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The One Ability That Make You The Leader No Matter What Else You Lack.

Leadership is one of the most discussed terms in any industry. It's a key factor people strive to perfect in their daily lives as managers, directors, and executives at corporations. But what exactly makes a leader?

I've had the privilege of surrounding myself with some of the top leaders in the military, network marketing, education, and corporate environments for the past 10 years. While none ran their organization in the same way, one common factor reigned supreme. It was their ability to predict.

Leadership isn't just enthusiasm, or great communication skills, or even empowerment of their own staff. These qualities are highly attractive in an individual, but none of them contributes to building real leaders quite like the ability to predict.

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.-Eric Hoffer- American moral and social philosopher

As a former special operations communication specialist, one of my many responsibilities was ensuring that spec ops units had the ability to communicate in a variety of ways at any point in time, regardless of where we were around the world. Communication skills and vehicles are incredibly useful, don't get me wrong. But the ability to predict is the real secret sauce to leadership.

From the variety of military organizations, generals, CEOs, and senior executives in the tech space I worked under for ten years, each of them had the ability to predict the future.

Notice I didn't say they were charismatic, or empathic, or even empowered their soldiers or staff. What they did do though was deliver orders and predict the end result of a task or mission.

Prediction is the Key

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Marshall Thurber in his Ted Talk describes in depth how companies such as Raytheon, Tiffany & Co, and Nokia didn't end up being where they are today by simply sticking to their original ideas in business. They saw where the markets were going, accurately predicted how their industry was going to change, shifted what their businesses produced, and ultimately became leaders in their industries based on the predictions they had made many years before.

Individuals like Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin, Dean Grey, and Jeff Bezos predicted where technology had been heading and took action by developing products and services that revolutionized how brands and consumers engage with each other.

These tech leaders all had different personalities and different traits of leadership. Yet, the common thread connecting them is that they accurately predicted the future.

Dean Grey (a rising entrepreneur in the information technology industry) predicted that eventually, brands would want to engage with their communities and tribes without having to rely on social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He saw that brands, influencers, and causes were spending millions of dollars but were reaching only a small fraction of their communities on social platforms.

Predicting that affinity group platforms would disrupt social platforms, he created Skylab as a game-changing bridge between brand and consumer.

What if we could create an engagement platform where the business could own 100% of that engagement with the end user instead of having to give a part of it up to Facebook, YouTube, and the like.”- Dean Grey- Futurist

Stop Believing the Fluff on Leadership

There are great articles out there that are published by companies such as Forbes that speak on amazing qualities to have with employees in the workplace. But the essential key element to being a leader lies in one truth.

The truth is you can have qualities such as charisma and empathy, and still not be a leader.

You have to make people trust you and trust your sense of direction as a leader. The fastest way to do that is predict accurately what's going to happen. Leaders such as Steve Jobs did just this when he predicted how the personal computer would be essential in most homes around the world.

It's time to stop trying to be liked by everyone of your employees.

As you probably already know, Steve Jobs and Larry Page weren't favored by many of their employees or their board of directors. But the ones who stuck around and followed them benefited because they appreciated that these leaders could predict the future of the industry with accuracy.

It's time to be a leader in a world of uncertainty. Gather information, analyze, predict, then work hard and take action in your life and business!

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When it comes to Brand Engagement, Social Media is Failing. Here’s Why.

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Recently, Forrester Research (one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world) studied more than 3 million user interactions with more than 2,500 brands posts on seven social networks. They confirmed what marketers have suspected for quite some time, which is people aren’t engaging with branded social content anymore.

Forrester revealed that six of the seven top social networks achieved an engagement rate of less than 0.1 percent for brands.

If you’re already spending thousands or millions on ad managers, Ad Words, and other promotional tools, this realization has HUGE implications. But even if you already knew this statistic, where do you look now to achieve the results you desire?

The answer lies in three simple words:

Affinity Group Platforms

The Shift From Social Sites To Affinity Platforms

In July 2008, Apple released the IOS 2.0 for iPhone users. With its release came the now widely known App Store which introduced the world to a large variety of downloadable third-party apps. These apps ranged from games, entertainment, and apps that helped us with productivity in business and everyday life.

These apps and platforms also gave birth to affinity groups which allowed users today to log on and connect with brands, influencers, and causes that they had a personal or emotional connection with.

 

Brands such as UberAirbnbSkylab, and The American Red Cross Association are great examples of affinity groups out there nowadays.

These companies are often associated with providing a product or service to certain groups of people.

