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The Way To Get ‘Rich’ Quick Is Not What You Think

Here are nine ways to feel wealthy.

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Today, people have a different definition of success and quality of life. It’s no longer about peace and happiness, but rather about how much you earn and how many luxuries you can purchase.

The media covers companies that reap billion-dollar valuations, and society measures success by the car you drive and the city in which you live.

If you want to bring enduring quality to your life and get “rich quick,” focus on the things that matter.

1Get mentally strong

Life has its ups and downs, and you need to have the mental strength to deal with them with some equanimity. You need to identify your mental weaknesses and work on strengthening. Mental resilience can help you overcome the most trying of times without too much strain.

Related: How To Get Rich… Quick

2Get emotionally healthy

People underestimate the value of emotional health and well-being, but it’s important to ensure your emotional health is steady and stable. Teaching yourself emotional health is just as important as physical health. Chronic stress is linked to the top six leading causes of death.

3Get physically fit

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Physical fitness influences your emotional and mental well-being. Active people are often happier and more cheerful than inactive people. Even a small stroll in the park daily can elevate your mood. I have a mentor that has been wildly successful and his one piece of advice always is:

“Focus on your health first and foremost. That is the only thing that you can’t get back.”

Related: The Mindshifts That Seperate The Rich From The Average

4Spend time with family and friends

Your family and friends can be a source of immense happiness and joy (especially friends because they are your chosen family). They can also be your anchor when you feel adrift and stressed out. Spending time with your family can help you reconnect with everything that’s important in life.

5Focus on a higher power

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Faith is very powerful and can be a quiet refuge in a chaotic life. You don’t need to believe in miracles or magical healing powers of faith or be bound by established tenets. Faith is personal, beautiful and very comforting. It’s believing in something bigger, and allows you to take the focus off yourself.

6Give back and help others

There’s a different kind of happiness and satisfaction in giving back. No matter where you are in life, there’s always someone that can be helped. I recently gave a homeless couple some food near the market I was exiting.

In that same instant a homeless mother and children walked up, and the couple I gave the food to gave it to the mother and her children. It was a very rewarding experience.

Take time helping the underprivileged and those in need.

Related: 5 Habits Of The Wealthy That Help Them Get Rich

7Follow your dreams

You have a unique set of dreams that have been placed in your heart. Following these dreams will provide you infinite intrinsic worth and reward. If you want to learn a new language, do it even if it doesn’t help you with your job. Start a business – you’re the only one stopping you. Want to sell your stuff and live overseas? Go. Life is about experiencing and living eyes-wide-open.

8Remove toxic people from your life

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Toxic and negative people can have an impact on your health and mindset. No matter how resilient you are, such people can eventually bring you down, so it’s important to remove them from your sphere.

9Set goals

Set goals for what you want in life and act on them. Goals give you determination and a solid roadmap to reach your dreams. Accomplishing goals is also very rewarding and can help continue compound a sense of worth and accomplishment.

Getting rich quick is a state of being. Luxuries, material possessions and society’s definition of success are liabilities and empty pursuits. Life’s intangibles are what matter most, give life meaning and prove to be rich in value.

Plus, if you’re doing what you love, finding happiness in what you have and focusing on positive relationships and activities, the monetary components fall right into place. It’s the universe’s way of rewarding your priorities. It’s a powerful formula.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Andrew Medal is the founder and CEO of creative agency Agent Beta, which fuses together clever and creative design with advanced technology to help companies and brands thrive. He recently published his first book, Hacking the Valley. Follow his personal blog at AndrewMedal.com where you'll find life advice, inspiration and entertainment.

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What You Put In Is What You Get Out – Create Your Own Success

The secret to curating a successful life starts with what you put in.

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You are what you eat, the saying goes. Your physical and even mental health are highly dependent on what you eat (or consume) daily. There are four fundamental factors of a system:  Input, boundaries, purpose and output. All systems are mostly defined by the combination of these four factors.

A professional athlete will be very diligent about what they consume in order to achieve the best possible outcome, and sprinters will have different guides and regimes to marathon runners. Essentially, high performing athletes curate their input, or design their own lives, to produce a favourable output.

The same is true of the high-performance entrepreneur — they too should be curating their input, not just in terms of what they consume through their mouths but more importantly, what they consume with their ears and eyes.

Related: For Shatty Mashego Success Lies In Maintaining A Positive Mindset

Positive inputs

A few years ago, I began to recognise that even though I might wake up in a good space in the morning, by 10am I would be feeling negative regardless of my daily practices. I had already established the discipline of recording and recognising my successes daily, as well as repeating daily affirmations and visualisations, yet within a few hours of starting my day, I found myself in a negative space.

I couldn’t figure out what was causing this; but after some analysis I realised that my daily routine included listening to talk radio on the way to work, catching up with the news on Twitter before my first meeting, and reading the morning paper which was neatly laid out on my desk. It quickly became clear that my negativity could be attributed to my over-consumption of bad news.

