Interview with Josh Hinds: Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur 122

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“Success is the prize for those who stand true to their ideas.”
Josh Hinds, It’s Your Life, Live BIG

That’s just one of the things you can hear Josh Hinds say on a daily basis.

And, although, you may have heard many people say it, he’s more than welcome to do so as he is an example of success, determination, powerful mindset, constant motivation and a passionate life.

Josh Hinds founded his first online business in 1996, and has inspired and helped millions of people since then.

His business and entrepreneurial journey began when he was 15, and unlike the average person – he never gave up.

He’s the author of It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG, Motivational Quotes for Living BIG, Why Perfect Timing is a Myth.

He runs a network of personal development sites;; and, and is the founder of (where a guest post of mine was published recently).

Josh is a proven mentor, an inspirational and motivational speaker and is someone for whom Robin Sharma says:

“Josh has overcome some extraordinary challenges to live his best life. His story inspires you to change the game.”

He is indeed an interesting and passionate individual who has achieved a lot. And as such, has a lot to share with us.

Josh was kind enough to take some time and answer the following questions for me.

So I hope this interview will be informative, inspiring and motivating enough for you to get out there and do something about your goals.

Here it is:

1. I -like you- believe in people’s potential.
But what’s the first step? Where should one that’s just starting his transformation begin?

Josh Hinds: I’m a big believer that the details begin to fill in when we’re moving, or taking action. That might sound a little strange, especially if you’re just starting out on your journey.

Here’s an example of what I mean. When I first started out I had a very basic idea. I would link from my website to those of other authors, speakers, and experts whose work I admired. See, I told you it was a simple idea. That was back around the mid-1990’s.
While I started with a simple idea, it didn’t take long before other ideas were thought up and acted upon . I ended up directly sharing content and becoming friends with many of the folks. I initially just thought I’d be linking their websites.

I also ended up building a pretty large audience, and an accompanying newsletter (a few actually). That first site, which is now, also has several sister websites which focus on other topics such as sales, leadership, etc.
I also ended up writing and sharing my own thoughts and ideas along the way, and even adding professional speaking to what I do.

My point in mentioning this isn’t to brag, but to illustrate the importance of growing into bigger and better, through a willingness to get started where you are now. Working your idea and being open to trying new things and ideas that might come to mind. While at the same time being careful not to let totally unrelated opportunities pull you away from things.

2. How many hours do you work a day?

JH: When I was first launching the website, I worked all the time at it. Easily 70 to 80 hours a week.

I want to point out here that it wasn’t because I had to, nor would I even recommend it to folks. It just sort of happened that way for me. See, I was very passionate about the topic personal development, so spending the time I did wasn’t at all like work.

I still remember how great it was to hear from people all over the world who were benefiting from what I shared. And it was equally exciting to help spread the message of a speaker or author who I admired to our website audience.

So much happened so quickly looking back that it didn’t really ever feel like hard work to me.

Now I don’t put near the hours in. Then again, I tend to always have some project going. I don’t watch a lot of TV, and I enjoy being creative, so my fun and what others might consider work tend to merge together.

3. Do you think everyone should find their passion and follow it? Even if there are risks?

JH: Yes, I do. I also want to point out that I don’t think one has to be directly passionate about their job.

Here’s what I mean. Say you’re passionate about rock climbing, but you can’t find a direct way to integrate that in to work (notice I’m not saying it can’t be done, just that as an individual you can’t at this point), you could accept that the job – while you’re not particularly passionate about it – is a great vehicle, which makes it possible for you to pursue your passion of rock climbing.

In other words, if you’re passionate about the work you do, awesome.
If not, reposition your mindset and be grateful that you have it, because it allows you to pursue things you are passionate about.

4. What’s the most satisfying aspect of what you do?

JH: The years worth of messages I’ve received from people all over the world who have shared how some aspect of the work I do has had a positive impact on them.
It’s very humbling and I’m truly grateful to God that he gave me the talents and gifts he did. I know I’m meant to encourage others and I try my best to do so.

5. What are your best habits and practices?
The ones that help you stay consistent, improve and get up early every day and change people’s lives.

JH: When I first wake up, I pray and specifically give thanks for the blessings I’ve been given. After, I’ll usually do some guided meditation. I have a little app on my phone that’ll run me through it – usually 9 minutes or so.