 

People aren’t logging on to these to talk to their grandmas or check on what their friends are doing on the other side of the world. That’s what Facebook and Instagram are for as you know. Companies such as Uber and Airbnb are for large groups of like-minded individuals focused on receiving a service they wouldn’t otherwise receive elsewhere.

But something you might not know is that there are platforms such as Ultimate Life (Instagram: Ultimatelifemedia) and Allysian that take the best aspects of social and leave behind the baggage.

These companies are helping thousands around the world with their products and services.

More importantly, they’re leaping beyond what social media platforms have to offer and applying the Science of Engagement to their tribes.

The Continuing Issue

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The problems with social media today is that content is often truncated and there’s too much noise that has nothing to do with you. It’s difficult to drown it all out and simply connect with an audience of your choosing. Ads have become an everyday occurrence from the moment that you open a site or an app.

Social media went from a place where we can connect with others from a distance to a place where we’re beginning to feel disconnected from what matters the most to us. Not to mention the constant bombardment of political shaming. This is where affinity group platforms come into play.

A Value Reinforcement System (VRS) Is The Answer

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For those who aren’t familiar with a Value Reinforcement System, VRS was designed by Skylab to allow affinity groups to harness the power of Contextual Gamification strategies. It is also based on the theory of social cognitive learning.

“Such strategies apply motivation theories to reduce adverse side effects of gamification and increase intrinsic motivation and flow, thus optimizing the user’s engagement and satisfaction within the platform.” Dr. Al Nigl- Senior Behavioral Scientist

People are looking for a place where they can connect with a group of people that have similar interests. In simpler terms, they’re looking for somewhere where their newsfeed provides a healthy slice of the information that they truly want (and is not overrun by advertisements that don’t benefit them).

People also want to be valued for their loyalty to a brand or influencer. Relationships aren’t just people connecting to people, they’re also about brands connecting to consumers.

At the end of the day, isn’t being valued the end goal of any relationship?

Micro-influencers such as CheerLife have taken note of the viable solutions that VRS had to offer and have partnered with companies that specialize in it to grow their community immensely.

CheerLife has now used this opportunity to utilize VRS to develop a personal relationship with their tribe of cheerleaders to not only train them to become better athletes but to become better people and to be socially responsible by serving other causes and communities.

As you see, CheerLife outperformed Facebook by 530x and Instagram 11x.

The result is astonishing!

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It’s so funny how social media was just this fun thing, and now it’s this monster that consumes so many Millennial lives. Cazzie David- Writer/Actress

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Cheerleaders can learn through training modules, connect with other cheerleaders around the world, be rewarded with prizes, and potentially gain sponsorships by performing actions that they already do on a daily basis. This is called the Value Reinforcement System.

The point is this:

The concept of social media started with a great intention which led to the connection between billions of individuals. But as consumers, we desire more than that. We desire a personal connection between ourselves and the platforms we frequently visit.

This allows a brand or influencer to eliminate the noise so they can shape and reward the behaviors that help both brands and their communities to achieve their missions.

“It’s simple: today people don’t just want to be fans and follow you … they want to join your movement where they can take actions to make a difference.” Dean Grey– Futurist and Entrepreneur

 

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The Value of Owning Your Own Platform

As a business owner, you recognize the value of owning your own platform. You're jazzed about the ability to set your own structure and rules, while not being limited by someone else's platform, to connect with your community. This power creates a strong sense of freedom. It also means owning the behavioral data of your community, which is a powerful benefit.

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With more brands and influencers looking to get their own platforms, it's time to talk about the benefits of owning one and the impediments stopping most brands and influencers from getting one. If your brand is already exploding and producing epic results on social media, then why go the extra mile?

It's because the rewards of taking that extra step will not only benefit your business but will benefit your community too. It's important to remember that

The advantages of owning your platform are outperforming what social media has offered for the past decade.

 

Owning Your Own Tribe

As you should know by this point, the community on social media that YOU'VE built doesn't really belong to you. Your community belongs to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and any other platforms you leverage. If you're a big brand like Adidas or GoPro with millions of followers around the world, it can be a tough pill to swallow knowing that social media platforms have nearly complete control of your community.

If you're a smaller brand or micro-influencer with only several thousand followers, it's a more difficult realization. It means that no matter how big you grow your community, they'll never be "your community" because you don't own the platform they follow you on.

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Isn't it time for you to take the epic leap to ensure that your community is YOUR community?

With your own platform, you're able to control your community and enable them to see content that's relevant to them. You also don't have to worry about the next social media platform that might replace some of today's top ones.

