Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Why Some Women Will Never Be High Achievers by Jacqueline Miller

There are people around us who are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Having to make daily decisions about whether to pay the utility bill or buy medical supplies; whether to save their last few dollars for gas for their "hoopty" or a meal for their family. When I hear someone like that use the term,"I can't afford it," I accept it.

However, there are many more women who regularly sing the "I can't afford it." song. It typically involves purchases that would benefit them long term: the expeditures that fall within the self-enrichment or personal development areas.

Women often find funds for material things, because to some of us these possessions represent affluence. Too often we get caught up on external appearances, while our inner self is crying for help. "The largest room in the world is the room for improvement." We find money for everything and everybody else, however, identifying financial resources to invest in ourselves can be a challenge for some.

Years ago I was guilty of that same limiting behavior. "I can't afford it!" were words that I consistently used when it came to spending on myself. I reached a point when I had to admit that my refusing to spend on me, on things that would make me a better woman, not a better-dressed woman, but a better woman inside and out, was subconsciously linked to my self-worth. No wise person spends money or invests in anyone or thing that they don't see value in, or don't believe will have a return on investment.

Once I realized that I was engaging in this self-defeating behavior and took the necessary steps to stop viewing myself as less than a priority, everything in my life began to change. The Law of Attraction is an amazing concept. The more value and worth I saw in myself and subsequently began investing in myself, the more value, worth and abundance I began to attract.

Here are two things that I implemented to shift my behavior and my mindset to high-achiever status:

Rather than saying that I couldn't afford something, I reviewed my finances, determined whether it was in my NOW budget and if not, I devised a plan to generate the dollars needed to get it. I chose action over acceptance.

I adopted a philosophy of "Maybe not now, but never say never." I may not have it NOW, but I refuse to languish in the NEVER zone, especially if it's something that I want, or more importantly, need for my personal growth. I would put these plans in writing and included a "by when" date to ensure that I remained committed to myself.

If you exist in a puddle of stagnation and excuses, routinely using the "I can’t afford it!" song, then I encourage you to press pause.

Begin to examine why you may be lacking self-worth and what action you’re willing to take to change that mindset. Instead of believing that you can’t afford it, your inner self is likely trying to tell you that you can't afford NOT to invest.

While there are resources that exist to help create a bridge from broken to breakthrough, the transformation of one's mindset must begin within. No one can want better for you, more than you.

To find out more about Jacqueline Miller, visit her at Twitter: @mogulmomdujour

Sunday, March 4, 2018

How Can I Be An Inventor? By Corvet Williams


How can you be an inventor? Easy! Start thinking. Start logging all those subconscious thoughts you had about an idea to the forefront. How many times have you said, ‘If only this could do this or that?’ Or how many times have you thought ‘I wish this had a feature like this?’ That’s all inventing is. It’s really that simple. And how many times have you seen a new product and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that? Or ‘Oh my goodness, I had that same idea!’ “Invention is the mother of necessity”-Thorstein Veblen.

I recommend you keep a pad just for ideas handy. Write them down as you think about them and write the date (this can come in handy later). Then you can research if it exists or not. What may surprise you, is that only about 2% of inventions make money. Which means most patented inventions are just that, an invention. There can be a number of reasons why inventions never see the light of day. It could be the inventor gave up on it, maybe they couldn’t find sourcing, maybe it wasn’t profitable, and the list goes on.

Either way, it will be in your best interest to research your ideas. You don’t have to necessarily pay for a patent search just yet. You can use Google patents and the patent office website to search. F.Y.I, patents are not worded the way we use a product; for example, a bottle cap would not be searched as a bottle cap. One way you would search it is cylinder closure for a liquid container. The wording can be very expansive. Patents are a wordplay and you must learn it.

Do not be discouraged if you find an idea like yours. Here are a few reasons why. You still may able to use your idea. Make sure the idea is exactly the same because you can get credit for what’s called an improvement patent. An example of an improvement patent is a cup with a handle. Let’s say a cup exists but it doesn’t have a handle and you add the handle. You won’t get credit for the cup but you will get credit for adding the handle. Now anytime a cup is made with a handle, you share a percentage. Does that make sense?

Anyone can be an inventor and everyone is an inventor. You just have to put your ideas on paper and act on them. Please whatever you do, don’t get emotionally attached. I know your
first idea will be your “baby” but you have to know when to let go and when it’s a green light.

It’s not a determent from your dream just a reality, remember 98% of patents never make it to market. Whatever you do, DO NOT PAY INVENTION COMPANIES. If you would like my guidance as a consultant or for more information contact me at corvet@corvetwilliams.com, join local 

inventor groups, or consult with a patent attorney.