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The Benefits of Taking Risks

A good article worth reading…..

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The Benefits of Taking Risks

http://noahstjohn.com/the-top-3-benefits-of-taking-risks/

Are you thinking about taking a risk?

Maybe a little scared to take a risk?

When’s the last time you took a risk?

Taking risks in life, in love, in relationships, in business…

The opportunities for risk-taking are everywhere.

But most people avoid taking risks, out of fear.

Here are 3 main benefits of risk-taking:

1. You face your fear.

And once you face that fear, that fear can’t run your life any more.

2. You become stronger.

Once you realize that you are stronger than your fear, you often discover that you’re stronger than you thought you were.

3. Your life changes in ways you couldn’t have predicted or imagined.

Let me give you a real-life example of all 3 benefits…

In 2007, I found myself $40,000 in credit card debt working out of my parents’ basement.

I knew that something had to change, but I didn’t know what to change – or how.

Then I decided to take a risk that changed my life…

I decided to hire my first real mentor – someone who was where I wanted to be in life and business, and who I hoped could show me how to get there.

I did everything my mentor told me to do…

Followed his instructions to the letter…

Kept focused and worked hard…

And within 90 days, had my first 5-figure month.

I knew that I was finally on my way to getting out of debt for good. (I did pay off all my debts and become 100% debt-free 10 months later.)

I also decided that I wanted to move out of my parents’ house.

And that’s when I took another risk that changed my life…

After that first 5-figure month, I was talking with a friend of mine – a fellow speaker named Scott – saying that I wanted to move out of New England and live someplace warm.

Scott lived (and still lives) in Ohio.

So he says to me, “Why don’t you move to Ohio? It’ll be fun.”

And I’m thinking, “Ohio… Fun… Hmm, not getting this…”

But for some reason, I just couldn’t get the thought of out my head.

I tossed and turned.
I hemmed and hawed.
I did all those things that people do when they’re trying to decide whether to take a risk or not.

Finally, after about 3 weeks of this inner wrestling, I packed all of my worldly possessions into my Toyota Camry and drove the 1,000+ miles from Maine to Ohio.

As soon as I arrived, I said to myself, “What the hell am I doing here?”

I knew exactly one person in Ohio – my friend Scott.

But in that first week, Scott introduced me to his friend, Phil…

Two weeks later, Phil introduced me to a gorgeous, petite little blonde named Babette…

And a little while after that, Babette became my wife.

The moral of the story?

Taking risks SOMETIMES means doing things that don’t make any “logical” sense.

Taking risks OFTEN means listening to your gut / heart / intuition / Higher Self / Authentic Self … and not your head (which will ALWAYS try to talk you out of it).

Taking risks ALWAYS means that you will grow as a person.

Now I’m not suggesting we take crazy or stupid risks.

For example, I knew that if Ohio didn’t work out, I could always move to someplace that was actually, in fact, warm. (Ohio weather is in fact very nice most of the year. Just ask LeBron James.)

The point is, one of the things that separates highly successful people (the Naturals) from non-successful people is that the Naturals consistently take calculated risks.

Do you want to get rid of the head trash that’s holding you back?

Do you want to have the financial freedom you desire?

Would you like to create the life and business of your dreams?

I invite you to take advantage of the Super Early Bird discount for my Performance & Profit Intensive live event…

Because I’ll give you my step-by-step system that’s allowed me to build two million-dollar brands and helped my clients add tens of millions more.

But this is a limited-time offer (you’ll see the deadline on the page).

Claim your Super Early Bird discount now…

http://noahstjohn.com/performanceandprofit/super-early-bird/

Noah’s Note: Take a risk today. #performanceandprofit

Put your questions or comments in the Feedback section below, and I’ll answer as many as I can.

Share this article with someone who will benefit… 

http://noahstjohn.com/the-top-3-benefits-of-taking-risks/

I believe in you!