Own Your Own Data

Data, as you know, is vital to the success of any business, especially if it concerns how your customers behave, what they purchase and when. When you conduct your business on social media platforms, the data that they offer is often limited to what they want you to know about your business.

It's also important to note that due to recent events with several major social platforms, you run the risk of jeopardizing your communities information. If the Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal taught us anything, it's that brands that have large followings on social don't know where their communities data is being often being sold to.

Consumers for the most part join a social site without reading and acknowledging the full extent of what's happening to their personal and behavioral data. That data collected on them is often sold to third-partiers which promote their products and services to them without ever having consent from them.

Affinity groups platforms allow the individuals logging on to them the ability to give access to the information that they want to give. Voluntarily information has been around for longer than people realize. For those of you that have a Fitbit, you voluntarily give tons of behavioral pieces of data about yourself on the daily.

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The benefit of having an affinity group platform (like the one Powur leverages with their own community) is that it relies on permission-based data. Now you and your community can feel confident that the data being collected is not being mishandled or abused without your permission. As you may have recently read in the news, Facebook doesn't necessarily protect your data or privacy very well.

Understanding that data is important is your first step, while the second is taking control of data just like you would take control of your community.

When you're able to control your data, you're able to better serve your community in an effective manner.

Ability to Customize

With your own platform, you're not restricted to the same UI/UX that social media forces you to use. You can customize your business the way you see fit., including using your own color scheme, your own layout or template. And with your own platform, you get to design what your community and tribe will enjoy every time they log onto your platform. If it's so easy and beneficial, then why isn't every business doing it then?

The Cost

Most apps, according to Applico, cost an average of $200,000. That includes an entire development team, and a waiting period between 4 and 6 months.


Most companies simply can't afford to do that while balancing labor, taxes, marketing, and advertising costs.

Ensuring that your app stays current and bug-free is also important. Version updates are always required with the ongoing enhancement of technology. If you can't do it yourself to cut the expenses, then you must continue to pay a development team to handle technical issues.

Time to Market

You're already running a business, a team, and building a list of clients to sell or market to. You've already got your plate full before you even consider developing an app for your community. You absolutely have to take time into consideration.

Lack of Ownership

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As more users around the world are connecting with their mobile devices, the importance of engaging with your core audience has never been greater. Having a platform that is accessible at any time with content that is relevant to your customers is highly attractive. You can skyrocket your brand loyalty in no time.

You also have the ability to track, recognize, and reward the right behaviors of your tribe. This method is called Value Reinforcement System.

42% of small businesses have a mobile app, and over 30% more are planning to get one within the next year.


More and more small businesses nowadays are developing their own apps or platforms. According to a small business survey done by Clutch, 42% of small business have a mobile app, and over 30% more are planning to get one within the next year. The point is, now is the time to stand out from the competition and start considering getting your own app with the capabilities of a platform.

White Label Platform Solutions

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Companies such as Skylab and Mindspace have removed the burdens of developing an app by yourself. By leveraging the solutions that these companies offer, brands and influencers have the ability to focus on what's important and that's connecting with their tribes and communities.

“Platforms are the new disruptors, and when you want to train, track, and reward your community, owning that engagement is a key element to understanding what your users really want.” Dean Grey- Futurist and Entrepreneur

My Wine Society (providing closed communities of wine enthusiasts the ability to be rewarded for the behaviors that they take in the wine community) noticed the advantages of freedom that white label gamification companies offer.

“Having a white-labeled platform has helped us reach out to our community effectively, which has been invaluable. Not only does it help us in the community engagement spectrum, but it also adds value to other areas of our business, which has helped us scale quickly and efficiently.” Sean Evans- CEO of My Wine Society

Offering your tribe something that adds value to them is the key to sustained engagement. People don't just want like buttons and badges. They want to know that they matter. If you're creating a platform that adds value to their lives, you're going to have a big business.

Nobody wants just an app or platform anymore. What businesses want is a process to increase people engaging on their platform.


Successful business owner and entrepreneur David Vanderveen explains the solution that white-label companies offers to forward-thinking companies.

“A big problem for XS is how we leverage and maximize value from our digital and social media communications. Most importantly, we can gamify our business process and incentives which allows us help more entrepreneurs build successful businesses on our platform.”

David Vanderveen-XS Energy Drink

For more information on Value Reinforcement Systems, refer to the White Paper (The Science of Engagement) published in the scientific journal Research Gate.

