David Keroen wrote a blog about the impirtance of a positive attitude and the traits that separates success from failure. Below are the 16 differences between successful people and unsuccessful people that Andy Bailey shared with him 

1. Embrace change vs. Fear change

Embracing change is one of the hardest things a person can do. With the world moving so fast and constantly changing, and technology accelerating faster than ever, we need to embrace what’s coming and adapt, rather than fear it, deny it or hide from it.

2. Want others to succeed vs. Secretly hope others fail

When you’re in an organization with a group of people, in order to be successful, you all have to be successful. We need to want to see our co-workers succeed and grow. If you wish for their demise, why even work with them at all?

3. Exude joy vs. Exude anger

In business and in life, it’s always better to be happy and exude that joy to others. It becomes contagious and encourages other to exude their joy as well. When people are happier they tend to be more focused and successful. If a person exudes anger, it puts everyone around them in a horrible, unmotivated mood and little success comes from it.

4. Accept responsibly for your failures vs. Blame others for your failures

Where there are ups, there are most always downs. Being a leader and successful businessperson means always having to accept responsibility for your failures. Blaming others solves nothing; it just puts other people down and absolutely no good comes from it.

5. Talk about ideas vs. Talk about people

What did we all learn in high school? Gossip gets you nowhere. Much of the time it’s false and most of the time it’s negative. Instead of gossiping about people, successful people talk about ideas. Sharing ideas with others will only make them better.

6. Share data & info vs. Hoard data & info

As we all learned in kindergarten, sharing is caring. In social media, in business and in life, sharing is important to be successful. When you share you info and data with others, you can get others involved in what you are doing to achieve success. Hoarding data and info is selfish and short-sighted.

7. Give people all the credit for their victories vs. Take all the credit from others

Teamwork is a key to success. When working with others, don’t take credit from their ideas. Letting others have their own victories and moments to shine motivates them and in the long term, the better they perform, the better you’ll look anyway.

8. Set goals and life plans vs. Do not set goals

You can’t possibly be successful without knowing where you’re going in life. A life vision board, 10 year plan, 3 year forecast, annual strategic plan, and daily goal lists are are useful tools of the mega-successful people in your life. Get your vision and goals down on paper!

9. Keep a journal vs. Say you keep a journal but don’t

Keeping a journal is a great way to jot down quick ideas or thoughts that come to mind that are not worth forgetting. Writing them down can lead to something even greater. You can even use mobile apps or your Notes function in your phone. But don’t fool yourself by saying you keep a journal and not following through.

10. Read every day vs. Watch TV every day

Reading every day educates you on new subjects. Whether you are reading a blog, your favorite magazine or a good book, you can learn and become more knowledgeable as you read. Watching television, on the other hand, may be good entertainment or an escape, but you’ll rarely get anything out of TV to help you become more successful.

11. Operate from a transformational perspective vs. Operate from a transactional perspective

Transformational leaders go above and beyond to reach success on another level. They focus on team building, motivation and collaboration across organizations. They’re always looking ahead to see how they can transform themselves and others, instead of looking to just make a sale or generate more revenue or get something out of the way.

12. Continuously learn vs. Fly by the seat of your pants

Continuously learning and improving is the only way to grow. You can be a step above your competition and become more flexible because you know more. If you just fly by the seat of your pants, you could be passing up opportunities that prevent you from learning (and growing!)

13. Compliment others vs. Criticize others

Complimenting someone is always a great way to show someone you care. A compliment gives a natural boost of energy to someone, and is an act of kindness that makes you feel better as well. Criticizing produces negativity and leads to nothing good.

14. Forgive others vs. Hold a grudge

Everybody makes mistakes; it’s human. The only way to get past the mistake is to forgive and move on. Dwelling on anger only makes things worse – for you.

15. Keep a “To-Be” list vs. Don’t know what you want to be

A “To-Be” list is a great way to strategize for the future. I want to be an elected official one day. I want to be a TED speaker. I want to be the CEO of a public company. I want to be a great father and husband. Unsuccessful people have no idea what they want to be. If you don’t know what you want to be, how can you achieve success? What do you want to be?

