War on Mediocrity: 4 Mindset Shifts Essential For Success

You know that moment in life when you finally realize that most people are wallowing in mediocrity?

I do. I was working in my first ever post-college job and I saw “grown adults” in their 40’s and 50’s earning slightly more than I was.

They had been working there ten, fifteen, some even thirty years, with everyday being the same 9 to 6 schedule. The same suits. The same cubicles. The same paycheck. The same break room small chat.

Shortly before I quit, I sat down with a trusted coworker and asked her “You’ve been working here 10 years. How do you deal with the boringness of it all?”

Her response surprised me. She said that I was that I was ungrateful, that this was a “good, stable job” and this is just “how life is”. You commute to work, you commute home, you pay your taxes, you spend time with your family, you eventually move out to the suburbs, and then you die.

That was the genius “game plan” that I’d spend my life in school preparing for.


And there it was staring me straight in the face for the first time ever: the product of a mainstream mediocrity.

I then vowed to not only reject a mediocre lifestyle, but also a “good” one. I needed exceptional. Exciting. Transformative. Legacy-worthy.

And here I am, many years later, with a truly remarkable business that improves the lives of thousands around the world. This is the product of denying mediocrity.

Here are the four core mindset shifts that every exceptional entrepreneur has had to make in order to reach massive success and abundance in their businesses and lives:


1. The victim mentality must be left at the door

We were raised to be grade-A complainers. I remember blaming everything from my grades to my athletic ability to my job on someone or something else, whether it was genetics, teachers or a bad sleep schedule.

I couldn’t “own” anything, and no one made me. This is where “victim mentality” begins for most adults, disabling any opportunity to evolve, improve, and succeed.

True leadership requires you to unwire that mentality and think from a place of “I get to do this” instead of “I got to do this”. It demands that you be a person of solutions, not roadblocks, and approach situations from a place of gratitude instead of resentment.

And, most importantly, it truly challenges you to take responsibility for not only your actions and choices but others’. As a leader, employer, partner and role model, you have to accept that the moves you make have a ripple effect onto those who admire you. So when they make mistakes, it is unproductive to address the surface level problem, but instead, you should look at the root - you - and see what you could have done better to have a better influence.

All successful entrepreneurs have decided that they are responsible to create their reality. Not their bosses, not their parents, not their partners. Them. And when you can truly begin to approach your life and business from a place of ownership and action instead of passivity and blame, you will realize that you’re capable of achieving just about anything.


2. Self-punishment is unproductive

When people slack off, don’t follow their diets or procrastinate on big projects, they tend to subconsciously punish themselves. Think about it - we’ve all been in moments where we don’t allow ourselves to go out for dinner with friends, we don’t dress as nicely to work, we run mundane tasks just to feel more “productive”, and we don’t even care when someone calls us out on it.

It’s because we’re punishing ourselves and telling ourselves that we don’t “deserve” to enjoy life when we’re underperforming in other categories.

But young entrepreneurs realize that self-care - versus self-neglect - is an essential ingredient to their success. And it’s their responsibility as leaders to not only think about their own journeys, but how their actions will influence the journeys of others as well.

Growing a business requires any entrepreneur to show up as their best selves every day. The money they make, the audience they grow, and the legacy they build depends on it. But it’s impossible to do that without putting self-care at the top of the priority list. Subconscious self-punishment is natural but is also an unproductive habit that any person bound for success needs to expel from their lifestyle immediately.

So, take the time to do your hair in the morning. Exercise. Get a massage. Travel. These “indulgent” activities will skyrocket your growth. Trust.


3. Money is your friend

As a millennial entrepreneur, there is nothing that I encounter more in this community than money drama. It’s infectious. Everyone seems to have some personal vendetta against their bank accounts, their price points, their expenses, and their paychecks. Something about it nicks people at their core, spilling out all kinds of insecurities, frustrations, stresses, and pain.

And I get it. If you were raised in a family or community where sayings like “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, “More money, more problems” or simply “We can’t afford that!” it naturally instills a scarcity mindset that associates wealth with “bad”.

