Month: July 2017

7 Things I Learned Traveling to Cuba – Net Worth: $83.5K (CoffeeForTheBuzz)

7 Things I Learned Traveling to Cuba – Net Worth: $83.5K (CoffeeForTheBuzz)

 

7 Things I Learned Traveling to Cuba

If you’ve read through any of my earlier posts or the Goals page of our website, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for traveling as much as possible. I believe that you can learn more from visiting a new place than you can from years spent in a classroom or even from reading books (even though I love doing that as well). I find that every time I return from a unique trip like the one I just took to Cuba, I am refreshed with a new perspective on life and feel a sense of responsibility to make the most of my own life because of the opportunities that are so accessible to me that most others in the world in the world don’t have. Many of you reading this, especially if you’re from the United States, would probably be a bit skeptical of traveling to Cuba due to the historically negative relations the two countries have had over the past 60+ years. What I found, however, was a beautiful country of people with good intentions and no ill-will whatsoever towards the American people (even if their outlook on the American government was quite different). The following are the 10 most striking things I learned when traveling to Cuba. All are reasons that I strongly would recommend anyone give the country a visit if they have the chance and/or means to do so.

1. Cuba is an incredibly safe country.

If you’ve done a good bit of traveling, you’ll know that, unfortunately, there are more unsafe than safe countries in the world, especially when visiting major cities. My experiences in Havana, a city of 2+ million people however, were nearly all positive ones. Like any country you travel to, you won’t want to flaunt your iPhone 7 or extra cash you are carrying around, but in Havana, if a local is approaching you, it’s almost certainly to ask you about where you’re from and how you like Cuba (and probably if you want to buy their cigars too). Like any major city, girls should not walk the streets alone, but all in all it is a very safe place to be when comparing to the cities of the world we live in.

2. There are virtually no homeless people in Cuba.

While Cuba’s socialist and planned economy principles have undoubtedly kept the country from being as economically successful as it could otherwise be, there is something to be said for the fact that virtually no Cubans go without rations for food and the major necessities of life. As a country that is quite poor in comparison to much of the developed world, this is an impressive feat.

3. Money doesn’t buy happiness.

The cliche had to be used in this situation because nobody embodies this mantra better than the people you meet when walking the streets of La Habana. They are filled with vibrant music, dancing, and parties all day and night and you will see people smiling no matter where you look. Most of these people just had the money to provide basic necessities for their families, but as an outsider, it appeared that there was no shortage of happiness in that major city.

4. I am incredibly privileged.

Each time I travel to a place with a lower standard of living, I’m reminded how lucky I have been to grow up in a fully developed country like the United States. The most basic things that we take for granted are not always within arm’s reach in most parts of the world. Cuba is one of the nicest “developing” countries I’ve seen and they still suffer from frequent power outages, hit or miss air conditioning, and street pollution. Don’t take the basics in your life for granted.

5. I am obligated to make something of the opportunities I’ve been presented with.

Along the way, I met several incredibly intelligent Cuban natives that will never have the opportunity to achieve tremendous financial success and to create their dream lifestyles for their families. That is not to say that they won’t live happy lives, but the work ethic I witnessed in many Cubans that goes without much reward inspired me to be sure I make the most of the hand I’ve been dealt. It feels like an obligation that I intend to fulfill.

6. It feels good to be disconnected for a week.

For about a full week, I didn’t have a cell phone or any internet connection. And it was great. In the United States, people my age, including myself, are glued to our phones, laptops, tablets, Kindles, etc. 24/7. There is no time for true relaxation in the sense that I was able to feel relaxation in Cuba without these distractions. Even if you don’t venture somewhere exotic like Cuba, take a few days off and go somewhere without your cell phone or electronic gadgets. Your mental health will thank you for it.

7. I will be back someday.

While political relations between the United States and Cuba are likely to make travel between the two countries quite difficult in the near future, I can’t help but want to go back and see some of the places I was unable to see on this trip. Between the friendly people, rich history, beautiful beaches and scenery, and feeling of calm happiness, there’s not much to keep me from wanting to visit again. This past week was an experience I’ll never forget and would love to help any of you plan a trip to do the same.

Net Worth Update – $83.5K

After collecting another paycheck and some additional rental income, my net worth has continued to climb slowly but surely. I’m looking forward to launching my first successful online business in the next few weeks – success meaning I’ve sold a few products to paying customers.