Noah

Noah St. John, Author The Book of Afformations®

30 Acts of Kindness that Cost $1 or Less to Perform

30 Acts of Kindness that Cost $1 or Less to Perform

We put together this list of 30 kindness ideas in honor of World Kindness Day, which is celebrated all over the world on November 13th.

The first 15 ideas cost $1 or less, and below those are 15 more ideas that involve nothing but a few minutes of your time. Hopefully this list serves as a reminder that you don’t have to be a millionaire to impact others with kindness. Indeed sometimes the smallest actions are the most powerful ones.

          15 acts of kindness that cost $1 or less:

  1. Leave $1 in a vending machine with a post-it note that says: “Your treat is on me. Have a sweet day!”
  2. Put some quarters in an expiring parking meter. Just imagine how grateful you would be if a stranger saved you from getting a parking ticket.
  3. Leave a $1 bill taped to an item in the $1 store.
  4. Buy a box of lollipops at the grocery store (should cost no more than 25 cents each) and then pass them out to your bank teller, mail carrier, and grocery store clerk.
  5. Next time you walk by a street musician, put $1 (or more if you could afford it) in the tip jar and tell him or her how much you enjoyed listening to the music.
  6. Tape a $1 lotto scratcher ticket to a local gas pump with a note that says: “Good Luck. I hope you win!”
  7. When the person in front of you at the checkout line is a few cents short, offer your spare change.
  8. Leave heads up coins on the sidewalk for a passerby to find for good luck.
  9. Hand out pennies to kids at a local fountain or wishing well. Who knows? Maybe their wish will come true!
  10. Put all of your spare change each day in a piggy bank for a cause. You’ll be surprise how much that can add up to by the end of the year.
  11. Buy stamps for the person behind you at the Post Office.
  12. Leave some extra time in the parking meter to help out the next car.
  13. Place a tip in the tip jar next time you go to a coffee shop.
  14. Leave quarters at the laundromat with a note: “Clean clothes make me happy too! Enjoy this clean load of laundry on me!”
  15. Say “Yes!” next time a cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to the cause that particular store is supporting.

    15 acts of kindness that are free:

  16. If you’re an Amazon.com customer you can donate Amazon.com’s money to your favorite U.S. nonprofit through Amazon Smile. With each purchase you make, a small percentage is donated to the non-profit. Learn more and sign up here.
  17. Clip coupons, go to the store, and put them on top of the corresponding products.
  18. Post a picture of you and a friend on social media with a comment about the positive impact they’ve made on your life. Tag them to make sure they see it.
  19. At your next family gathering, offer a toast and let everyone know how much you appreciate them.
  20. Return the grocery cart of an elderly person or expecting mother, or anyone for that matter!
  21. Next time someone tries to stop you to have you sign a petition, listen to what they have to say. You don’t have to sign it if you disagree, but they will appreciate the fact that you didn’t just ignore them and walk right by.
  22. Have extra cardboard boxes lying around the house. Post on your Social Media that you have boxes.  Someone you know is likely moving and will gladly take them off your hands.
  23. Get good service at the restaurant? Ask your waiter to send the manager and then let the manager know how pleased you were with the service.
  24. Call someone you usually ask help from just to say “Thank you,” and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  25. Let go of a grudge and forgive! You’ll feel a giant weight off your shoulders when you do.
  26. Leave a great comment on someone’s blog. Bloggers often spend hours crafting a post, and it feels great to get positive feedback from readers.
  27. Leave a book you find interesting on a bus, train, or plane. Hopefully the next person will enjoy it as much as you did.
  28. Help an elderly or disabled person to safely cross the street.
  29. Send a thank you note through the mail. Email and text are nice, but getting an actual piece of mail is more meaningful.
  30. Promote a friend’s business on your Facebook or Twitter. It will only take a moment but it will mean the world to any entrepreneur trying to get the word out about their business.

We hope you enjoyed this list. Just imagine how thrilled you would be if you were on the receiving end of any of these acts of kindness! In honor of World Kindness Day, consider performing at least one of these acts this month. If there are any other ideas that are $1 or less that you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments below.

 

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