Each communication platform — from Twitter to the radio — has the power to depress anyone who consumes its news, but the combination of all three was toxic to me. It affected my mood, concentration and, invariably, my output. In a single decision, I eliminated these three platforms from my daily ‘diet’ and instead curated a different morning experience to see whether it would change the output. Instead of the radio, I decided to listen to either music or an audiobook; instead of Twitter, I decided to call a friend; and I didn’t renew my newspaper subscription.

The results were instantaneous. This experiment set me on a mission to see what else I could deliberately curate and design, so I began to strategically design my life to inform the successful and positive output that I desired. I subscribed to online newsletters that were informative and thought-provoking, such as Brain Food by Shane Parish; I cajoled my management team to begin listening to audiobooks at the same time that I was doing so to ensure that we included positive discussions in our bi-monthly meetings; and I ensured that there were always three litres of water in my immediate surrounds to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

Create your own success

In case you haven’t experienced the lightbulb moment yet, the simple explanation is this: All systems have inputs and outputs, and the quality of the input results in the quality of the output.

If you see yourself as the curator of your input and as the architect of your environment, you can start to create the inputs, set the boundaries and define purposes to result in the output that commands entrepreneurial success.

Related: Daily Practices for Cultivating a Positive Work Culture to Support Your Business

If something really affects the quality of your life — whether it’s your attitude, your mood or the clarity of your thought processes — it’s time to relook the design and start to curate an environment that is conducive to your success.

And, if you’re concerned about missing out on what’s happening, always remember that, if a news report or update has a direct impact on your life, the chances are high that you will hear it through your friends and family.

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Follow These 8 Steps To Stay Focused And Reach Your Goals

Decrease the amount of noise in your head.

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Accomplishing a goal can be hard work. But even if a project is something you are passionate about and want to complete, distractions such as social media, doubts and other tasks can make it nearly impossible to concentrate on it. Don’t fret. We’re here to help.

Check out these eight steps to help you prioritise and clear your mind.

1. Stop multitasking

Instead of trying to do a million things at once, take a step back and tackle one task at a time. And while your inclination might be to start your day with busy work – like checking emails – and then move onto to the harder things, you should try to get your brain moving by challenging yourself with with a bigger, more creative endeavor first thing.

Related: Goal Setting Guide

2. Block out your days

A good way to hold yourself accountable when it comes to quieting the noise all around you is to specifically block out time in your day – maybe it’s 30 minutes or an hour – to spend on a given project.

Colour code your calendar or set a timer to make sure you are accomplishing the goal at hand.

3. Get your blood pumping

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You can’t focus if your are stuck inside and staring at a screen all day long. Turn off your computer and phone, and go for a walk for 20 minutes. The fresh air and the movement will clear your head. Also make sure that you are drinking enough water and getting enough rest.

4. Help your technology help you

A platform like RescueTime, a software that runs while you work and shows you how you are spending your day, could help you understand why something is taking longer to complete than it should. Options like Cold TurkeyFreedom and Self Control block out the internet entirely to keep you off your Twitter feed when you should be meeting deadlines.

5. Meditate

Get a recommendation for a yoga or meditation class, or even make it an office outing so everyone get some time to quiet their minds. Or look online for a plethora of apps and platforms whose stock and trade is mindfulness, like Meditation Made SimpleCalm and Headspace.

For slightly more of a monetary investment, you could look into wearable tech like Thync, a device that produces electrical pulses to help your brain decrease stress.

Related: The Tim Ferriss Approach to Setting Goals: Rig the Game so You Win

6. Change up what’s in your headphones

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While background noise might help block out a loud office or construction outside your window, you need to be careful that what you are listening to isn’t distracting you more.

Music with lyrics can sap your focus from the task in front of you, so consider trying classical or electronic music instead. Or use a playlist that is familiar to you, so you aren’t tempted to turn all your attention to the new sound.

7. Streamline your communication

If you find that all of your focus gets trained on getting your inbox down to zero, think about how you can get yourself out from under a relentless deluge of email. Ask yourself and your colleagues to think about whether this conversation would be most effective through email, on the phone or in person.

Taking five minutes to walk over to someone else’s workspace will save you the time and energy invested into a redundant email chain and clarify how you want to attack a problem more quickly.

Related: 7 Steps To Achieving Our Higher-Level Goals

8. Find an environment with the right kind of noise

To be the most effective, you need to strike a delicate balance between too much noise and total silence. According to David Burkus, an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University, “some level of office banter in the background might actually benefit our ability to do creative tasks, provided we don’t get drawn into the conversation,” Burkus wrote in the Harvard Business Review.

“Instead of total silence, the ideal work environment for creative work has a little bit of background noise. That’s why you might focus really well in a noisy coffee shop, but barely be able to concentrate in a noisy office.”

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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