16. Have Gratitude vs Don’t appreciate others and the world around you.

Moments of gratitude, each and every one, transform my life each day- and unquestionably have made me more successful and more happy. The people who you are grateful for are often the ones who have a huge part in your success. Be sure to thank everyone you come in contact with and walk with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation and even wonder, about the world around you. Gratitude is the ultimate key to being successful in business and in life

The 6 most common reasons for procrastination

Great insights By Andrew & Angela Smith from Lifestyle Tradie http://www.lifestyletradie.com.au/

1. Limiting Beliefs

You may experience one part of you saying ‘Go for it’, while another little voice lurks around saying ‘Don’t be ridiculous, you’re not good enough to do that!’

We all have our own beliefs made up from religion, society, our parents, peers and partners. In may ways, our beliefs help determine who we are and how we live our life. Yet these beliefs can also limit out lives and become barriers that we need to overcome, hence the term ‘limiting beliefs’.

The same thoughts are played over and over in our mind. The positive strengthen you but those that are negative, weaken you.

Break free from limiting beliefs by examining your mind. As you become increasingly aware of the thoughts you are having, you are already one step to knowing what to change them to. If you can change the thoughts, you can change your beliefs.

2. Lack Of Clear Goals And Direction

Procrastination may be an indication that you don’t really know where you’re going in the grand scheme of things, and how today’s tasks will help you get there. There may be no clear links between the two.

Your immediate attention needs to be focused on understanding what you want, your direction, and hence this will give you a clear understanding of your future and hence confirm what actions you need to take to get there.

3. Lack Of Focus

Focus tends to slide when your plans for how you’re going to reach your goals and dreams aren’t clear enough.

To overcome this, break your goal down from the big picture to the smaller steps you need to tick off to get your end result.

4. Lack Of Passion

Do you really enjoy what you’re doing? Or are you spending time doing things that just don’t float your boat?

To overcome this, delegate those tasks you hate to someone else so that you can focus on what really drives your passion. Or shift your activities around so you spend more time doing what it is you really love.

5. Overwhelmed

Procrastinating becomes common when your ‘to do list’ is just so long that you don’t know where to start.
To overcome this, break up the ‘to-do’ list into priorities. A-C (A Being the most important), select 1 item you will do today and put the list out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.

6. Lack Of ‘Oomph’ Or Energy

Are you just a bit too weary or flat to get on with it?

Sometimes we have mornings or days where the energy simply doesn’t flow. If it’s a one-off, make sure you head to bed early tonight, or even consider a ‘stay home day’ if it’s possible, to catch up on what’s most likely much needed sleep. Treat yourself to a few super-healthy fruit smoothies to boost your system too.

If procrastinating is not a one-off, you may need to look at your diet or lifestyle to get that much needed energy back.

If there’s nothing more behind your procrastination for a specific task than a clear-cut case of the ‘can’t-be-bothered’, then sometimes there’s no point battling it.

Go and do something else to get yourself refreshed and revitalised for tomorrow.

How to generate 300k blog views per month

From Jeff Bullas blog a great article by Pauline Cabrera


How I Generate 300,000 Unique Blog Visitors Per Month

Alright, so you’ve taken the plunge and decided to start your own website. Love it.

It shows that you’re serious about your business. You may have even made some financial investments, via design or web hosting.

Whatever it is, just know that the time you’re putting in, and the money you’ve spent will come back to you.

Now that the pep talk is out of the way, we need to face certain realities.


I’m sure it’s no secret to you guys how crucial web traffic is if you want to grow your business.

Despite all of your hard efforts, something just isn’t clicking. You don’t have to feel alone.

Many bloggers just starting out can barely crack 100 visitors a day, let alone thousands.

As a fellow blogger, I know EXACTLY how you guys feel because I was once there. There is no secret formula. You just need a strategy.

Here’s the overview of my users in 2016 for TwelveSkip.com. See how I’ve consistently generated 300,000+ users per month throughout the year?