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How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

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How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Today, you must always stay ahead of your competitors, no matter what kind of business you are in. For doing so, constant reinvention of your businesses is necessary. One crucial way you can accomplish this is by thinking like an entrepreneur. The task of developing an entrepreneurial mindset is to alter your existing perspective. It does not matter how many years you have been running your business. You are beginning fresh today. Thinking like a true entrepreneur also means the process of diagnosing symptoms and issues to detect the root causes of a problem, pondering on options available which could be the potential solutions, developing viable alternatives and choices, and clarifying data which you gave so that you have what you need.

"An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down"

Reid Hoffman

Check out some of the key areas you can concentrate on to build your entrepreneurial mindset.

Shape up the experience of your life

Thinking like an entrepreneur also means where you put the responsibility and accountability for your experiences. However, it is true that no one can give 100 percent control over their experiences. On the other hand, it is also true that it cannot be controlled to some extent. A successful entrepreneur is one who is engaged in the experience of his or her life and reach to transform it even daily if needed. A common trait among the successful entrepreneurs is to rake out time for analyzing their lives and have a close look at their life's purposes and visions. These are the people who make it a point to create clear mental images, which will serve as a guiding light oxn their life's journey. While many people try to budge from the issue, they place their business goals and visions on paper. Thereafter, they proceed towards implementing their plans.

The takeaway is when people are serious about working themselves, there is a greater belief and a deeper understanding of their own selves. It is a mindset that enables a person to become an expert in a particular field. When a person does value or understands himself/herself, even others cannot do that. Moreover, when a person values himself or herself, they are bound to value and understand others too. Do not indulge into a blame game in what the others should have or could have done. Learn to treat the life's trials as boons to learn from. Last, but not the least, always try to be in control of your journey.

Strategic thinking is important

A successful entrepreneur is an excellent strategist and also knows how to make the others feel excited about how to grow their businesses. He or she is aware of how to rake the leverage from each available opportunity so that new prospects can be brought in and transform them into their clients. This would involve cautious planning and make intelligent strategies. The next step would be to measure actual results versus the desired expectations and then do re-adjustments if necessary. It also signifies taking risks from time to time and get valuable lessons from failures, if any, as some ideas may fail.

Actions in sync with the vision

There is no assurance that even the best of entrepreneurs will succeed in all their endeavors. Irrespective of the best steps taken, there could be obstacles on the way. But successful entrepreneurs know how to minimize these obstacles by having innovative ideas and setting up goals and action plans to achieve their vision. They have the drive and the personality to not give up and always strive for the best.

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win”
Vince Lombardi

Dean Kosage is widely respected not only because of his great entrepreneurship skills and being an author and also for his lectures and valuable works in the field of developing the entrepreneurial skills through simple and easy to understand language.

 

Visit the following sites to get acquainted with Dean.

•                Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channelyoutube.com/users/deanleverage

•                Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

•                Dean Kosage on Twitter (@deankosage)

•                Dean Kosage web https://www.deankosage.com

 

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Dean Kosage on Emerging Trends

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Dean Kosage on Emerging Trends

An emerging trend is something that is a new idea that happens to quickly become popular. If you pay attention in life, you can catch at least one of these and be apart of the movement that benefits financially from educating others on the topic. For example, social media was an emerging trend in early 2000’s the individuals who happen to take the time to educate themselves on comprehending it in its infancy are the people who ended up being the seemingly overnight successes in this field.

Anyone that is successful knows that there is no such thing as an "overnight success" and no such thing as luck but more about timing and being ready to move.

Behind every success, there is a path of failures that the successful individual did not allow to become obstacles. On the road of accomplishment, there are many risks involved. Being able to assess and adapt is an essential skill of any successful entrepreneur. Embracing uncertainty is something that international business professional and personal development coach Dean Kosage suggests for anyone who wants to be successful. He says they first step to preparing for success is to stop being "certainty freaks." This need for certainty will block you from being open and in the correct timing for the actions needed to advance.

Dean Kosage began in the direct sales industry but didn't limit his growth to being a top distributor in his company, neither did he stop at being the international lead speaker for his organization. He took these experiences and allowed them to train him to the next level of his business career.

From his international business speaking and training, he transitioned into being a professional motivational speaker. Even after establishing himself as a sought after the success in this industry he continued to push himself to continue to grow, and he went on to found Zooplr Inc., Dean is today a leading contender in the mobile app industry.

Being comfortable being uncomfortable is the true embodiment of giving up on being a "certainty freak."   Dean emphasizes "You got to be excited about walking into the world of the unknown." Just like Babe Ruth said: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” If you are committed to growth, you will always be an early adapter on an emerging trend, and this is the best way to ensure your success.

