5 Reasons Why Quitting is Not an Option

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This post was written by Gbemileke Sonde, a motivational blogger and writer.

“When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.” – Roy T. Bennett

It is our lifetime dream to be someone great in life.

Some of us want to build a successful business, attain high positions at work, have a huge amount of money in the bank and so on. That makes us pursue some skills that will enhance us to make our dream a reality. Such activities include getting a degree, starting up a business, learning a new skill, depriving yourself of sleep at night and devoting most of your time to your project, and more.

But to our amazement, things get harder and it seems our efforts are not yielding a positive result. The only alternative we have then is to give up.

Maybe you doubt yourself and ask yourself whether you have what it takes to succeed. You might be thinking: ‘I got to end this now and quit, rather than continue making a fool of myself’.

Self-doubt pops up in your mind and hopelessness starts to take over. It happens to all of us. But remember that tough times never last, but tough people do.

Why You Should Never Give Up on Yourself

1. You are bigger than your temptation.

It might seem like the world has turned against you, and all you can see is a series of problems, circumstances and challenges.

But this is a trial period. You must never faint, never lose hope in yourself, never give in to temptations. They exist now to make you stronger, to help you become a real man, to make you braver and more courageous.

Believe in yourself, remember those times in your life that you faced certain challenges and how you overcame them. Reinforce those visions in your mind now. Develop the mindset of ‘I can do this’ and ‘I will do that’.

2. It’s all in your head.

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No matter the challenges you are going through now, what would determine whether you win or lose is your mindset.

That’s your mentality, what you believe in, what you stand for. If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t.

Your word, together with your belief system, is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

No matter what you are going through – have this in mind: You are the captain of your soul, the creator of your destiny.

You can decide on how to respond to challenges, you might not have the power to control things that happens to you, but you have the power to control how you would react and respond to them.

3. Life is not meant to be easy.

Do you think life is easy? I guess not.

Life is enthusiastic for those who are prepared for any stone life throws at them. To get a better life, the one you’ve dreamt about for long, you need to fight for it.

There are over 7 billion people in the universe and every individual is fighting for survival. You have your own fight, so don’t give up on yourself.

Giving up means telling yourself you are not competent of handling circumstances. By this negative self-talk, you accept defeat before it’s actually happened.

4. The storm is almost over.

If you could realize where you are now and where you have come to reach your goal, you would persist more, endure more and continue on your journey to success.

If Thomas Edison decided to quit after 9,999 attempt failed, he would not have succeeded inventing a light bulb.

No success goes without its own hardship and no achievement without failure, and its own story to tell.

“Everything is OKAY in the end. If it is not OK, then its not the end”.

5. Doing the same thing daily.

To succeed in your endeavors, success requires doing the same thing day in and day out. Not once, not twice; but everyday.

You can’t be a guitarist today and tomorrow decide to become a violinist. You have to stick to a profession and learn the ins and outs of it. 

All successful people are known for one thing. Football hero Lionel Messi is well-known for his talent on the field. Steve Job was the founder of Apple.

Even though you are yet to achieve your expected result and feel like quitting already, don’t.

An athlete trains daily to stay in shape.

A blogger who wants to be successful must be consistent with blog posting, comments on other blog, guest posting to gain exposure and backlinks, promoting blog content, etc. This will not yield expected results once, but continuously. Doing this will help in the growth of one’s site, brand and – ultimately – business.

If you are not persistent in what you are doing, there are others folks who are working restlessly to achieve their dream. How would you be able to beat them?

Wrapping up

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built brick by brick. Success doesn’t come overnight, it comes through hard work, patience and endurance.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

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