- January 18, 2012 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
2012 is the year of the Dragon! Do you have an idea for a product that you've been dying to create? Something you know people would love but you don't have the know-how or the capital to even dream about beginning? Well... guess what? You live in the 21st century so you don't need know-how OR money! One of the latest methods of raising private money for your projects is a concept called "crowd-sourcing". Basically, if the idea is a good one you can create a summary of your idea, with a video, put it out there for the world to see and offer people rewards (that you will give them in the future) or allow them to pre-order a product before it's made in order to raise enough money to make the product come to life. One of the most popular websites out there that supports this type of fund raising is www.kickstarter.com. They have developed a platform that allows people to create "campaigns" for any sort of artistic project or product with any monetary goal for whatever it is you need money for, and people can become "backers" for your idea. They put up a little bit of money and are allowed to pre-order something or they get some other sort of kick-back from becoming a sponsor.
I have recently created a campaign for a dual-language children's book that I am writing and I am offering it on Kickstarter. The books are not printed, but as soon as I reach my goal (of $2400 for publishing) the books will be printed and shipped to all of my backers. Other rewards include things like a kids' puzzle with some of the illustrations on it, a printed book tote bag, a mousepad with the book character on it, etc. But if I don't reach the $2400 goal, all the money is returned to the backers and I don't get to print the book!~ Take a look at this video I made and if you know anyone who might be interested, PLEASE forward it along to them! The campaign has been on the website for about a week and a half now, and I have already raised over $700 toward my goal.
So if you have a project that you've been wanting to get underway, I would strongly encourage you to check out this website for your own benefit. Take a look at what is on the site now, get a feel for the things that are being successfully funded, and try to figure out how your product could succeed in this type of campaign. There are also other crowd-sourcing websites out there like: www.indiegogo.com
- January 13, 2012 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
I studied Capoeira for some time and before and after every class we would repeat in unison, this phrase in Portuguese:
"Cada dia que pasa, estou melhor em tudo que faso."
It translates to: "Each day that passes, I am improving everything that I do."
So simply put that it leaves no more to be said. In every facet of your life, if you live by this mantra, you have no option but to succeed. It doesn't matter who you are, what your goals are or where you are in life. If you are alive, you have daily actions that you do to survive, and if you strive to do them better, you will be improving who you are in increments that are perfectly suitable and attainable by you. Whether you are a gymnast, a pirate, a bingo caller, a business owner or a rockstar, this phrase is relevant to you and you can immediately apply it to improve your life and improve your health.
How are you sitting right now? Is your posture correct?
How much time have you spent in front of the computer today? Too much?
What is your typing speed? Think you can make it faster?
Who was the last person you hurt? What it necessary or could you have used a better tactic?
What did you do for your health yesterday? Have you done it better today?
These are just a few of the questions you can apply to your actions to push you toward becoming the best human being you can be. I've mentioned "being all you can be" several times in this blog, and I've never served in the Army, but I believe that the fact that we're here on Earth is an amazing gift and we should all be making the best of it. Fundamentally speaking, if we want to make the best of our lives, we should first be the best person we can be.
Another interesting benefit of applying this mantra to your daily life is the fact that in order to successfully apply it, we first have to be AWARE. We need an awareness of our personal limits and we need to fundamentally understand what it will take to improve those limits.
Everyday, I try to workout a little bit harder than I did the day before, give more of myself, learn something new that I can apply to my life goals, or understand a new concept or strategy relevent to my current project.
What will be the next step to improving your daily life?