To Find out more about Dean and his achievements

Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

Dean Kosage on Twitter (@deankosage)

Dean Kosage web https://www.deankosage.com

Dean Kosage’s Zooplr Inc.,

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Dean Kosage on Passive income

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Dean Kosage on Passive income

Many careers may lead to wealth, but few industries offer the option of passive income. It is so unusual most individuals do not even comprehend the term, or they think it is a luxury reserved for the super wealthy who can afford to buy rental properties or have some other investment that will create a monthly income without much effort.

Passive income by definition is the concept of money that and individual continues to get paid for an extensive period, even after they continue to end any substantial work.

The majority of the population in the world dream of working for a period of time with the hope to retire before they get too old to enjoy the fruits of their labor. However, for most people, this remains just that a Dream!

The direct sales industry offers the unique possibility of passive income. Successful entrepreneurs in Network Marketing do a lot of work at the beginning of their careers to establish the prime of the revenue producing systems in their business, but eventually, they reach a point where the passive income stream is activated. At this time they can theoretically stop or reduce working on this income stream, and it would continue to produce without any elaborate daily effort. 

The Direct selling industry is one of the few business options that levels the playing field for the average individual armed with only determination, and a massive work ethic. It doesn't require extensive formal education or an entitled birthright. An Average person can create passive income and essentially have the option to retire early. Mr. Dean Kosage began his professional life in the direct sales industry from his efforts he was able to develop a passive income. This income has allowed him to pursue multiple passions and other businesses today.

Dean attributes his success to the "edge" that this passive income gave him in his life. This income allowed him time to spend raising his daughter, allowed him time to research other interest and industries that he was later able to pursue. There is a lot of freedom that comes with not having to work every day, and this was his vantage point he was able to leverage to create his success.

Dean Kosage says "no matter what business they are currently in if they can just focus and find that edge they can prop themselves into a position of advantage above the average situation." That "edge" is a little moment of momentum, a tool that someone with determination and drive will use to catalyze their success.

What is your edge? Pay attention and find it!

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Dean Kosage - Stepping Into a New Life with Dean Kosage

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Dean Kosage - Stepping Into a New Life with Dean Kosage

“Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Jim Rohn

A large majority of our actions stem from our habits. We develop habits over the course of years, good or bad; they stick with us till we make a conscious effort to change them. Dean Kosage, the successful entrepreneur and founder of Zooplr. choose to leave a toxic life behind and start afresh. He started with changing his name. Our names are our identity. If you want to be another person or change your public image, the first step in reinventing yourself is as simple as a name change.

The Finish Line is as Important as the Start

Most of us get worked up when we don’t get what we want. You can continue to live that way till your final breath, or make a small effort to bring in a change in perspective. Start by making decisions not based on the person you are, but on the person you wish to become. This simple effort develops into a new habit. Every good choice made, takes you a step closer to your goal.

While building on the image of the person you want to become, evaluate your past decisions and actions that got you to this point. Task of reinvention is futile when you end up repeating actions from the past. Consider testing situations and work against your natural instinct of dealing with them.

Decide on the Scale of Change

If you are not ready to go out and change your name, don’t. Take steps which you are comfortable with. Each one’s struggle and capacity for change is different. You shouldn’t end up losing yourself in the bargain of becoming a better person. Dean Kosage, at the core is still the inspirational, focus driven businessman as he was when he was with Amway. 

Set Goals

Setting goals helps you stay on track. Research suggests that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. The habit might be broken, but the drive to repeat it may still remain. Consider a smoker and his efforts of kicking the butt. He may be successful but there will always be the craving of taking a single puff of nicotine. His decision to say No is what makes all the difference here.

Goals must be smart and well thought out. They have to be precise and take into consideration the milestones you wish to reach 6months to 5 years from the day you decide to make the change. Define the bigger goals first and the smaller ones will fit in with ease. Also, club physical fitness goals with mental aspirations. When you begin to feel the control over your physical body, getting your head around change in habit becomes easier.

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it dailyZig Ziglar

Connect With Dean Kosage

·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

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Finding the Balance Between Being a Single Parent and a Successful Entrepreneur with Dean Kosage

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Finding the Balance Between Being a Single Parent and a Successful Entrepreneur with Dean Kosage

One mantra to be a successful entrepreneur and a parent: make and follow a comprehensive plan. Juggling family responsibilities and work is challenging.There are times when you wish there were more hours to the day.