But successful entrepreneurs challenge themselves to develop a positive relationship with money by using it to enable personal empowerment, growth, and transformation. They do not use it (or hoard it) out of fear. Remember that cash is energy - it's intended to be used for good, not for stress or "rainy days".

And when you manage to get out of the scarcity mindset and realize that there is unlimited money in the world that is on its way to you right now, your life will transform.

This week, spend money on something you normally wouldn't but will help you grow - maybe that's buying a new planner, signing up for an online course, buying a conference ticket, hiring a personal trainer, or buying a new coffee machine. But whatever it is, stop hoarding. When you spend money in positive ways, more money comes back to you.


4. Don’t take it personally

There are statistics that say that 90 percent of new businesses fail in their first year. If this is the case, I would accredit most of it to personal insecurity and pain.

The key to getting through the first year of business and every other milestone along the way is to realize that the criticism, doubt, and unsolicited advice that others share with you is not personal. But so many entrepreneurs are trapped in the “this business is my baby” mentality instead of “this is a money-making machine” mentality, therefore, the business crumbles.

The most resilient, unshakable entrepreneurs I know have consciously separated their personal feelings from their businesses. Yes, negativity in the form of client feedback, industry criticism, or a simple lack of sales can be devastating for a business owner. But it's a mistake to be afraid of those occurrences. Face it. Challenge it. Solve it. Move on from it. It really is that simple.

A rule of thumb that has transformed my business is to only take advice from those who have already been where I’m trying to go. Not my friends, not my parents, not my community. It would be easy to succumb to that criticism. But I choose to only listen and act on the feedback of those who have surpassed my success, and even that I do not take personally. It’s business. It isn’t your character, your values or your personality. It’s simply a money-making machine. Remember that.


Growing up, we were conditioned to believe a number of fallacies that prevent most from producing remarkable work in their lives. It’s a shame, but luckily, these ideas can be reprogrammed. If you are serious about skyrocketing your influence, your income, and your impact, you have to evaluate your belief system and be open to adopting new ideas that feel uncomfortable. But you cannot build an empire without building the foundation first. Master your mind, and master your business.

The Top 2018 Travel Adventures For Every Single Millennial

You should be grateful that I already planned out your year for you.

2017 was a massive year in terms of millennial travel and the beginning of a new era of digital nomads. I travel for my soul, for the adventure, and for the endless stories that I’ll be able to tell afterwards. Here are some of the best travel destinations for people who are looking for just that and a little extra. I got your back with some stunning spots with great views to help you relax, refuel, and that offer you endless amounts of places to get your work done from.

1. Helsinki, Finland

As we all know, Iceland is THE shit. You’ve got your hot springs, beautiful women, and some GOT fire and ice vibes, but everyone’s been there and now Helsinki is the place to be. There are so many things to do in Helsinki, whether it be the museums, the design district, or a day trip to one of the few small towns in the area, a weekend just won’t be enough.

Relaxation Vacation  @loylyhelsinki

Founded by actor Jasper Pääkkönen, who plays Halfdan on the History Channel’s TV series Vikings, Löyly is a high class take on the traditional Finnish sauna experience. The sauna relaxation rooms are designed with classic Scandinavian minimalist architecture in mind and are truly divine and luxurious.

Culture Trip @thefinnishmuseumofphotography @detailsofhelsinki

Helsinki is home to some of the most well designed museums in the world and it would be a shame not to visit at least one of them. The Finnish Museum of Photography has a mind boggling amount of photography made my Fins from all ages and backgrounds.

Cool Kids #kallioblockparty

Kallio is the hip bohemian hub of Finland for all who are into craft beer, vintage shops, summer time park sits, or even just window shopping. Try and go at the end of August and you might be able to catch the biggest block party in the neighborhood.



