Monthly Archives: May 2013

Simple Stuff – Persistence

(Simple Stuff – a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

When you tough it out, hold the line, and stay the course, I promise you there will soon come a day when you look back over your shoulder, shake your head in dismay, and seriously wonder what all the fuss was about.  Just like all the other times,     The Universe Mike Dooley

Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. -William Eardley IV

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. -Colin Powell

Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin


the fool  would persist in his folly he would become   wise.” –                                                                                William Blake

How do you immediately improve your life? By discovering and modeling the habitual questions of people you respect. If you find someone who’s extremely happy, Ican guarantee you there’s one reason: this person focuses relentlessly on whatever makes him or her happy, and continually asks questions about how to become even happier. People who do well financially persistent by asking different questions as they look at investments than people who produce meager rewards. – Tony Robbins


Class of 2013: Your Degree Doesn’t Mean Squat

I saw this article and had to post it. I believe, to a large degree, that this may be true. Action, relationships, and what you do make it happen. You don’t find success just because you have a degree. You may need it as a starting point but it is just one step, one factor to success….


Class of 2013: Your Degree Doesn’t Mean Squat


Simply having a college degree will not get you hired. We need to break away from this idea. In all reality, most employers could care less about your GPA or where you went to school.

Today, getting hired in entry-level positions requires experience and fine-tuned skills, not a 4.0 GPA. This probably isn’t what most new grads want to hear, but it’s the truth.

Many new college graduates enter their job search with a why-wouldn’t-someone-hire-me mindset. But most employers aren’t going to take on an entry-level hire unless they’re certain they’ll positively impact the company.

So the real question for new graduates to consider is this: What can you bring to the table that makes you worth hiring?

Here’s some food for thought for those entering the workforce:

1. Your degree isn’t a golden ticket. We need to put an end to the “silver spoon complex.” Simply obtaining a degree may only help you out if you’re planning to go the corporate route, where companies have more time and money to invest in training programs. But at my company, I don’t even know which of my employees has a degree or not–it makes no difference to me. I care more about the impact my employees have on my company.

I’d much rather hire someone who has been freelancing as a web developer for three years than someone who has a master’s degree in computer science. They’re bound to be more passionate, driven, and profitable in the long run, as they know what it takes to impact the bottom line.

2. It’s all about experience. I started my company Ciplex when I was 17. Throughout college I ran my business on the side, in addition to working in my college IT department. Today, undertaking one internship isn’t enough to prove your experience to employers. The reason so many college graduates can’t find work is because they lack experience.

One simple way to get more experience within your industry is by taking on freelance work and contracting gigs. These types of experiences will help you learn and grow while developing a sense of independence, responsibility, and drive. All of these traits are highly attractive to employers.

3. Passion will help you succeed. If you’re just looking to get hired anywhere, employers will be able to tell. I get emails all the time from job seekers who are just looking to get hired and don’t indicate any passion for their work or my company.

Passion will get you hired. Experience is one way to showcase this, but you also have to learn to properly articulate it on your cover letter, resume, and during networking. If you use the same cover letter for every employer, do you really think you’re conveying your passion for the position you’re applying for? Remember, it’s not just about looking for a job. Employers want employees who are truly passionate about what they do and have a vision to benefit the company.

4. Companies hire the person who is certain to cause the most positive impact. Before you apply to your next job opening, ask yourself the following: What can you do for the company? How can you turn a profit? If you aren’t able to answer these questions, then don’t apply. Employers–especially small businesses and startups–are only interested in hiring someone who is going to positively impact their company.

When I review emails from job seekers, it’s very easy to tell who’s just looking to get hired and who’s actually going to impact my company. Make the effort to prove to employers you’re worth hiring.

5. Go the extra mile. Success doesn’t come to those who wait. You have to give everything you do your all … even if it means working late or on the weekends. Some people describe this as paying your dues, but it’s really just putting in the effort required to make an impact.

What do you wish someone would have told you when you graduated college?

Photo courtesy of Daniel Rocha.

About Ilya Pozin:

Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. Follow Ilya below to stay up-to-date with his articles and updates!

Happiness Is An Inside Job

Wizard Within – follow up

I am reading a book by Deepak Chopra called “Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want”

It is quite good.

It is something that I have written about on occasion and sometimes try to put into practice in my own life, but often do not.

The Wizard can represent a number of things or beings – it could be our own Spirit, the Universe, the Source, God, the Universal Intelligence, the Higher Self….or whatever you might refer to the power, love, force, and spirit that runs through us all. The Wizard is a metaphor….


