Gather up today and invest it in tomorrow

So how do you gather up today and invest it in tomorrow? Journal!

If you want to become more successful, Journal. If you want to become a better person, Journal. If you want to remember the details of life, Journal.

Journalling is a key skill if you want to become successful, it’s a great way to document your journey to realising your goals. To be able to write down what worked well and what didn’t work well, then you can go over it again to learn from the experience is invaluable.

I’ve been journalling for over 2 years, in that time the amount I journal and what I journal about has changed. I started my current journal on Friday 10th July 2015 and I’ve been using the method I’m going to explain since then!

Why do I journal?

It’s a question I get asked a lot and the answer is fairly simple. I can’t trust my memory and I want to remember the details of life. Journalling daily allows me to take from today and invest it in tomorrow, just like the title. Also, if I’m fortunate to have children (in the distant future I might add) I can give them my journals and they’ll be able to see what I was reading, listening, watching and thinking. Hopefully they’ll be able to learn from me and become more successful in a shorter space of time.

Here’s how I journal…

JournalHere’s my journal! Its an extra large Moleskine in the colour blue (take a look at the full details here).

So here’s the nitty gritty, hopefully you can take some value from my method.

Firstly, I take inspiration from four main areas; books, audio, video and events/thoughts. Each area has a different colour pen so when I’m going back over what I’ve written I can clearly see I’ve taken the ideas from a book or video etc. There’s a key at the front so anyone can understand it, black is for books, blue for audio, green for video and red is for events/thoughts.

I like to keep things simple and structured so from every book, audio, video etc my aim is to take away 3 points of value. I write the name of the book, audio etc along with the authors name above the 3 points, this way I know where the ideas came from.Then, I date each entry along with the exact time and location. Finally, I  underline each entry, this way I can clearly see where one set of 3 points starts.

Pocket journal

Another great tip that I’ll share with you, and you’ll hear some of the most successful people say the same, is to carry a journal with you at all times. Now you may be thinking that carrying round a big journal is impractical and I’d agree. Plus you don’t want to misplace or damage your journal after you’ve invested time daily to writing down your valuable ideas.

This is where a pocket journal becomes invaluable. I carry round one of these – Moleskine Pocket Journal. They are brilliant for when you’re away from the office for example out shopping, with friends or visiting a client. I note down my ideas in the pocket journal with a date, time and location. Then when I’m back at my desk I write them in my main journal, that way all my ideas are in one place and the handwriting’s neat, what’s more my journal is safe!

Summary

I hope you can take at least 3 points of value from my post. For anyone that’s been around me for 5 minutes know’s I’m curious and always looking to learn. I’d love to know how you journal and what you journal about, please leave a comment.

Have a great day and I’ll see you soon!

Joe

We are asked in life to do one thing!

INSTA 310116 copy“Make measurable progress in reasonable time” – Jim Rohn. It’s one of my favourite quotes, and something I’ve lived by after reading Think and Grow Rich.

In this post I’ll explain how the book that has created more millionaires than any other book changed my life. But first if you haven’t already done so please read Think and Grow Rich, whether you read one word, one page, one chapter or the whole book you’re sure to get something of value. You may only need one more idea to totally transform your life.

Belief

The book reignited my belief. If this was the only thing of value I took from the 1937 classic I’ve have been more than happy, ecstatic in fact. How did it give me belief I hear you ask. At the time I felt like a failure, my business was going down hill and I believed there was nothing I could do to turn it around. I thought wrong and the book showed me examples of successful people from history, who struggled and then became successful. People like Henry Ford,… and Andrew Carnegie, who gave Napoleon Hill the idea for Think and Grow Rich.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” – Napoleon Hill

It all started here…

My personal development journey started here. Without this book I may not have been inspired to invest more time and money in myself than in the business. As Jim Rohn says one of the keys to success is to “Work harder on yourself than you do your job”. It also sparked the turnaround in my business as I was able to bring in over 500 new customers in 2014. After reading Think and Grow Rich I have read over 150 self improvement books and listened to hours of audios!

I’d love to know if Think and Grow Rich had an impact on your life, please leave a comment with your story! Thanks again for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Joe

The book that changed my life

unsplash 270116 copy

It’s not the bible…I haven’t found religion and it hasn’t found me. You’re probably wondering ‘How can a book change your life?’. Hopefully I can help you understand.

It’s Sunday 17th November 2013, I’m 22, work in accounts and owned a hair salon for 1 year. I hated my job, mainly because there wasn’t enough work which caused the days to drag on and on and on and on….and because I felt my potential was greater, I wanted more. That’s when, at 21, I thought I’d found the answers to my prayers by buying a hair salon. I thought I’d be rich and be able to retire at 23. I thought wrong.

I invested £45,000 into a hair salon because I believed it would make me rich practically overnight. My salary at the time was £16,000 per year, £45,000 was nearly 3 years worth of wages. Within a month I realised the turnover was not as high as the books, what’s more it came to light that the previous owners had been in prison for dealing cannabis. The following month (2 months after taking over) the manager left and our turnover halved again. My £45,000 investment was probably worth £22,000 and that’s being optimistic!! To top it all off, after my first year we’d just about broke-even, no profit. Not even a penny.

I knew I needed more customers but I didn’t know how to get them. So I started searching Google, it’s what all adults do when we don’t know the answer, right? That’s when I came across a Mr Nigel Botterill who’s from Yorkshire and runs a business helping small business owners. To say I was sceptical would have been an understatement but he had a book on the Sunday Times Best Sellers List so I thought I’d read that and see what he’s all about. It’s a great down to earth book, definitely worth a read check it out here:- Botty’s Rules: 29 Success Secrets

Is that the book that changed my life I hear you cry. No sorry! But having read Botty’s Rules I took a closer look at Nigel’s website and found his recommended reading list. At the top was the book that changed my life, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Now, I don’t know what more I have to say to get you to read this book, I’ve already mentioned it changed my life.

In my next post I’ll explain why it changed my life. If there’s one thing you do today, please read Think and Grow Rich, hopefully it’ll do the same for you as it did for me. Thanks again for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Have a great day

Joe

Help me find what I’m looking for…please!

Insta post template copyIn the words of Kenan and Kel “Aw, here it goes!”….my first blog post. I haven’t written anything longer than 100 words since school and I’m starting to remember why. The feeling of wanting to write but not knowing how to say it, is one I thought I’d forgotten.

So who is this Kenan and Kel quoting fool? I’m Joe, 24 and from Wakefield, England (it’s near Leeds). I own a Window Cleaning Franchise and have owned 3 other businesses. I’m massively into personal development and devour books, audio programmes, videos and seminars etc which I believe will help me become a more successful person. My goal is to fly out to Australia for a year with my girlfriend on Wednesday 28th December 2016.

By now you’re probably wondering why am I writing a blog? And the reason is in the title. I’m still looking for something I can invest a lot of my time into and earn money. I had a 9-5 job and it’s not for me, the thought of investing 40 hours a week for 40 years of my life into something I have no passion for doesn’t excite me. In fact it made me depressed. The income I have can’t be taken to Australia, which means when I get there I’ll have to get a job and I’m trying to avoid that at all costs. I’m looking for help, ideas and inspiration.

If you’re anything like me you’ll be thinking ‘that’s all well and good Joe but get to the point, what will you be blogging about?’ And that’s an excellent question! I’ll be blogging about my personal development journey and hopefully answering the question; What do I have to become to earn £1,000 per month working from home/laptop which I could take to Australia? Or any other country for that matter.

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this and I’d love to know what you think. Please leave comment or send me an email via the Contact Me page.

See you soon

Joe