2. Baden Baden, Germany

Forget the classic image of beer bellied Germans bathing in public hot bath water, Baden Baden is the hot spring spa center for chic German and international millennials. The city is small but mighty, fostering a full casino, boxing gym, extravagant hotels, and its own airport. In the spring and summer the local river that runs through the town brings great bird watching and a perfect atmosphere to sit at a waterside bar and try their local beer.  Check out the city’s instagram page for some travel inspiration

Caffeinate Yourself Fb: Café König

Take a break at the famous Kaffee König which has the most heavenly pastries and indulgent cakes you’re ever seen. You’ll recognize the shop by the minimalistic sign, sweet French patisserie look, and line out the door!

Soak Your Bones 📍Caracalla Therme

There’s no better place to poolside lounge than at the Caracalla Spa. They have outdoor pools, saunas, and are even clothing optional! If you’re into a truly nakey experience then head to the Friedrichsbad baths for a quiet soak in your birthday suit underneath 19th century architecture with an addition of a body scrub down and lotion.

Santa Claus Love  @citybadenbaden #christmasmarket

The traditional Baden Baden Christmas Market only is open from November until the end of December but if you’re into Christmas cheer this place will help you celebrate your holiday love all year round. Sip warm mulled cider while you buy literally everything Christmas related that has ever existed for the creepy Santa shrine in your basement (because I know it’s not just me).



3. Tel Aviv, Israel

I’m partial to Tel Aviv because I live in Israel and I love a good weekend of sunshine-y Friday afternoon drinking among some of the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen in your life, but I think it’s an objective fact that this Mediterranean hotspot is high up on everyone’s travel list. You want it? TLV has it: Sick night clubs, a stunning beach that’s always a walk away, great bars, even better eateries, and great tanning weather! You can rent a tel-o-fun bike on almost every street corner or check out the city by foot, but what’s for sure is that you won’t be disappointed.

Vegans Unite Fb: Anastasia אנסטסיה

Cafe Anastasia has the whole “outdoor-succulent filled-LA-vegan” thing going on and it’s food is seriously good! Aside from normal table seating there’s a floor pillow area and a great laptop counter work space, so come hungry and ready to potentially wait in line for a good spot.

Photo Worthy Spots #nevetzedek

You must visit the gorgeous Neve Tzedek with its cream washed buildings and low overhanging bougainvillea. The streets are lined with quaint boutiques, small art stores, and the occasional street musician. Just rethink wearing heels because you might find it hard to walk on some of the quaint cobblestone streets.  

Drink Up @bellboycocktails

Grab a happy hour drink at The Bellboy but come dressed the part. They’ve got serious a speakeasy vibe going on with their intimate bar space and cocktails served in things like palm sized bathtubs or with a smoking pinecone on the side.


4. Havana, Cuba

*cue “Havana Social Club”  in the background*

We’ve all seen those stunning instagram shots of beautiful woman in bright clothes casually leaning on vibrant 50’s cars, but what you don’t see are the crowds of salsa dancers on the street, graffiti artists tagging every corner, and hipsters galore.

Eat Me #eldelfrente

The lobster tacos at El Del Frente are a must! The restaurant has a menu of Carribean/Cuban seafood fusion, as well as great staff and mango mojitos to die for so come  The entrance is somewhat hard to find but once you climb up the small staircase you’ll feel right at home at hands down one of the best restaurants in Havana.

Booty Shakin  #callejondehamel

Callejon de Hamel is the afro-cuban hub and neighborhood in Havana that has street performers, live rumba music, and loads of dancing. Salvador Gonzáles, a local artist, covered every wall in the neighborhood with either shells, graffiti, paintings, or glitter, which makes it a prime photo stop. The music starts every Sunday at around noon and the dancing is infectious!  When I went there it a local man even said to me “Mami, you shake your booty like a Cuban”!

Get Tatted @lamarcabodyart

Check out this ground breaking social movement hub filled with artists, revolutionaries, and some of the coolest people you’ve ever met. Not only do they tattoo but they hold concerts, art shows, and will take you out for a drink if you’re cool enough to kick it. You can follow them on instagram.


5. Halong Bay, Vietnam

Fancy a cruise among massive water locked rock formations? Kayaking and SUPing in some of the most beautiful jade waters you’ve ever seen? If that speaks to you then Halong Bay, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the place because it's cheap, accessible, and only now starting to get popular so get your butts over there ASAP!