Here’s what you can do to generate a big amount of traffic in no time:

1. Invest in social media marketing

I’ve learned that every social media channel is different. Some networks may work for you while others may not.

While I use every major social media network myself, I choose to focus on two channels – Facebook Groups and Pinterest. I did invest in other social networks too but I figured that only these two work well for me, mostly because of my niche.

Check out this stat from 2016: (see how Pinterest and Facebook bring the most social traffic?)

In Pinterest, most of my own pins generate thousands of repins. Some of them get over 10,000 repins. My Pinterest generates over 900,000 views per month. In Facebook, I started a group where bloggers help promote each other. Now it has over 7,000 members and 100+ bloggers active daily.

Image Source: Pinterest

How did I do this? Besides reading a lot of tutorials, I also followed some successful people and observed how they use social media. Like they say, learning from the best is always one of the best methods to generate ideas and techniques.

Lesson here? Be active on all social media by using a scheduling tool (to save time) but only focus on those that work well for your niche. Determine where your target audience hangs out the most. Each network works differently so research for tutorials on how to promote on each social network effectively. Lastly, watch how your competitors use social media.

Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • Pinterest works well for those who are in the creative industry (bloggers, fashion, makeup, weddings). Most people use Pinterest to search and curate ideas.
  • Facebook works well for those who are in the entertainment industry. The audience here usually likes and/or shares content that sparks emotion.
  • Instagram works well for those who are in the creative industry as well. It’s similar to Pinterest but you share your own photos and you need to be active daily in order to make it work well for you.

Here are some useful tutorials: Generate Traffic from PinterestDriving More Facebook TrafficHow to Grow Followers on Instagram

Social media should be a part of your daily marketing and that is a non-negotiable – at least until you are able to build up a big enough following.

2. Provide freebies that your target market craves

People think that in order to sell, that making money must be their entire focus.  Of course, you want to make money.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw out a free nugget of wisdom every so often for your new or loyal visitors.

People LOVE free. If you keep churning out free content that is relevant, you create trust with your visitors. The more they trust you, the more often they will visit your site, and eventually purchase whatever product or service you are selling.

I use this tactic all the time and it works.

In my blog post, 100+ Blog Post Title Templates That Grab Attention, I break down the simple, yet effective way to create catchy blog titles. Here’s an example:

This article really generated a lot of positive feedback because, not only did I write about what works and what doesn’t, but I also provide over 100 title templates for them.

People need information but they don’t necessarily have a lot of time to implement the new information they are absorbing.

This step-by-step formula made it easy for people to create powerful titles, without having to waste precious brain power to create them.

This gives entrepreneurs more time to focus on their business, rather than small details that can often drive people crazy.

What do I get in return? I’ve been racking up relevant backlinks and email subscribers. More backlinks = better search rankings = more traffic = more email subscribers.

This is Google GOLD!

3. Prioritize email list building 

Imagine, I started prioritizing this method after about a year of blogging and I really wish I started earlier than that.

As of 2017, here’s my current number of subscribers – 100K!

It does bring a decent amount of website traffic, and no it’s really not as hard as you think.

Here are the methods I use to generate subscribers:

  • Offer an incentive. Remember, people love free stuff. So offer them something they crave in exchange for their emails.
  • Place your opt-in in multiple places. Create several catchy opt-ins and place them somewhere visible on your website. This can be done via pop-ups, top bar, bottom right or within your blog posts.
  • Make it easy to subscribe. Remember, you want to make people’s lives easier. Only request 1 or 2 pieces of information (email and name).
  • Take advantage of your most popular blog posts. This is actually the most effective method for generating subscribers. 50% of my subscribers come from my most popular blog posts. Check your most popular pages via Google Analytics and offer freebies that are relevant to the current article. For example, you’re offering advice on how to write a catchy title, create a template for them with sample title templates.

You can check out my website (TwelveSkip.com) and see how I place my opt-in forms. There is one on the top, there is one pop up, some within my blog posts and at the bottom of every blog post.

