Buying a Product Because of Instagram

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Instagram and most likely have an account. If not Instagram is a simple way to take a share photos, and add some cool filters to along the way. It is a social network as well so you can follow users and see what photos they are sharing.

I have been on Instagram for a good while now and I follow a good amount of people. It is always fun to find new and interesting people to follow. Since I am pretty big into cooking and eating well I follow quite a few different healthy living and cooking profiles. I started to noticed many of these profiles that I followed were talking about Flavor God Seasonings and posting photos of some awesome food they have made using the seasonings.

Well it turns out Flavor God had their own Instagram account so I went and checked it out. There were some pretty awesome photos of food on there like you see below.

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There was quite a lot of information on their Instagram page and on each post. They also do a great job showcasing people who are using their product. There is a great way to “keep the conversation going” about your product. Another great thing they do is list recipes using their product so you can try them.

So after seeing awesome food for about a week I went over to the Flavor God website and ordered the seasonings. They arrived about a week later and I love them! I use them on pretty much everything I cook and they have really helped me with my meal prep as well.

For those wondering Flavor God seasonings are low in salt, contain no MSG, use all natural spices, are gluten free and follow the paleo diet. Also shipping is free in the US!

Anyways I would have never heard of this product if it was not for Instagram. Again if you think social media is not important to your company you are behind the times. Instagram is completely free to use and is a great marketing tool you can use for your company. All you have to do is put in the time to do it.

Have you found a product or service on Instagram? Let me know in the comments!

Actually Living Life…

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If you may have noticed I have not blogged for about a month. So what have I been up to? Well plain and simple I have been living life and loving every second of it! I posted a status update on Facebook about how my life has seemed like a movie lately. Below is that post…

“The last 3 weeks of my life seem like a movie almost. And not just the good times that you see on Instagram or Facebook, but work and my personal life as well. I think the big change for me was to let the negative people in my life go and live for now. Negative people have so much to complain about and are never happy. No one wants to be around that. Do you know how lucky you are? How blessed you are to have great family and friends? To have a job and a roof over your head? I think it is the little things like this that we take for granted. You should wake up each day with a smile on your face and be happy with what you do have rather than harp on what you don’t. Living for now means if you want to do something go do it. That means go on an unexpected vacation, take a day off from work and hang out with friends, have a party, etc. Don’t make excuses and worry about every last detail. If it is important to you and will make you happy, just do it and correct course along the way. At the end of the day life is too short to be anything but happy…I am truly blessed to have such an amazing group of friends that bring out this euphoric positive energy that’s contagious!”

Let me touch on a few things that I said here. The first is to let go of negative people. You can’t expect to live a positive life if you are surrounding yourself with negative people. Let them go and see the difference that it brings you.

Appreciate the little thing and be thankful for what you have. While I may not be making a million dollars a year I am extremely blessed to have my own company that pays my bills, my amazing friends and more. Each day I realize things could be a whole lot worse for me.

Live for now. So many times I have told friends no or just stayed in. Over the past month I have said yes to so many things and had a great time. As I said in my previous post having amazing times with friends can really help improve productivity. If something is important to you just go do it, stop making excuses not to.

With all of that said the past month or so has been some of the best times of my life. I am definitely appreciating things and people more too. I am not sure why I did not have this outlook on life much sooner. I think that for many of us we get in auto-pilot mode and just let things go and put things off, many times until it is too late.

I recently found this amazing video which sort of sums it all up.

There are so many amazing things in that video, but I think the point I’m trying to make and what I was thinking when I wrote that Facebook post is that life is too short to be anything but happy. So if you are not happy go out and do things that make you happy, leave the negative behind and actually live life.

Work Hard, Play Hard & More

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Well this past Memorial Day weekend was one of the best weekends of my life. I spent each day with great friends and had an all around good time. After all the fun was over I did feel a little down, but the next day I was extremely energized to work and get a lot done. This got me thinking about something Tim Ferriss said in the Four Hour Work Week about how he suggested one month of travel for every two months of work.