Off The Beaten Path #hospitalcave

On the Island of Cat Ba there is a “Hospital Cave”, Hang Quan Y,  from the time of the Vietnam war, that has a hospital built into it which now houses an eerie museum with dimmed lighting and great acoustics. Definitely worth the day trip into the Vietnamese nature...if you’re willing to be totally creeped out by the ghostly creeks in the cave…

I’m On A Boat #halongbaycruise

A multitude of small local cruise ships do outdoor activity day trips, booze cruises, or just sail around and anchor themselves on private beaches for tanning. There are also luxury cruise ships that go above and beyond for their customers and give you one hell of a trip to remember with experiences like private beach BBQs, champagne at sunset, and breathtaking views that not all get to see.

Rock My World #deepwatersolo  📍Halong Bay

If you’re the adventurous type, try doing a free water solo climbing experience (you can also just plain old rock climb too) while on mountain faces that drop straight into warm gulf water!


Each of these 5 places have something uniquely special about them that you won’t find anywhere else and it’s up to you to find them this coming year!

So what do ya say...did I succeed in planting the travel bug in ya?

See a place you like? Want more advice? I’m your address for any travel help you need so hit me up on Instagram or Facebook and we’ll set your plans in action!


Rio Cheyenne Blue

Professional Traveler and Adventure Seeker



Top Recommended Tools: October 2017



*Email Marketing Software: ConvertKit

*Landing Page / Funnel Software: Leadpages

*Grammar / Spelling Checker: Grammarly

*Social Proof Plug-In: Proof

*Payment Processor: SamCart

*Facebook Group Growth: Engage with Purpose

*iPhone Filming: iKross Tripod for iPhones

Webinar Hosting: Zoom

iPhone 8 plus 64 GB

*Online Scheduler: Acuity

Funnel Timer Software: Deadline Funnel

Headphones: Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds

Video: Canon Camera Package

*Screen Recording: Telestream


Marketing Automation Software: Zapier

Task Organization Tool: Asana

Graphic Design Tool: Canva

High-Quality Free Stock Photos: Unsplash

Website Platform: Squarespace

3 Bite-Sized Weekend Reads

But with nonstop travel, distractions and unpredictable wifi, the one thing that always keeps me connected to my work is reading. More than Facebook groups, online courses, YouTube or newsletters, good old fashioned books are what allow me to challenge my beliefs, expand my understanding of the online marketing space, birth new ideas for my business and provide more valuable content for you.

You can often get more insight from a $10 book than a $1K online course, so why millennials avoid them like the plague is beyond me.

Here are three super short (but crazy valuable) books that you should pick up and read this weekend. Enjoy!

The Purple Cow


This is one of Seth Godin's older books, but it's just as relevant and powerful as ever. If you're looking to stop being just another service provider and instead become a remarkable powerhouse in your industry, pick up this tiny book of wisdom. You won't regret it.

The Conversion Code


This book is a brilliant blend of marketing strategy and sales tactics. Perfect for both the beginner and the experienced entrepreneur, The Conversion Code will walk you through step-by-step how to bring more people into your tribe on autopilot and seamlessly close them as clients.


Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us


Another Seth Godin work of art. Tribes is perfect for those looking to build loyal, enthusiastic advocates for their brand and become lifelong leaders in their space. If you're on the influencer train, this book is a must-have.

Happy Friday!


The Secret to Building A Relationship With Anyone

Do you ever find yourself throwing your arms up in their and asking everyone in your proximity, “What is WRONG with people?!

I know I do. And if you’re a fellow breathing human being, I’m guessing you’ve also been confronted with the reality of people’s shittiness.

In fact, just this morning, I spent thirty minutes of my precious time talking to my least favorite type of person: the freebie hoarder.

If you’re an entrepreneur, you know who I’m talking about: that guy who relentlessly seeks free insights, content and advice from you without ever having the intention of paying for your products and services. And while most of the time I’m a pro at avoiding these people, today, one of them trapped me into a 30 minute conversation about her struggling coaching business.