Here’s an example post:

Encourage your readers to subscribe by using beautiful visuals and an effective call to action button. Let them know exactly what they’re getting.

4. Make your content easy to read

Remember, one of your goals is to make a good impression (to keep your visitors coming back).

You want people to remember that your content is easy to follow or scan. You don’t want to scare them off with lengthy, uninterrupted text.

Organize your content in an easy-to-follow format. This includes everything from having images that are big and clear, to making sure your content is easy to read.

Here’s what I do:

  • Keep your paragraphs short. I like to break up my paragraphs, so users don’t get bogged down by too many words. When you break up the paragraphs, users can read a lot faster. This is particularly useful for articles, which are over 1,000 words.
  • Use lists. Not only does it make your content look more appealing but it also give your readers a visual break.
  • Use readable fonts. Use fonts that are easy to read. I recommend using commonly-used ones such as Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman or Trebuchet MS. Do not use less than 12px in size.
  • Use visual aids. Keep your readers’ attention and make reading a lot more enjoyable with relevant and appealing visuals.

5. Infuse SEO

SEO has always been my most favorite method for driving website traffic. Here’s a stat from Google Analytics. In 2016, about 70% of my visitors came from search engines. Amazing, right?

Let’s take a look at this example post with over 1.8 million views:

When you type “Twitter Header” or “Twitter Cover” on most search engines, you will see that my The New Twitter Header Dimensions + Templates Included (2017) post is on the first page of the Google search.

Why? Not only is it useful, but it’s also optimized for search engines.

See how I use long tail keywords in the post title itself? Instead of just using “Twitter Cover Dimension”, I added “NEW” and “2017” because I know Twitter keeps changing their layout, and people would always search for the latest and most updated template.

Here are some other methods I use to get better search rankings:

  • Generate backlinks. In order to generate backlinks, create useful content, provide freebies and link to authority websites. Be active on promoting your content by spreading out on social media, engage with other bloggers within your industry, and guest post for high-quality blogs.
  • Use keywords effectively. Determine what keywords you need to use by defining your target market’s wants and needs, and by watching your competitors. Here’s a good guide for you.
  • Improve user experience. One of your goals is to get visitors to stay longer on your website and decrease your bounce rate. How? Make your website responsive (mobile friendly). Use a reliable web hosting company. Remember, your website’s speed impacts search ranking so be sure to choose the right web hosting for you. Make your website easy to navigate and easy to scan (ask yourself: when you go to your website, do you immediately understand what it’s all about?)
  • Apply on-page SEO methods. I optimize my content for search engines by using SEO-friendly URLs, linking to authority websites, using ALT tags on images, removing duplicate content, optimizing meta tags, using headings and doing internal links effectively.

Wrapping up

You may be feeling all alone when it comes to increasing the traffic of your website. But I promise you that if you start implementing these tips, you will experience massive amounts of growth in no time!

What are your favorite ways to increase traffic? Time to share!

Guest Author: Pauline Cabrera is a digital strategist based in Toronto, Ontario. She helpsbloggers & businesses get noticed online using effective internet marketing strategies combined with web design, SEO + email marketing.

Top 20 takeouts from Ash

Part of being awarded a Westpac Top 20 High Potential Businesses of Tomorrow, I recently participated in a study tour designed to inspire and motivate leaders by learning from some of the best businesses in the world.

Travelling to Seattle, San Francisco and Shanghai, I visited the ‘who’s who’ list of inspiring, enduring and philanthropic companies. Think Google, LinkedIn, Uber and Boeing; who operate the largest factory on the planet with 44,000 staff, Airbnb; who have a goal to house 100,000 refugees and people displaced by natural disasters over the next 5 years, and importantly, the humble beginnings of HP; the garage where two friends created a company that today has over 300,000 staff and gives over $400 million to charity each year.

So – what did I learn? What was inspiring? What can be applied to all entrepreneurs, employees and organisations? I’d love to fill you in next time we catch up. In the meantime though, here’s my Top 20.

