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If you are following my bike riding series, you will know from that I stress the hard parts of stopping something for so long and then aiming to come back and start again. Greek was another thing I had put down for a few months and I guess it was a good idea for me not to go to Greece a few months back because in terms of the lingo, I was nowhere near I wanted to be.
Here’s a picture of me looking over my work of previous months, becoming re-acquainted with the language and remembering the different letters of the alphabet, different rules about specific letters (if you zoom in to this picture you can see a rule I wrote down about the letter “s” which is sigma in Greek).
To be honest I didn’t do as much as I thought I would but it was mainly based on review and re-establishing the work I had done previously. I only spent a little while looking over the notes (I normally aim to practice for 45 minutes with a countdown timer running – this increases intensity and forces me (well it should do) to work at my best due to the fact there is a clock counting down).
I really did get the understanding back when I looked over my previous notes and I guess it is a good platform to start from. The main purpose for learning the Greek language is to take my Bible study to the next level, therefore I am not using something like Rosetta Stone or something like that. I am currently using a video class based on learning Bible Greek. It comprises of short 4-5 minute videos which I aim to do daily.
More updates in the future. Please et me know if you have any tips which can help me learn more efficiently within the scope of what I have described.
I wrote an article yesterday about sorting out priorities, you can click here to read it if you haven’t already but please come back and finish off this article. You can kind of say the two are linked because when I got out of bed this morning (around 5:30 AM), I had just finished reading the Bible, which I aim to do every day before I start my day. I headed over to my laptop and was thinking about the blog post I was going to write today (This is another thing I am trying to sort out because for the second year running, I am failing to complete a post a day – How hard can it really be?).
Anyway I started thinking about new priorities (which are really old) that I wanted to reinstate. Now I started thinking about my first online callings. One was my blog and I am taking more time with it and giving it more of my attention, regardless of whatever other things I am trying to do. The point is, I definitely have the time, It just comes down to my priorities. As I sat down, another one immediately can into my mind…”Get back on the bike.” Like that it was back and it is something I am looking to start doing seriously again. As I write these very words, another thing shot to the front of my memory which is language practice. I did think of typing tomorrow I will start again but there is no time like the present, I will get back into the swing of things today and perhaps write a blog post about it in the future. This blog post today isn’t about business but I find it hard to walk over this point without using the words “passive income.” What I am actually doing here is taking actions and by me doing these things, more things are coming back to me without little or no work. All I am doing currently is writing today’s blog post but I already have two potential articles now for tomorrow and the day after (getting back on the bike again day#1 & back to Greek day #1). Guess what? This seems like a good stream of investment because I have now thought (while typing) of a daily review/oversight of my day of biking and my day of Greek. That is how easy action multiplies! If I did this every day, I would have a full year’s worth of content for my blog and would complete my task of posting every day.
Like I said, this post isn’t about business but you can see how the principle of business are transferable. Staying with this theme just slightly, I was lying in bed around 3/4 AM thinking about how great & timeless Jesus was. I’m a firm believer in the fact all plans including business, life, wealth etc are found in the Bible. I was thinking about Business and how important marketing/exposure is, it really is the most important (Yes more important than the good product). I started thinking about how Jesus had such a big impact. Firstly, you should know I do believe Jesus had the best product on the market but this isn’t enough. If people don’t even accept free products today, this alone shows you product is not enough. Jesus didn’t say – “I have the best product on the market, everyone will come to me.” He actually did the opposite! He travelled around Israel teaching freely about his product and showing people real life examples of the product. Tried and Tested. Just to relate it to business I used the word product. I know some people may find offence in that but even if it was a product, it’s free anyway. Moving on, he not only travelled himself, he sent people out before him and with him. Ladies and gentlemen – please tell me what one of the biggest marketing strategies out there today is? Affiliate marketing! I’m merely using this to prove my previous point that these strategies are nested in the Bible one way or another.
It’s funny how my article post about getting back on the bike has turned into various other things but there you have it. Nearly 1000 words in less than thirty minutes all original. Since I completely sabotaged this article (unintentionally in many ways), I can do nothing else but tell you to look out for my upcoming article about getting back on the bike day #1 (now written) which will talk more about my bike experience and the struggles that came along.
Riding my bike is not in the top two things on my list so I was not riding before writing.
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This article is not going to highlight every way in which one can act, however it is a general article about what to do. Sometimes after exerting much energy and not necessarily seeing the fruit I want, I get frustrated and down and ask myself what the problem is. It’s easy to get down and stop moving forward but what I have found in these times of trouble, is by going forward I am succeeding. Action is the answer to many problems. If you feel you have worked really hard and not received your desired goal, work harder, work different.
I was talking to a friend recently and I was telling them about business. What I was saying is, when my business is not acting in the way I want it to, I act. I may be discouraged that the business is not making the money I projected but I know sitting around moping is not going to work, sitting around in distress will not bring more revenue. What I told them was I sometimes sit around and say to myself “I want more revenue.” What I then do is start acting. I either act harder at my work or I act differently. If what I am doing is not making me the revenue, it is either because I am not working hard enough at what I am doing or I am working at the wrong thing. I act…
Let me talk to you more about action because action is the key, both mentally and physically. ACTION FIRSTLY IS GUARANTEED. Someone once said “If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.” Whether you will work for yourself or work for someone else. Those feelings you have at times at your job “I wish I didn’t have to be here all the time.” There are many thoughts people have, you all know who have had these thoughts know what they are. I’m here to tell you, you may have these thoughts running your own business, the only difference is there is no imposed cap on how long you can work or how much money you can make. Running your own business allows you to work much less time and make much more money but it takes action and it takes hard work. You will start to find that working on a personal business is more fulfilling, more lucrative, has the potential to benefit your surroundings more.
Don’t just jump into a business headless. Learn from previous business owners and decide what to take from failures and success stories. Socrates said “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured for.” Read their books, listen to their audio, contact them, do the right things to learn what you need. We are what we practice, Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If we continually learn from successful business men and women, what do you think we should become? I want to be successful so I read successful books, I listen to successful people speak. I surround myself with what I want to become. In times of hardship, I do what I know best and that is what I do every day, take one step closer to my completed plan.