In this moment, it would have been easy for me to throw my arms up in the air, punch a nearby wall, scream “What is WRONG with people?!” and allow it to ruin my day. But in this moment, I took a deep breath, and had a huge realization:

I cannot change the way that this person acts. But what I can do is choose to see them through a different lens and naturally reap the rewards.

Of course, this woman isn’t someone who drastically impacts my day-to-day. But more often than not, millennials are faced with with complex, negative, inflexible perceptions of those close to us that are drastically impacting our businesses and lives (without even realizing it!).

For example, maybe your business partner is a grade A flake who only follows through on half of his responsibilities. In result, you’re resentful and feel completely overworked.

Maybe your client is a total nagger who demands far more from you than you ever agreed to. So in result, you spread yourself too thin and miss opportunities to work with clients who will actually appreciate you.

Maybe your mom is harassing you about going to grad school when all you really want to do is focus on your business. In result, you feel guilty about your work and hide it from the world.

Maybe your own ego is telling you that you aren’t good enough to sign high-paying clients, and in result, you remain penniless.

Here’s what it comes down to: When we’re subconsciously stuck in these negative perceptions of others, we are setting ourselves up to under perform. We fail to be the best partners, business owners, friends, and children we can be. And worst of all, we’re hindering ourselves from building relationships with those who matter most.

If you’re struggling in your relationships and perceptions of others, here are some things that you cannot do:

  • Build relationships with top editors who will open the gates to getting published
  • Reach out to fellow entrepreneurs for mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Attract the right people into your tribe who will fawn over your work
  • Sign 5-figure clients every month without effort
  • Get invited to speaking engagements and live events

Why? Because when you’re glued to the idea that people are rude, selfish, close-minded, cheap, etc, you positioning them (and yourself) to fail.

It’s time that we start viewing our relationships as the foundation of our businesses. Hitting consistent $20K months or having 100,000 followers is not about any single marketing strategy, growth hack, or ad platform. It’s about accepting and understanding that everyone can get better, any relationship can be mended, and any new relationship can be formed if you simply gave it the chance to do so.

If you’re struggling with fixing and building relationships that will help you grow, here are three steps to start with:

1. Identify three people who you’re struggling with (one of these people could be yourself)

2. Write out the reasons that the relationship isn’t working

3. Make notes of:

  1. Which of these are facts, and which are opinions? (You’ll find that 99% are opinions)

  2. Which of these opinions are worth reconsidering? Choose 2.

  3. How are these opinions making the situation more challenging, thus hurting my business?

  4. Which opinions, if changed, would positively affect things and make my business grow?

If you’re struggling with mending and building relationships that matter, this isn’t something that can be pushed off. This is the foundation of your business and needs to be addressed now. What are you going to do about it?


To The Controlling Entrepreneur

Whenever I sit down to write, I struggle with the same question: Is this an opportunity to write from the perspective of the online marketing me? Or should I talk about the "regular" me? What does my audience need to hear right now? What can I share that will help them? 

Nine times out of ten, I opt for the former. My community needs both inspirational and practical advice to build their businesses, I tell myself. They don't need to know about what's going on beneath that.

I think that part of it has always been a subconscious understanding that writing about my personal life's trials and tribulations is dangerous. Admitting that I don't have the answers to everything could lesson my community's respect for me, or make them question if I'm someone worth following. "If this girl is screwing up, why should I believe in her as a thought leader?"

Essentially, somewhere along the line, I decided that hiding the fact that I'm a real human would make me more interesting to my audience. And that's fucked up.

So I'm just going to say it. I'm having a really hard time with something. And that something is control.

When I was in college, I struggled with a severe eating disorder that led to multiple health complications. It consumed every minute of every day for several years, and that obsession naturally spilled over into other aspects of my life.

During this difficult time, I went on a vacation with my parents and brother. And instead of enjoying Hawaii and the limited time I had with my family, I made the entire trip's focus on food. Not just the food that I was expected to eat, but on my younger brother's eating habits as well.