One key thing I do is remember that action is the great differentiator.

Ideas abound. It’s the willingness to apply the ideas that come our way that actually creates the results we long for.
Trying doesn’t mean we have guaranteed results, but without it, we haven’t got a chance.

6. What was the biggest sacrifice you had to make to become a successful entrepreneur?

JH: There have been many, I’m sure. Though, during the journey I’m not sure I considered them sacrifices.
I was trading things, time, possessions. In some cases security for what I wanted more – entrepreneurship.

I come from several generations of entrepreneurs and actually worked in our family business at a fairly young age, so the concept of entrepreneurship wasn’t ever really foreign to me. If anything, I’d say working for someone else was.

One thing about entrepreneurship is that you learn to live lean. You realize that business can be up or down and at times even sideways.
Overtime it doesn’t bother you as it would most people. You realize that overtime you managed to make it and overcome previous obstacles, and as such you’ll do the same next time.

The catch is that not everyone is going to be able to feel the same comfort in such a situation. Therefore, looking back I see where I may have missed out on some personal relationships, because I didn’t feel like the person I was dating at the time was necessarily going to be able to adapt to the entrepreneurial journey.
Again, I don’t have regrets about it, nor do I want to have anyone be discouraged by it. Anyone that’s got the entrepreneurial bug will get the point in what I’m sharing and not be deterred by it.

7. Which one do you enjoy more, speaking or writing? Why?

JH: I don’t think I really have a preference at this point in my life.
I am just grateful that anyone would want to hear or read anything I have to say.

A little background on me in case folks don’t know. For a long time I actually dealt with severe anxiety and what I refer to as a blocking tic. Think extreme stutter. I was dealing with that for a long time while I was growing the website. That was actually a catalyst for why I started writing in the first place.

At first I was just sharing other people’s work, but I knew I had something worthwhile to share of my own too. The challenge was that I could barely spit out what I wanted to say. So I just decided I’d write it out just like I would say it, if I could. It worked. I refer to this as finding my workaround.

Then, as the years passed and I worked through that difficulty, I began to speak to groups, I had the added benefit of being a writer also.
So you see, I really can’t say I like one over the other. Both are gifts that helped shape the person and life I have today.

8. Do you do anything unusual when you write? How does you writing process go?

JH: I have a few different approaches. The most common way I write is to just fire up the word processor and type, resisting the urge to edit as I go.

Then, I’ll add the words “edited version” above the first draft. I’ll copy the draft and load it into this program I have that read what I copy into it. This gives me the effect of having an editor. I can hear it and easily catch mistakes and what just doesn’t sound right. Then I’ll make edits from that.
I have done that for years now. In addition to my own writing, I have to review a lot of contributed articles and guest posts that are sent for review to the different sites I run. The same program is especially helpful for reviewing those.

Another approach I’ll occasionally take when writing is to dictate a rough draft of what I write into my phone or tablet.
I use an android phone / tablet and find that Google’s voice to text is pretty good. It tends to understand just about everything I say correctly. I have a southern accent so that is no small task at times. Haha.
Then I take the rough draft and pop it into the reading program I mentioned and edit it to a final draft.

9. What advice would you give to those who are still not sure about what they want to do with their life?

JH: As I mentioned above, explore areas you’re interested in. Volunteer if you have to, or study the given areas you’re interested in in depth.

Activity and motion tend to build on itself. If you’re static, that tends to build upon itself too.

Think about it like this. Have you ever noticed that when things are going well opportunity seems to find you easier? Again, movement creates and attracts more of the same.

10. What’s your next big project?

JH: I’ll continue to inspire and encourage my others through the websites I run, such as and the others, as well as through my writing, articles, books, and other programs.

Beyond that, I’ll continue to remain open to whatever else life throws my way.


Hope you enjoyed what he had to say and took a lesson.

If you want to connect with him and find out more about what he does, here are some useful links:
YouTube channel

It’s Your Life, Live BIG
Motivational Quotes for Living BIG

“When we set out to do the best we can do, it is inevitable that great opportunity finds us because we are doing what truly makes us happy. We’re in alignment and ready for the opportunities that life puts in our path.”
Josh Hinds, It’s Your Life, Live BIG

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.