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Do More, Make More, Be More…

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Welcome to this week’s Weekend Takeaways and this week I am all about expanding your horizons…

You see, I went into this year thinking ‘Bigger & Better’ (actually, I do that every year) and I am constantly challenging myself to do the stuff that scares me…because although it might be a cliché it is also one of the most effective ways I know of propelling you forward.

So I want to look beyond the familiar and comfortable.  And I’m starting off with this great interview which is all about what it’s really like to own a thriving online business (in this case a data analytics/reporting platform).

If you already have a thriving business then this will give you a fresh perspective and if you don’t read on for inspiration:

http://blog.hubspot.com/entrepreneurship-reality-from-small-business-owner

This next recommendation may be a few years old but it still holds true, particularly now as we see glimmers of light at the end of the recession and therefore even more opportunity.

I love Steve Pavlina’s writing for its down to earth approach and I think many of you will resonate with it for that reason. Read this especially for its tips on expanding your mindset and approach as much as anything else:

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/12/how-to-make-lots-of-money-during-a-recession/

We all know about fear of failure – another often cited concept – and, again, one that holds true for many of us.  Here’s a helpful piece from Psychology Today to help you combat it:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201211/beyond-the-comfort-zone/embracing-the-fear-failure

OK, so theory is all very well but how about you challenge yourself by learning a new skill for free? One that can add to your income or even become a full-time income on its own?

Try these for size…

Apps, as I keep saying, are a huge opportunity and at this site you can create one for free and, if you love what you’ve created, you then pay a nominal fee to remove the site advertising:

http://www.theappbuilder.com/

Or how about creating a mobile site for yourself or for clients…again, for free…

http://www.google.com/sites/help/mobile-landing-pages/mlpb.html

This week’s Kindle freebie will help you achieve even more by getting your priorities straight and setting you off on the right foot in the morning – as a non-morning person, I’m taking this on board!

http://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Successful-Increase-ebook/dp/B00DBGXZLQ/

Finally, one profitable way of pushing yourself is to extend what you think you can reap from a launch or offer – this excellent, short video shows you how to make even more than you thought you could:

 

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