for YACEDX in your country Be part of an international community of changemakers Discounts on event tickets, products and services from YACEDX, on Unishop Top Country Directors are eligible to receive, All expense paid trip to attend Dare2Achieve or TAMS and mentions. Eligibility Official YACEDX Country Directors will be those that meet these requirements: Be interested or have experience in entrepreneurship and leadership Leading or serving their business start-up or social enterprise at the time of application A resident and citizen of one of the participating 55 countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau. Kenya, the Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Kingdom of Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Special notice: Director will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, sex, gender, sexuality, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic. Applicants with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply for the position of “Country Ambassador”. Selection Criteria The Country Directors’ candidate selection committee by YACEDX will use the following criteria to evaluate applications and interviews: Demonstrated professional entrepreneurial experience and knowledge Commitment to a community or public service, mentorship, or volunteerism in your home country and to applying entrepreneurial and leadership skills, experience and knowledge to benefit your community and country Demonstrated understanding of how your personal and professional goals align with YACEDX objectives Demonstrated leadership, commitment to your organization or business’s success, positive attitude, initiative, and perseverance Demonstrated good judgment and decision-making skills. If you are interested in creating a positive change and to be an ambassador for YACEDX, please fill this form to learn more!

Happy Birthday Maud Ama Fugar!

Happy birthday 🎂 🎂 🎂 to you @Maud Fugar, (One of our Longest Serving Volunteers) on this your special day You volunteer your time and put others ahead of you You never expect recognition for all that you do We just want to take the time to say how much you mean to us all Please know that you are appreciated, valued, and loved every day. You are so special and lovely. We are sorry 🙏 🙏 we can’t join you to celebrate together with you today as a group. Enjoy yourself and have a wonderful birthday. We love 😍 😍 😍 you. Happy birthday 🎂 🎂 🎂 All at YACEDX Yacedx Home