Hi, my name's Ant Hodges. If we've not met before, I want to talk to you about how I set my day up and how successful entrepreneurs around the world have one secret weapon in their arsenal for greater productivity, a more focused mindset, and ultimately greater success. That is a morning routine.
One of the things that I've learned in business is that everybody wants a piece of your time, your email, your inbox is the best filing system for other people's agendas. Your mobile phone is the best way for somebody to interrupt your life and put their agenda first.
So, the first thing that I would say when you start to think about your morning routine is to start from a mindset of going ‘I need to prioritize me today. Today is about me and my success. Today is about what I'm going to do to achieve success. Today is about who I am going to serve and help.’ If we wake up with that mentality and we wake up with a gratitude mentality then we will be able to...
If I was to walk into your office or home study, right now, what would I see? Would it be a space of calming "zen-ness" or would it be a complete mess?
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that it is not in a tidy environment that creative geniuses flourish. They found that creative minds need and prefer a chaotic workspace. (Source)
If this research to shows that more exciting and creative results come from a messy environment, it does not promote productivity. Here you will find some key strategies to create the ideal setting for better productivity.
An organised desk is an essential discipline to have. Not only for yourself but to your customers, team members and co-workers, even if they will never be in the same physical space as you when you are working. Your workspace is a visual representation of professionalism - what does it say to you, looking at it right now? Does it help you to stay focussed,...
I’ve had a fair number of “coaches” contact me with regards to the important message that I put out onto LinkedIn a little while ago.
Those that contacted me had one of two messages for me.
If, being honest with you, I knew that it would provoke that sort of a reaction from some. In essence I was sharing my thoughts around a business model that is being taught by many, being followed by many and one that is just wrong and not a wise way to run advertising in my opinion.
I’ve worked with so many coaches who bought into products and programs of “gurus” and achieved absolutely nothing from their investment. Sometimes the whole picture isn’t necessarily given during the sale, including the level of investment over and above the "coaching" and "training" that will be...
Black Friday is coming soon!
Black Friday is the name given for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States - essentially the fourth Thursday of November.
It’s the one day of the year that businesses, having started in the USA, offer shoppers massive discounts and impressive deals for products that consumers will queue up for hours to buy themselves.
Online, Black Friday is become synonymous with many information marketers where they give huge discounts on their products and programs also.
But has Black Friday done something to our shopping patterns as consumers and does it really help us as a business.
Last year I remember watching the news reports and seeing the absolute chaos and carnage inside supermarkets and high street stores, with crowds fighting and clambering over each other for bargains.
I remember seeing police being called in to enforce law and order, arresting one guy who was seen decking a female shopper with a single punch because she got...
Have you read Jim Collins' book, Good to Great (the pre-qual to Built to Last, even though it was written after)? In it Jim suggests that the fact that we settle for Good in society today, it has killed off the notion of striving for Great.
With good schools, governments, churches, businesses, hospitals etc., comes comfort. We settle for good because it isn’t bad. And in that, we think that great is something reserved for the few, so we don’t even bother.
Are things good?
Are things great?
Are things bad?
Greatness comes from the choice to not settle for good. And good is the absence of bad.
If we find that things are not good (bad) then we must find ways and people to help us move out of those situations. Often I’ve found myself in a bad place, knowing that I can make a choice and I can seek help. For some, it may be that...
Rest - It means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
You've seen those pictures, inspirational quotes and social media posts that depict a tower block of apartments in the middle of the night. All of the lights are out apart from one and an arrow is pointing to the one that is still on saying "Entrepreneur"
Life does not have to be this way
I know that the hustle, the graft and the hard work needs to be put in when you're a business owner and entrepreneur, but the importance of rest is often overlooked.
Let me share truth right now. Your business will be more successful if you find time to rest and protect that time at all costs.
In my first business I made the mistake of thinking that this picture of the entrepreneur, in their apartment up late at night when everybody else is sleeping, was the way in which I had to run my business. I would be up and out early, working all day and then return home from the office late, only...
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