  1. Disrupt your business before someone else does.
  2. Solve problems, don’t create them.
  3. The business of business is to make a difference in the world.
  4. Create WOW stories every day.
  5. Start each day with the 3 things that will move your business forward.
  6. Hire very slowly and if you must, fire fast.
  7. Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
  8. Dream Big, Know how to have fun and Get shit done!
  9. CSR is the reason people join companies and it’s the reason people stay.
  10. Fail is not a 4 letter word
  11. Take risks, but don’t be reckless
  12. Don’t solve problems through code.
  13. If faced with a choice – hire on attitude over aptitude.
  14. Put your employees first but always be obsessed with you customers.
  15. Demand excellence always
  16. Don’t just build a better mousetrap, build a better business model.
  17. Better to have a deep well (10 customers that love you), than a shallow pool (100 customers that like you).
  18. Remember the greatest companies on earth all started in a garage.
  19. Be humble and stay grounded.
  20. Think BIG

I hope just one of these helps you and your business to make a difference.

Carpe diem,

Ash Rosshandler, CEO GoodCompany

8 killer Speech openers

8 Killer Speech Openers

“Good afternoon. Thank you for coming to my presentation. Today I would like to talk about ….. “

How boring is the above speech opener?

…And how would you feel if you were sitting in the audience?

The only thing that could make this speech more boring, more dis-engaging, would be to couple it with some text-heavy slides the presenter reads to you.

Here are 8 killer speech openers you can use right now to display confidence and make your speech more engaging.

“I’m about to share the ….. secrets no one ever told you.”
Why this works: It’s makes an irresistible promise that audience can’t ignore

“Who likes ….. ?”
Why this works: The question begs to be answered so the audience pays attention

“Have you ever wondered why ….. ?”
Why this works: Empathizes with the audience, eg. Have you ever wondered why you have to spend so much on private coaching?

“Here’s why you’re wasting your time on ….. ”
Why this works: Shocks the audience to attention with the fear they are using their time for something unnecessary

“This is what ….. will surely look like next year. ”
Why this works: Change, or the threat of change, gets attention

“Here’s how I make my wife/husband very, very angry: ”
Why this works: The promise of an interesting story is irresistible

“My massive business/meeting/presentation/social/….. mistake was ….. ”
Why this works: Engagement through the implicit promise of success by avoiding failure

“These are the 3 warning signs you need to ….. ”
Why this works: Am I okay? Do I have any of the warning signs? I must listen! I must pay attention!

5 Traits that make Exceptional Leaders

An ancient African proverb states that: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

What  makes leaders stand out as being truly exceptional?

1. They don’t rely solely on Motivation – They Inspire!       To slightly amend a proverb, “motivate a man to fish and you feed him for a day; Inspire a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

Exceptional leaders not only motivate their followers towards a goal or wider outcome but also inspire them towards the attainment of their own goals and progression within the organisation. Clearly, senior leaders have a plethora of day to day responsibilities but a common goal among some of the best leaders is to establish a work environment within which personal growth and professional development can thrive. They actively encourage feedback and use this as a tool for personal growth and professional development.

2.      They choose their battles carefully 
Exceptional leaders  are highly skilled in the “Art of War” and know how to pick their fights.

They tend to fight their battles constructively, remaining focused on clear outcomes rather than becoming embroiled in an emotional conflict. 

They will also tend to consider if their desired solutions are “fair and just” to all parties concerned and are generally willing (where appropriate) to make concessions. 

They also know how to beat a tactical retreat, particularly if a strategy is not going to plan. Rather than damaging team energy or morale by persisting when things aren’t working out, they re-think and re-focus. 

3.      They, don’t complain about situations -They change them!
Exceptional leaders is their sensitivity to the pulse of their own organisation, their customers and markets. Rather than engaging in “blue sky thinking from an “ivory tower” in their office, they engage with everyone in the organisation. They walk around, talk to staff and gauge internal motivation. They meet their clients and ask the big scary questions like “How are we doing?”.