“when the doors of perception are cleansed, you will begin to see the unseen world – the wizard’s world. – …purification (cleansing) consists of getting rid of the toxins in your life : toxic emotions, toxic thoughts, toxic relationships….”

“The wizard lives in a state of knowingness. This knowlingness orchestrates its own fulfillment. The field of awareness organizes itself around our intentions. Knowledge and intentions are forces. What you intend changes the field in your favor. Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power. The wizard does not try to solve the mystery of life. He is here to live it.”

“The wizard is the teacher of alchemy. Alchemy is transformation. Through alchemy you can begin the quest for perfection. You are the world. When you transform yourself, the world you live in will also be transformed….”

“TIme and the timeless are not opposites. Because it embraces everything, the timeless has no opposite. At the level of the ego, we struggle to solve our problems. Spirit sees that struggle is the problem. The wizard is aware of the battle between ego and spirit, but he realizes that both are immortal and cannot die. Every aspect of yourself is immortal, even the parts you judge most harshly.”

“Seekers are never lost, because spirit is always beckoning to them. Seekers are offered clues all the time from the world of spirit. Ordinary people call these clues coincidences. To a wizard there are no coincedences. Every event exists to expose another layer of the soul. Spirit wants to meet you. To accept its invitaiton you must be undefended. When you seek, begin in your heart…..”

“The reality you experience is a mirror image of your expectations. If you project the same images every day your reality will be the same every day. When attention is perfect, it creates order and clarify out of chaos and confusion.”

“The uncertainty you feel inside is the doorway to wisdom. Insecurity will always be with the quester – he continues to stumble but never falls….Human order is made of rules. The wizard’s order has no rules. …it flows with the nature of life.”

….wishing you some magic and wizardry in your life….



Memorial Day Weekend

It is with gratitude and thanks that I offer this short, humble blog post….

Thanks to you that have served this Country in one way or another.

Thanks to those who have served and are now gone from this world.

Thanks to the families of those who have lost someone serving this Country.

We have so many great things, great opportunities, great people in our Nation. We often focus on the negative things, things that aren’t working well – we often forget what does work well here in the U.S. Sure we have our challenges but I believe no other country can offer all that we do. We are a giving and helpful Nation.

This Nation was build with the help of many men and women who served. Many lost their lives.

I honor them, and I respect them.

Enjoy the long weekend and consider what good things we all have going for us.

Enjoy your Freedom.


Simple Stuff

Three quick bits of media to inspire and make you think.

Basically, getting what you want is most efficiently accomplished by pretending you already have it.   All of the time.
So, how do you like your steady flow of cash, abundance, and happiness, Jim? 

The Universe (mike dooley,

Then a photo, then a video


Your Brain on Habits

When I see a good article, I gotta pass it along….

This Is Your Brain on Habits

Remember when you got your driver’s license and had to back your car out of the garage for the first time?

If we could have peered into your brain at that moment, we would have seen a flurry of activity…

Because this brand new skill requires thousands of tiny, complex calculations that must be performed in fractions of seconds.

For example… “Don’t hit the gas too hard, don’t hit the side of the garage, don’t hit the garbage cans on the sidewalk, and don’t hit any cars or pedestrians that may be coming down the street.”

Hey, it’s a lot for any brain to handle!

But guess what – now that you’ve fully mastered the skill of backing your car out of the garage, you literally don’t think about it.

In fact, if we were to look at your brain on a brain scan machine today, we would see an incredible drop in brain activity when compared to the flood of activity taking place when you were first learning this new skill.

That’s because your brain is highly efficient and conserves as much energy as possible, in case it needs it for truly momentous things, like fighting predators and raising children.

This very fact of the human brain is both the good news AND the bad news about habits and their relationship to success.

Why? Because on the one hand, it’s fantastic that you don’t have to consciously think every time you perform simple tasks every day: things like tying your shoes, brushing your teeth, or backing your car out of the garage.

However, because your brain is so efficient, it also makes it very difficult to CHANGE a habit, even when you WANT to change it.

Because your brain is essentially saying, “Hey, I’ve got a good thing going here! Why do you want to mess around with it!?”

It’s the classic, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but it’s all happening inside your brain!

Take Action Challenge:

Notice which habits you’re doing today that you don’t think about any more. Which habits are you doing that you would be better off replacing with more productive habits?

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Noah St. John, Inventor of Afformations

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