“The best way to raise positive children in a negative world is to have positive parents who love them unconditionally and serve as excellent role models” Zig Ziglar

Power of Delegation

Successful leaders are master of delegating tasks. Take for example Dean Kosage: owner of Zooplr Inc., who grows from strength to strength with every passing year.  A single pair of hands cannot get everything done. An important role of an entrepreneur is to lead their team to success. There are many tips and hacks that are highly useful in segregating work for family and work

 

●      Provide guidelines and instructions:  Only when the concept of the task is clear in your head can you explain it to your team. When the guidelines are firm, the staff has a better understanding of what is expected from them. There is lesser room for error. By doing so, the output always remains standardized and as expected. Deadlines must be made as clear as possible.

 

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”Jim Rohn

 

●      Practice HVAs: Each individual handles task according to their latent strengths and weaknesses. It is the duty of the entrepreneur to identify the forte of each staff member. This helps in the creation of a list of weakness and strength. Also, it simplifies the task of work delegation. Output of the task is also enhanced because the member in-charge is experienced or has the required skill for completion of the same, explains Dean Kosage.

●      Trust: As an entrepreneur, you may face situations when you complete a task owing to the fear of delegating information which you feel is sensitive. A good team is built not by skill but by trust. You can start small by handing out small tasks and increase the load as you start to gain trust.

●      Make a routine and follow it: Don’t give yourself too much spare time. Chart out a routine which leaves you with as little time as possible. Work does not get done at leisure, but at an exhaustive pace. Plans created must be structured to fit a day’s work. Ideally, you must have a long term plan, short monthly goals and daily deadlines. If work meetings are important, family gathering or your child’s recital, demands the same attention. Mark all important events in a calendar. Always have a backup plan in case of emergency. Split each working day into productive hours. Take frequent small breaks, refresh and get back to work.

●      De-stress: proven antidote to stress is humor. Don’t take yourself seriously; always find time for personal entertainment. This could be as simple as looking at funny videos online or more elaborately planned adventures like getting away and partisipate in a hobby you love. For Dean Kosage one of his personal favorite de-stressing activities is surfing.

 

Be spontaneous, drop the inhibitions and go out and conquer the world!

 

Connect With Dean

·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

 

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Dean Kosage: "Now" Is The Only Time You Have In Your Hands

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Dean Kosage: "Now" Is The Only Time You Have In Your Hands

Businesses run on important decisions and often decisions are made by weighing the options that are good for the future. However, the present should not be ignored because it is the only time that is in your hands. The past is gone and future is yet to come. The present has the potential to become both the past as well as the future and it is the present that should be taken seriously. Remember what Jim Rohn once said – “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time.” In the race for more money, we forget that we’re losing out on more time. If the present is gone, it won’t come back. Ever! So, to be successful in your business ventures, remember to invest in time rather than money.

Dean Kosage is someone who considers time to be a precious commodity. Dean created several companies that utilized gamification. These companies such as Zooplr Inc., were designed to helps individuals attain success in their personal lives. Dean made this his mission because as a motivational speaker and entrepreneur his bottom line was to help people rule their present moments. Gamification focuses and rewards individuals on completing tasks. This concept developed into a mobile app gave him a practical technology to role out a complex methodology that would prove to reach and benefit millions.

For someone like Dean, time holds a special significance in his life. He believes that in an individual’s life, there will be good times and then there will be bad times. It is during those bad times that a person's true nature will come out. If, as a leader, you can hold your ground and face it, you will come out as a winner.

Time waits for none and no matter how big a leader you might be, you will still have to abide by the same rules. Procrastination is often a problem with young leaders. They get to consumed with the thinking part that they forget to take action. Sometimes in businesses an action is required before the thinking process is complete. End of the day no-one can ever be 100% sure that a technique will work unless it is put to the test.

“Now” is the only time that you have in your hands and to make the most of it you must act. If you’re afraid of the risks involved, then remember Zig Ziglar’s quote “Now's the best time you'll ever have in life to get ahead!”. Even the world’s biggest leaders have taken risk whenever it has been required to do so. Dean Kosage did not make a name for himself by sitting at one place. He took action at the right time and his success is proof of why “now” is so important. If you read his life rule’s, you will realize the risks he has taken to reach where he is now.

For more information visit deankosage.info.

