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Make More Money By Becoming Indispensable (Finish)

Seth Godin is the man. Seriously. Every time this guy puts something out, it casts things in a whole new light. And his latest book, Linchpin, is no exception. In Linchpin, Godin focuses on what it takes to become indispensable. Godin’s view is that you need to put your heart and soul into whatever you [...]

How My Friend Made $50,000 in a Single Week

A few months ago, I was having dinner with Mark (that’s not his real name), a friend who had recently started an online marketing business in San Francisco. When I asked him how he was funding his new venture, he said “Vik, you’re not going to believe this story…” Rewind to November of 2009. A [...]

Ways To Increase Your Powers Of Persuasion

Reciprocation. People have a natural sense of “fairness” – if I receive something from someone, I should repay them in some capacity. This makes it harder for people to say “no” to a request after they have already received something of value. For example, the American Disabled Veterans organization sends out mailers asking for donations. [...]

Eight Small Steps to Move Outside Your Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago, I was at a conference when I struck up a conversation with an older businessman. As we talked about the economy, I mentioned how it was really important for people to constantly adapt in an ever-changing world. The businessman turned to me with a surprised look. “I’ve been with my wife [...]

The Secret To Maximizing Your True Net Worth

It’s so easy to get comfortable in life. We start out all excited about our relationships and careers. We’re willing to work hard to learn about the other person and develop our skills. Fast forward five years. We’re set in our ways. Somewhere along the journey, we stopped learning and growing. How do you fight this [...]

How To Build A Great Network

It’s great to meet people, especially successful ones who can help you. But meeting them isn’t enough…your goal should be to build a long-lasting relationship. That’s when you’ll really start getting some value out of your network. Here are several things you can do to increase your chances of networking success:

Do What You Love, And Get Paid To Do It

When I was in college, I had one goal: make a lot of money. Then, after I was rich, I could do what I really wanted to do. Throughout high school and college, I kept asking myself that question: what is my reason for being here…and I could never come up with a definite answer. [...]

How to Go From Unknown to Authority Figure in Three Easy Steps

We all want to be the best at something. It’s human nature to desire respect and admiration. It’s also important for succeeding in business and in life. The big rewards go to the best of the best. This is because when you are the best at something, you instantly become an “expert.” People will pay [...]

Earn More Money by Becoming More Interesting

One of the best ways to increase your earning power is to become more interesting as a person. This is because interesting people are generally more exciting to be around. This allows them to expand their network, build their personal brand, and more effectively sell products and services. So how do you become more interesting? [...]

Three Ways You Can Make $5,000 Per Hour (or more!)

$5,000 per hour. It sounds crazy. Almost too good to be true, really. But when you think about it, there are actually a lot of people earning this much. Here’s the secret: it’s not like they are actually billing clients at $5,000 per hour. Instead, they are using their time in a way that yields [...]