I was awful to him. Every time he would order something like pizza in a restaurant, I would scold him about how he should have ordered a salad. When he asked my mom if we could go out for ice cream, I'd shame him for making such poor choices. Every time he even brought up food, I found a way to bully him out of it. 

Keep in mind that he was only 11 at the time.

Many people would ask, "If it was your eating disorder and your issue with your own body, why would you put that on someone else?"

Because when I'm obsessed with something, I truly believe that everyone should be. It's not out of spite or anger. It's from a place of being fully consumed by something much bigger than myself and my inherent fear of it. 

Over the past few years, I have put my whole heart into building my business. From the first minute, I dove deep into every book, course, program, and online resource I could find on digital entrepreneurship. This evolving world consumed me too, but in a much more positive and healthy way.

But with the excitement that comes from creating something from scratch and pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, I began (and continue) to worry. I worry that what I'm doing isn't enough. That I'll say something my followers won't like. That I'll lose their trust. That I'm ten times behind some other entrepreneur. That things will begin to grow too fast and I'll lose control. That things will slow down and soon thistle out. 

And this is when the need for control kicks in. Tagging along closely behind are always judgment, impatience, and close mindedness.

Suddenly, nothing matters other than having this control over work. And if anyone's actions or goals don't align with that, I begin to judge or question them.

Last week, my boyfriend told me that he was thinking of getting his PhD and becoming a professor. Instead of supporting him with his idea and encouraging him to pursue it, I snapped and said "That doesn't really align with our goal of being digital nomads, does it?"

What I forgot in that moment was that being an online entrepreneur is my goal. It isn't his. He is his own person with his own dreams and plans. But out of my own insecurities and stresses about my future, I put that negativity on him. 

Similarly, when someone from the Go-Getter community tells me that they're still trying to overcome self-doubt and fear in starting their business when they told me the same exact thing eight months ago, I lose it. How come they aren't pushing themselves harder? Why are they not more focused? How come they're still stuck? They have every resource available to them to make it happen. They must just not want it badly enough. 

It's mean, aggressive, black and white, and totally uncalled for. It makes me feel like a bully.

Breaking through this internal block is something that I'm working on. And it needs to come from a place of trust, compartmentalization, and a focus on the now.

Ask yourself right now, what are things that you can control in your business?

  • Your products and services
  • Your content
  • Your marketing strategy
  • Your client work
  • Your interactions with your community

What you can't control:

  • How others react to those elements
  • What others think of you
  • Who wants to hire you
  • Whether that Entrepreneur editor will email you back or not
  • The exact amount of income you'll drive over the next year

And I find that when I'm focused on what I can control right now instead of worrying about things that have spun out of control in the past or things that might go wrong in the future, my head is clearer. And with a clearer head, I can make better decisions.

For a second, fuck your business. Fuck your goals. Fuck your plans. None of it will matter if you allow your brain to destroy you from the inside.

It's time to run an inventory on your mind. What parts need to be deleted and what parts need more attention? How can you clear through the cobwebs to finally discover the contempt, self-acceptance, and clarity you've been looking for?

Only then can you truly move forward.










Tapping into your source: four benefits of unleashing the power of positive thinking (GUEST POST)

Guest Post by Preetha Vijayan, Certified Results Coach

Have you ever felt that life is just passing you by without any gravitas? Have you ever felt that things are impossible? Do you sometimes feel drained of energy? That can all change…the power and ability to do so is all within YOU!

I have come to realise the magical benefits of positive thinking and it has been a very active effort on my part to shift my mindset to “higher level thinking” and consciousness. The results have been amazing!

1)You are ONE with life – have you ever had a day when everything seems to “flow?” Things happen exactly as you want it to – there is less traffic, less queues, you get your morning coffee on time, your meetings are productive – things just seem to go your way. Is this a coincidence? I choose to attribute this to your mindset and the positive energy that you emanate – which means you have become attuned with the universe. Having busy lifestyles, we tend to forget that we ourselves are the greatest miracle of life, and that we are all part of this beautiful universe. Keep reminding yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to – you just need to have an open mind and heart. Your life will always go the direction you want it to go… it all starts with you! Be willing to receive and the universe will give it to you… try it, you will be surprised. Life’s gifts and miracles are waiting to be presented to you!