 

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·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

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Dean Kosage: Don't Be the Sheep or the Shepherd. Be the Lion

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Dean Kosage: Don't Be the Sheep or the Shepherd. Be the Lion

You will often come across people referring to the world as a jungle. While it’s not entirely true, it’s not entirely false either. However, if that is the case, then you should decide your role in this so-called “jungle”. When it comes to entrepreneurship, you must command respect. . In this jungle, there’s only one animal that does that more than anyone else – the lion. As Jim Rohn puts it, “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average”. To become the king, you need to overcome obstacles, failures, endure hardship, and rise above the rest.

The brainchild behind Zooplr Inc., Dean Kosage, has been a motivational speaker and author for some time now. His bestselling book ‘Defining Moments of Courage’ describes what it takes to have courage in the times when it is needed the most. It’s inspiring to hear success stories like Dean’s who has built a successful business empire from a series of business ventures. And he has done it like a lion, roaringhis way into the business front and established companies, written books and talked about motivation. Have a look at his YouTube videos and it’s guaranteed that you will be in awe of his powerful speeches and humble attitude. It is his words and the way he talks that makes him a lion.

Jim Rohn once said that “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly”. It is not easy being a leader and it requires lots of courage and determination. Many have leadership qualities but only a few become leaders and even few who become great leaders. A lion is a creature that knows how to handle his domain with class and attitude. Both are equally important in a quality leader. Dean Kosage rules his businesses in the same way and he knows how to handle the toughest of situations.

A leader is more than just about leading a pack. It is also about having control and commanding respect through performance and hard work. Like Dean Kosage did, holding your head high and facing adverse conditions in the eye determines character and only the best characters can become great leaders. In the world of sheep controlled by shepherds, be the lion who is feared and respected by all. However, instead of fear, inspire people and motivate them to do great things in life. A lion is a proud animal but he is not arrogant. He knows that there are stronger opponents out there and it is his awareness and knowledge that makes him the king of the jungle. Be the lion in your business and you will receive the respect you deserve.

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Connect With Dean

·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

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Dean Kosage: Failure Should Motivate, Inspire and Transform You

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Dean Kosage: Failure Should Motivate, Inspire and Transform You

There are many things in life which can motivate and transform you. However, the best of the lot is failure. Failure is one thing which can make you or break you, but it will surely test your character and those that survive the pitfalls end up becoming an inspiration for others. There are more than a few examples which can be talked about and most of them are very inspirational. However, here we will talk about a man who has taken failure and turned it into something beautiful.

Dean Kosage, founder of Zooplr Inc., is a self-made man who has faced failures since childhood. After going through a childhood riddled with hardship, Dean found himself on the receiving end of a bad divorce. A marriage which did not last very long had a tremendous impact on Dean’s life. He was left with a child and he knew it was going to be tough living the life as a single parent. One of the world’s best salesman in the world, Zig Ziglar has said that “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.” This is probably the lesson which Dean took to his heart. He could have quit and allowed failure to take over his life but he didn’t. Instead he turned it around by becoming a big entrepreneur and the author of several motivational books.You can go through his Facebook, Twitter and YouTube videos to realize how inspiring his words are. Today, he is an inspiration for all and the way he transformed his life through failure, you should do it too.

The thing about failure is that it will make you realize your weaknesses. In every sphere of life, playing according to the strength’s is important but it is more important to know one’s weakness. As a leader, you will be put to the test and you cannot risk exposing your weakness to the world. Instead, learn from it and use it to become better.

Also, another important thing about failure which Jim Rohne rightly puts is that “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day”. Correcting those small judgements which play a huge role in the overall picture, can result in major changes in your life. Often, failure is followed by demotivation which can lead to more failure. Remember that you are the leader and you should be in control of your life no matter what. Like Dean Kosage and his willpower to turn things around, your life should be the same too.

Failure will pull you down and demotivate you but remember that the night is often the darkest before sunrise. After every failure, there is success and that should be your goal. Dean Kosage has turned his life from a bad childhood and a failed marriage to something grand because he learned from his mistakes. You have the power to change things and that power is in your hands. So, don’t let failure take the best out of you. Instead, make the best from those failures.

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Connect With Dean

·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

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 Dean Kosage, Building Life as a Single Parent

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Dean Kosage, Building Life as a Single Parent

No one prepares you for parenthood or warns you about the frequent bouts of self-doubt that creep in. Having a partner to share the responsibility makes the task seem manageable, but when you are given the sole responsibility of raising a child, building your life back is difficult. Dean Kosage, the CEO of Zooplr Inc. knows what it takes to lay the foundation as a single parent.

 

Challenge yourself to become a unique masterpiece If you can dream it, you can make it.” ~ Dean Kosage

 

Set goals and think of it in terms of what you’re familiar with and tackle the problem accordingly.