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Why Positive Thinking Leads to Success – Net Worth: $81.3K (CoffeeForTheBuzz)

Why Positive Thinking Leads to Success – Net Worth: $81.3K (CoffeeForTheBuzz)

Why Positive Thinking Leads to Success

There is a common characteristic that a majority of the most successful people on the planet possess – they think positively. It might sound too good to be true that thinking positively leads to success, but like all things worth doing, it requires dedication and hard work to have positive thoughts at all times. It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t get the offer for your dream job, your significant other of several years kicks you to the curb, or you just can’t seem to bring in the amount of money you desire to make no matter how hard you try. But those that reach true success in life take these setbacks as learning experiences and fuel for positive growth in life, while the majority of the world will look at these problems and handle with a negative response since that’s the easier route to take. It’s easy to give up on your dreams when you realize the amount of work it will take to achieve them – when you allow your thoughts to steer towards the negative aspects of chasing your dreams (which is natural because it’s easy to do), you don’t do the things you should to make your life a success story. When you open your eyes, see every setback as an opportunity, treat people with respect, and view the world as a generally good place, you create a world for yourself that breeds positivity, success, and happiness.

Why Positive Thinking Works

Let’s take a simple example that an alarmingly high amount of Americans can relate to in order to illustrate why positive thinking allows you to be successful in life. General dissatisfaction with your job or occupation. So many people deal with this issue, so let’s look at how a negative thinker deals with the issue and then look at how a positive thinker deals with this issue.

Negative Thinker

The negative thinker wakes up in the morning after pressing the snooze button three or four times with a sensation of dread before slurping down 3 coffees on their way to work, commuting through heavy traffic. Their job is boring and it’s hard to understand the point of what they are doing. Given this generally apathetic attitude towards their work, the negative thinker produces poor quality work products and never really gets good reviews from their bosses. Finally, after skating by another work day, the negative thinker seeks any outlet for forgetting about the boring day they just had in hopes to enjoy what little time they have set aside for themselves: watching TV, going to the bar multiple nights a week, scrolling through Instagram for an hour, etc. The negative thinker’s approach to work and life outside of work leads to a strong lack of motivation or drive and this person generally settles for what life has handed them. 50 years after starting a career they are not passionate about, the negative thinker retires, looks back on their life, and realizes that they wasted the precious time they were given to make something of. The negative thinker lives a life of general unhappiness, unrealized potential, and eventually, regret.

Positive Thinker

The positive thinker wakes up to the sound of their alarm clock at 5:30 or 6:00 – well before they need to get to work – in order to think about what they can do to capitalize on the opportunity that the new day brings. They go to the gym in the morning because they know it will make them feel better about themselves and hold the attitude that the pain of going to the gym won’t be that bad. They go to the job that they don’t particularly care for, but put a smile on their face as they walk into the office because they look at this job as a means to developing the life they dream about living. They remove themselves from the work itself, but instead to the impact that being a successful worker can have on their life in the big picture. For example, a positive thinker might hold the goal of starting a real estate investment company, and looks at their job as a means towards achieving that larger goal – this helps them stay positive about even the most boring days at the office. While the positive thinker is also excited for 5 o’clock to roll around, he or she does not go home looking to escape the reality of what the work day brought upon them. The positive thinker looks at the time after work as a great opportunity to work towards their bigger goals – that side business, maintaining strong relationships, and planning what they will do to escape the rat race. The positive thinker goes to bed exhausted most nights a week, but with a feeling of content knowing that they used that day to the fullest of their potential and will do the same thing the next morning.

How to Put Positive Thinking Into Action

It makes sense to you that thinking positively allows you to tackle the ups and downs of life head on and in stride. But for those who are used to letting their thoughts creep into negative territory (as I used to), it can be tough to create a shift in mindsets overnight. Below are 5 great ways to start incorporating positive thinking into your daily life. Your new attitude towards each day will be life changing.

  1. Wake up at 6 AM or earlier each day. Happy, positive, and motivated people wake up early. They are able to take control of the day by working out, working on their side business, or whatever else they need to do for themselves and are able to start the day on a high note.
  2. When you receive unpleasant news, ask yourself how to make this a positive. If you lose your job, what can you do to turn this experience into a positive one? Certainly not sulk in your bedroom for weeks on end – if you’ve always been wanting to start your dream business, your lost job has gifted you the free time to build something of your own.
  3. Workout 5 times per week. Working out allows you to maintain a positive mindset because it allows you to put yourself through something that’s difficult and come out on the other side a better person on a daily basis. When you learn to think positively about the task at hand (working out), you’ll be able to take that energy into the rest of your life as well.
  4. Be the first person to say hello when walking down the street. This is a small thing, but when you become friendly towards everybody you’ll start to see that there are a lot of good people in the world which will help you maintain a good attitude. By being the first one to say hello, you’ll open yourself up to more new friendships than you could ever imagine.
  5. Take 10 minutes first thing in the morning to plan what you want to accomplish for the day. Planning out your day first thing when your mind is clearest will allow you to become a more productive person which in turn will help you achieve each new day with a more positive outlook because you’ll begin to understand that you’re in complete control of how your day goes.

These are all small things to implement in your life, but you’ll begin to realize that these small things add up to an overall happier and more positive mindset towards life. What are your thoughts on positive thinking? Do you implement this practice in your daily life? Looking to improve? Leave a comment below.

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