While not everyone can travel for a month his point was that you need relaxation and good times to keep you motivated and to keep you going. There have been times where all I have done is work with no social life and I was just miserable. I found it very hard to get motivated each day. As soon as I started going out more and enjoying life this all changed. I knew that I could continue to travel, have amazing times with friends and much more if I got more work done and made more money.

Many of people have told me, “you party too much” or “you go out a lot”. If these people could see the results that having great times has on my work I don’t think that they would say those things to me. For example this past week after Memorial Day I triple the traffic on ThinkComputers and put out twice as much content as the previous week. This of course led to more money.

Why do you think that so many successful people are traveling or partying? It is because one they have the means to and two it shows them what hard work can bring them. Have you ever been on an amazing trip? Or had an amazing night with friends? What if you could do that over and over again? That is why so many people I know have the work hard, play hard mentality. Life is too short to sit at home watching TV or doing things that don’t excite you.

If you are feeling some type of void, feeling unmotivated, or just down why not plan a trip or a night out with friends. It is amazing how good times with friends can really effect your work and outlook on everything.

Here is a little recap video of my Memorial Day weekend that my friend made. I’m not sure if you are going to want to watch it at work though!

Time To Reset

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While at times it seems like everything is going smoothly in life there will always be and most definitely be rough patches. Sometimes when you think you have everything figured out life throws you a curve ball and like all things in life you have to deal with it. I have been through times like this before and I know that what I’ve had to do is completely reset.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

So how can you reset? Here is what I normally do.

Take a break – Sometimes you are so stressed or you don’t know how to deal with a situation that you just need to take a break from it all. I have actually done this in the past month by traveling (which I will blog about soon!). If you can not travel or get away the best thing to do is take a couple of day off just to yourself. This will give you the time you need to do my second tip which is…

Clearly define your goals – If it has to do with business or its personal the time you take off should give you the time to clearly define your goals. You can make a list or just have it in your head, but you should know what you want to accomplish in life, what you want to get out of life.

Spend time with friends – This is a big one anytime you are going through something rough in your life. Friends are not only there to provide comfort, but also will give you a second opinion on whatever the situation is. It is also good to get another perspective on something.

Remember life is not so bad – When bad things happen to us it seems like life gets a little darker, but you have to realize it is not the end of the world. Your life will go on and you have a lot to look forward too, whether it is great friends, family or business. Remember there are millions of people in this world who have it much worse.

Make a plan and execute it – Now that you realize it is not the end of the world, you have taken a break to define your goals, and sought the advice of friends it is now time to make a plan and execute it. What are you going to do on a daily basis to get back to where you were? How is this time going to be different? Once you have a plan setup carry it out in a timely manner.

Remember to not get too comfortable, always challenge yourself, you do not want your life to just be average.

The Importance of Having a Muse or Hobby

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When you are running your own business work can sometimes be all-consuming. There have been many times were I felt like all I ever did was work, I was stressed out, I couldn’t concentrate, it just was not healthy. Over the past year I have introduced hobbies and muses into my life which have really helped me get out of my funk and allowed me to get more work done. A muse or hobby can for example be traveling, cooking, sports or even a beautiful girl. Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past year on the subject of a muses and hobbies.

Make sure they are not directly related to your job – For the longest time I tried to keep busy or get into things that were directly related to my business. For example I used to do a lot of PC gaming, but I realized that I don’t want to be sitting in front of a computer after a long day of work where I’m in front of the computer most of the time as it is.

Needs to be something you look forward to – A muse or hobby should be something that you really enjoy or look forward to. In the case of a beautiful girl I would have so much motivation to get work done or even work harder because I knew at the end of the day or week that I would be able to see that girl and do something nice for her. With anything if its something you look forward to then getting your work done should be no issue at all.

Let them bring out your creative side – I have to be creative in my job, I think most people do in some respect. I’ve had writers block multiple time and it is not fun. When I get to travel it always brings out my creative side because I am out of my normal element. If a hobby or muse helps you be more creative that should definitely help you out in your business.

You can have more than one – Some people I know have a single hobby. Besides work and family that is all they do. That seem’s pretty boring right? That would be like going to a buffet and trying only one thing! While I’m not saying have a million different hobbies have a few things that you really enjoy.

So the question I’m asking you is what is your muse or hobby? Let me know in the comments!