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Posted by: | Posted on: May 8, 2015

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person?

Sometimes, believe it or not, people don’t really know or haven’t even thought about it.

Is it important for you to know? Maybe. It’s all in how to talk to yourself.

I live in a place where it rains 70% of the time. There are some people who just can’t tolerate the rain and end up leaving. It’s just too much for them. But they often have missed the message of the rain. This is a temperate rainforest with huge trees and thick vegetation. It couldn’t exist without the volume of rain. The salmon that come up streams to spawn need the rain to provide both water levels and cool water temperature necessary for survival. The stunning beauty and majesty of the area that attracts millions of visitors every year relies on the rain.

The rain is definitely a positive…at least that’s the way I see it. I love the sound of rain on the roof.

Successful people tend to be optimistic. Their failures are looked at as stepping stones.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison.

Here’s a little quiz I found to determine if you are an optimist or not.

Have fun with it:


Posted by: | Posted on: April 22, 2015

Katherine Tatsuda 4th generation entrepreneur

I had a great meeting with Katherine Tatsuda this morning. She told me about her family’s struggle to keep their business in the face of huge obstacles.

Her family faced prejudice, the Japanese internment in WWII, 2 fires, 2 recessions and the great depression to survive.

Her business, a small grocery store in Ketchikan, Alaska is celebrating its 99th year this year and is currently undergoing some much needed updates.

She has some great advice for beginning entrepreneurs and her story is sure to inspire.

Here’s her story:

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 4, 2015

Clean Up Your Facebook For Success

I’ve got a new podcast for you today.

You can either listen to it here or read it below.

Sometimes it’s a real struggle to keep a positive attitude when there is so much negativity around.

I think it’s going to get even harder as the US presidential election starts winding up. It’s already beginning.

So-called “news” stories are beginning to crop up trying to pit one side against another.

I pulled up Facebook this afternoon to find the whole page riddled with shared political stories and memes. I almost got sucked into it.

So I’ve made myself a promise. I’m going to do my best to stay above the fray and make my Facebook timeline a positive place.

Why do I bother?

Well, someone posted something political on my page and I immediately started typing a rebuttal, annoyed by the insinuation in the post.

But then I stopped. I thought, “Is this really going to change this guy’s thinking or just annoy him and start an unpleasant debate?”

Would something about his post change my mind?

The answer was “NO”.

So there just isn’t any reason to get into it. It doesn’t make me feel better. It doesn’t lessen my frustrations. It doesn’t fix anything. And it certainly doesn’t make the other person feel better.

So I quit typing and never posted my reply. I’m so glad I did.

Here is my plan:

First step, unfollow people who constantly post negative or divisive posts whether I agree with them or not.

This is going to be hard because some of them are close friends or family. But I figure I can check up on them from time to time by popping in on their pages to see what they are up to.

Just because I unfollow them doesn’t mean they quit following me. They can still comment on my posts and share them.

I tried this out and it seems to be working.

They can still send me messages so we’re not out of contact.

But at least I don’t have to see their negative stuff every day.

Second step, block web pages, blogs and news outlets that participate in the stuff. That’s a no brainer. When a post shows up on your page that is a shared link, it’s pretty easy to block the link so you never have to see it again even if your friend posts another link from that site.

Third step, unfriend people who persist.

This is pretty drastic and is reserved for only the most negative people that I want out of my life.

But then again, it pays to be choosy what you you let into your life.

I love this quote: “People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
Steve Maraboli, author of Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So if you’re a positive person who is on their way to success, you are the kind of person I want to rub shoulders with.

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Anita Hales

Posted by: | Posted on: January 22, 2015

Is clutter causing you to fail?

I made a video showing how you can de-clutter and make some money at it. Clutter and too much stuff can clutter up your mind and spirit and cause you to stagnate. Free yourself from the chains of “stuff” and succeed.

A friend of mine had a terrible fire some years ago.  She lost everything. Oddly enough, she said it was really liberating. The only thing she really missed was some photos of her family. Everything else was replaceable.

Stuff isn’t you. Get rid of it and discover who you really are and what you can really do.

Here’s the video:

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2015

You Can’t Buy Your Way To Success

You’re not going to buy your way to success.

Going from one company to another, getting on autoship, buying the next big thing is not going to get you to success.

You can make money online with the right training.

Lincoln said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

lincoln quote

Before you launch on your next internet money-making adventure think about this:

What is your passion?

Are you passionate about weight loss? Investing? Recipes? Crafts? What really interests you?

Don’t get into an MLM program just because it’s “ground-floor” or the “hottest thing yet”. Choose one that really interests you. I’d also pick a program that is established. Many of the “ground-floor” opportunities fail in the first 2 years.

The same thing with affiliate sales. Choose to be an affiliate of something you believe in.

That’s putting your feet in the right place.

If you are a teetotaler, purchasing a bar would probably be a lousy idea even if you know there is money in it.

You won’t be able to sustain your forward momentum for long if it’s something you really don’t believe in.

Buying in to everything that comes along will not get you success either. Stop buying products and choose one thing to focus upon.

One thing you can purchase that will be of infinite value to you is mentorship.

Invest in a mentor who has already been through the first steps and has won.

Invest in mental and spiritual inspiration. Reading books that are uplifting and inspirational is essential to your success.

When you have those down-days, reading something uplifting can put your head back where it needs to go.

Invest in education. Never stop learning and honing your craft. You can always get better. The day you stop learning is the day your business stops growing.

But even if you invest in these vital things there is one thing that stands above all of them.


You can spend all the money in the world on information, education and inspiration but without actually taking action, you will never get off the ground.

It is going to take work.

Never believe that someone else is going to do all the work for you. YOU are the owner of your business. YOU do the work.

If you want to work with my mentors Anji and Ben, they can take you from struggling entrepreneur to success.

Check out to see their Virutal Profit Machine.

Here’s to your success,

Anita Hales