2)Conserve your energy for the things that truly matter – being positive gives you a natural “high” and inspires you to be happy, grateful and optimistic and live a meaningful life. It gives you a very pleasant aura which enables you to invest your energy in useful events – things that really matters to you. This becomes a very invigorating practice – and you feed off your energy to build more positivity and harness this to do more amazing and inspiring things. It goes on and on!

3)You attract like minded people – do you find that you gravitate towards people who are more like you? These people have similar interests to you, and their values and ways of thinking also correspond to your mental wavelength. I call them the “positive posse.” If I examine my own circle of friends and my family, it is remarkable how alike we all are – I am surrounded by confident, strong, inspiring, grateful, energising, positive people and they continue to have a strong influence on my life. They encourage me to become a better person, keep me grounded and are always there for me during challenging times. The golden saying is true – “like attracts like!”

4)You are content with yourself – you will find that you are absolutely content with yourself. Your authentic self. You find that there is no need for any external validation and you do not depend on sources (outside yourself) to make you happy – be it friends, family, boyfriend/girlfriend, material things. You have learnt to radiate “inside out” confidence and happiness – it all comes from within you. So think about the liberation that can come from this way of thinking and being – anywhere, anytime, anyplace – YOU have the ability to control your emotions and mindset. This is the most healthy, pure and optimal way to function.

So next time you find yourself feeling down or stuck in a rut, remember that you can change this in just a second. That is the power and beauty of positive thinking. All you need is the WILLINGNESS to do so. It is an ACTIVE CHOICE. As Henry Ford says, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right!”


Why I'm Hiring A 16-Year-Old

This week, my lovely Community Manager, Renana, will be going on maternity leave. And while she's taking time off with the newest addition of her family, I'll be hiring an interim freelancer.

There were a lot of people who I could have hired. The Go-Getter community is packed with virtual assistants with various specialities, many of whom have been self-employed for years.

But instead, I'm choosing to hire my 16-year-old brother, Miles.

Onboarding Miles will take countless hours of training and his work will have to revolve around his baseball schedule. But I know that this is the best possible decision I could have made.

Here's why.

Last week, my mom called me and said that Miles was planning to apply for summer jobs at local fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Since he's soon getting his driver's license, he'll need money for gas and some other relevant expenses.

And as she was telling me this, I began to think about my own experience in my first high school job. I was paid $7 an hour to work in a daycare center on Saturday mornings (diapers and crying galore!) and it was miserable. It taught me that making money = doing things you hate at inconvenient times for the rest of your life. 

And for most people, this idea sticks with them. Thus begins the unbreakable cycle of minimum wage job hopping, money resentment, and overwhelming diffidence.

Although this mindset is challenging to shift for adults (this is why so many adults are baffled by the idea of starting their own business and leaving their safe 9 to 5 job), it's easy to mold the minds of teens. This is a prime opportunity to teach them that money can come from a place of excitement, creativity, self-agency, generosity, and fun.

And I want Miles to know that this mindset can benefit him for the rest of his life.

I want him to understand that he is talented and capable of charging for his services.

I want him to know that today, in 2017, his age has nothing to do with his success. I cannot tell you how many countless teenagers I know in the entrepreneurial community who have their own startups, have been featured in top-tier publications, and are bringing in 6-figure incomes online all from the convenience of their family living rooms.

I want Miles to know that having his own business isn't some far-off dream that only exceptional high schoolers can achieve.

I want him to know that this is something that he can achieve in the next month. Because if he learns these essential skills from me, there is no reason that he can't go off and then offer them to someone else.

Our responsibility as millennial entrepreneurs is more than giving ourselves the opportunity to achieve something remarkable. It's also to ensure that the following generation, Generation Z, understands that their opportunity is even greater.