If they notice, something is off track, they act swiftly and proactively to change direction to mitigate negative outcomes… But they don’t stop there! 
They recognise what works and what doesn’t. They measure the benefits realised from the change delivered and learn from the experience. 

A key factor is their ability to follow through with conviction and purpose. 

To quote Robin Sharma 
“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end”.

4.      They build exceptional teams
An exceptional leader will build and develop a great team (the brightest and the best) who not only share their corporate vision but possess the “intellectual horsepower” and motivation to deliver it. 

Exceptional leaders are comfortable delegating tasks and responsibility to their teams and giving them space to deliver autonomously. They don't breathe down their necks and don't micro-manage but they do make themselves visible and available to assist if questions or problems arise.

 A common trait among exceptional leaders is their enthusiasm to allow team members to make and work through their own decisions. They monitor team progress from a “safe distance”.

 If project deadlines start to slip they rise to the occasion to support and inspire their teams as opposed to “pointing the finger” or engaging in a “Blame Storm” to decide who is going to carry the can for the slip. 

Instead, if plans are not working, they are ready to alter direction and make new ones. In a crisis,  exceptional leaders endeavour to remain calm whilst keeping team morale high and encouraging collaboration.

5.      They talk less but achieve more 
Exceptional leaders actively listen. During conversation, they focus carefully on what the other person is saying, rather than planning the next clever thing to say the moment the other person finishes speaking. 

They don't treat conversation like a “competitive sport”. On this basis, the person who speaks the most, makes the most observations, forcibly persuades others of their opinion, or even speaks the loudest is the winner.

They know that the person who speaks least benefits most. 

By listening carefully to others, they build relationships and facilitate trust by making those that they converse with feel both understood and respected. 

Exceptional leaders have the ability to transform their vision into vividly clear pictures and strategies. 

Through their passion and enthusiasm, they inspire those around them to make their vision a reality. 

Clearly, there are many traits that make some leaders stand out as exceptional and by no means do I propose that the above list is exhaustive. Nevertheless, I do believe that the traits listed above play a significant role in achieving organisational success. Do you possess some or all of the above traits and what further ones would you add to the list?  

Should you buy Property in Super?


Buying property in super continues to intrigue investors – the tax benefits sound great but recent super reforms and other developments means there is more to weigh up when deciding if it is the right strategy for you. 

At this educational seminar, Ark specialists, Ray Kan (Financial Adviser) and Mark Riach (Lending Specialist) will cover the following topics; 

  • Overview of the strategy, structure, benefits and risks
  • How do I borrow in Super what does it involve?
  • What has changed recently that may impact on the strategy?
  • The costs compared to non-super - upfront and ongoing
  • Key success factors and common pitfalls
  • What are the alternatives?
When: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Where: Level 7, 14 Martin Place Sydney
When: Starts at 6pm - 1 hour plus Q and A
Drinks and light refreshments provided. 
Cost: $15
Current Ark clients can email their financial adviser for a complimentary pass. 
If you are interested in this event, however unable to attend, please email us to register your details for future events in your city. 

About Us
Ray Kan - Financial Adviser

Ray is a Financial Adviser with Ark Total Wealth and has over 18 years industry experience. Ray helps a wide range of wealth accumulation and retiree clients achieve their financial goals, and specialises in super and tax strategies.

Ray holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning through FINSIA, and has completed an SMSF specialist qualification through Kaplan.

Mark Riach - Lending Specialist 

Mark is a Lending specialist with Ark Finance. He has over 13 years experience delivering finance solutions to his clients, including significant experience assisting SMSF Trustees structure non-recourse loans to purchase property within super. Mark holds a Diploma of Credit and Mortgage Broking.

Ark Total Wealth is a boutique financial advisory company that specialises in providing financial advice to wealth accumulators, SMSF Trustees and retirees. Ark is privately owned and holds its own financial services licence which means our interests are more aligned with our clients. Ark delivers a complete end-to-end service that encompasses super, tax advisory, lending, and residential property investment.