Archive for August, 2013

Didn’t get the ALevel results you were hoping for? So what!

That day has arrived again – ALevel results day. Around this time each year, thousands of kids are nervously waiting for their results which will determine if their life is going to be successful and happy or if it is going to be a miserable existence – at least that is what they think.

But here’s the thing -  the results of your A Levels are not as important as you may think in determining if your life is going to be happy one or a miserable one, no matter what your parents or teachers tell you. Obviously in some cases your Alevel results will be important, if you need them as a stepping stone to a career you are dead set on pursuing such as a solicitor, doctor or teacher, as you will need the grades to be able to go to University and carry on that path.

However the majority of young adults (16,17,18) do not have a clue what they want to do for a career and therefore will usually choose something they MAY have a remote interest in and then continue to follow this path in university also. I personally know lots of people who have chosen the wrong path in both school and university and have wasted years of their lives doing something they have no interest in.

I know people who have left school with literally nothing and have become successful doing things they actually enjoy as opposed to what they THINK they might enjoy. I know others who have been to University, spent years studying and qualifying in their chosen subjects, have £10,000′s of debt and now work in Mcdonalds as a choice. I know PLENTY of people who have gone to University, spent years studying subjects they had no interest in (or have lost interest in),  have £10,000′s of debt and are now self employed or working in a job which they could have got without going to University and have never been happier.

The key to a happy life is exactly that – choosing something that makes YOU happy, not your parents or your teachers. People laugh at Mcdonalds workers and look down at them, I am the total opposite as I think they show the best characteristics of someone who wants to achieve something in life vs moaning that the world owes them a living.

If you haven’t achieved exactly what you wanted from your ALevel results today, then don’t stress and just use this as an opportunity to reassess what you are doing – are they the right choice for you ? will you be happy if you do achieve them ? if the answer is yes, then you can always resit them next year and carry on as planned – remember life isn’t a prewritten book,  you are the one who writes the pages. If the answer is no, then this blog post has shown you that there is more than one way to be happy in life and to rethink what would make you happy and to maybe follow a different path.

I will leave you with one of  my favourite quotes – “When I was 5 years old, my mum always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” Anonymous

Making money isn’t complicated – people make it complicated.

Seeing as I haven’t blogged for a while, I thought I would spend 30 minutes on this rainy Sunday afternoon writing this short blog post.

The title says it all. Making money isn’t complicated – people make it complicated. Too many people think that making money is complicated or too hard, when in reality it isn’t. I am not going to write a huge boring essay on why making money is easy and people are looking at it all wrong, but I am going to show you a very simple example of what I mean.

If I said it was quite easy to make £100,000 in a year from now would you believe me ? You would probably say it is impossible and it couldn’t be done. However if you concentrated on what is actually possible you would actually realise it is easy to make £100,000 in a year from now if you don’t think too hard about it and overcomplicate things. Instead of thinking of it as an impossible goal, why not try and make it a possible one ?

Let me give you an example. To make £100,000  in a year from now, all you need to do is find something which you can make £50 profit on and sell 2000 of them. That would be 2000 x £50 = £100,000. I think most people can now see that making that £100,000 in a year isn’t as ‘impossible’ as they first thought.

It could be anything from items purchased in bulk from China and sold on eBay for a profit, to buying second hand items from sites such as Gumtree and reselling them for a profit on eBay or similar sites. If you don’t have any money to start buying anything, then you can even get stuff for free from sites such as Freecycle or Freegle where millions of people give stuff away for literally nothing. So there really is no excuse to not start making extra money. Stop complicating things and using complications as the reason you haven’t started doing something, as they are just excuses.

The point of this post isn’t to make out that making £100,000 in a year is as easy. It is to point out the fact that seeing things different can go a long way in making money, and applying this logic to other things will go a long way in helping you achieve your goals.

I have always been an active believer in reinvesting profits into your business to make you more and more money as time goes on. It is very hard to stay focused on a business without taking some money out for your “efforts” and “reward” but I believe that this is one of the biggest reasons that most SME businesses fail. So remember, if you start making money then reinvest that money back into your ‘business’ as that will be your biggest stepping stone to success and it is how every successful business has been built up to what it is today.

Happy Sunday !