 

Set Up a Support Team

Dean Kosage, the brain behind connective app Zooplr, understands the importance of setting up a support team. Even batman needs a robin, so will you. It will get overwhelming, but most of times there is a lot of good sprinkled among the despair.

 

Build a Family Routine

A child’s age does matter, although it may be hard to bring in rules and expecting your teen to follow them, creating a family routine has many benefits. Talking to your children is important. You need to communicate with them, not talk at them.

 

"If you talk to your children, you can help them to keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams." Jim Rohn

 

Reshaping Priorities

Everything will need some adjusting, starting from your daily routine to what seems to be healthy dinner choices. Being a single parent makes it harder because now instead of sharing responsibilities, you are burdened with it alone. Being realistic is what comes to your rescue now. The best advice for a single parent is to set their expectations low. This allows you to take a well-deserved break every now and then. Setting realistic expectations also drives out the need to overcompensate. Parents need to understand that during a separation they are facing the raw deal, first hand.

 

Setting Goals For Yourself

 

"What we demand from our children, we must demand of ourselves. There must be a standard by which we live - and, as parents, we must set it and live it."Jim Rohn

 

Children see, children learn. Parents have a sacred responsibility of setting the right example for their children. Setting goals may seem impossible while you’re in the middle of a separation, but only these will get you through the coming months. On completing every milestone, pamper yourself. Milestones can be as simple as reading before bed or looking for better opportunities in another state.

 

Let Go of the Past

If you keep looking back, you will never know where you’re going. If Dean Kosage hadn’t let go of his past, he wouldn’t grow to be the successful entrepreneur that he is today. His global fame makes him the most sought out motivation speaker. Watch the video here to see the reaction his entry onto the stage stirs. 

 

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·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

·      Dean Kossage on Twitter (@deankosage)

·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

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Dean Kosage: Creating a Global Movement with Dean Kosage

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Dean Kosage: Creating a Global Movement with Dean Kosage

 Who better than Dean Kosage to talk about how to create a global movement? The owner of five companies and the author of award winning books, Dean is a true global phenomenon.

 

All It Takes Is an Idea

It may sound elementary, but every great revolution starts with a small idea. Consider Zooplr.inc. The intention of the app is simple; it makes great ideas available for those who seek it. If the idea doesn’t connect with you, don’t go ahead. To learn more on how to connect with anyone click here.

 

“If people like you, they'll listen to you, but if they trust you, they'll do business with you” Zig Ziglar

 

Erase the Labels

If you are not a trained musician but want to convey a message by composing a tune, don’t let the lack of a formal education stop you. Never let the question ‘Am I trained to do this?’ take root. Carve a path and walk through. This is the only way forward.

 

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”Zig Ziglar

 

Success Tastes Sweet Only After Bitter Failure

Be mentally prepared to hear ‘No’ before you meet acceptance. Aim for rejection, it is not negative if something substantial comes out of it. Dean Kosage himself had to endure failed attempts before he got to the summit. When you stop worrying about rejection, you put in your best effort.

 

“You present failure is a temporary condition.” Jim Rohn

 

Don’t Lose Focus on the Project’s Integrity

It is easier to fall off the wagon than getting on to it. Most people who come up with brilliant ideas after tasking initial success, lose focus on their goals and get off track. Persistence is the key. Have a small team in place whose responsibility is to assess the course of the project. Anytime they feel that the trajectory is misaligned, corrective steps can be implemented without losing time.

 

There Should Always Be a Scale For Measurement

Every action and idea must be scalable. When you find yourself thinking of the next big idea, ask yourself “Will this be applicable to 500 people?” If the answer is no, alter the plan. If yes, improve it to fit a larger perspective.

 

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. Tony Robbins

 

Keep It Simple

An idea is great only when it is simplified. The more complicated it gets, the lesser acceptance it will receive. People tend to follow only those ideas which they can understand. Breaking down the idea into a simple concept also makes building an emotional connection easier.

 

During the inception of the idea it is pivotal to keep it centered on a core value. This core will decide if the project will go global or lose momentum on track.

 

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·      Dean Kosage on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deankosage)

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·      Dean Kosage’s YouTube Channel (great inspiring videos!) youtube.com/users/deanleverage

 

 

 

 

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Dean Kosage, Life Under the Radar

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Dean Kosage, Life Under the Radar

The Unmistakable Creative is a podcast that focuses on interviewing unique individuals and leaders in their industries, profiling all types of professionals, from graffiti artists and entrepreneurs, to authors and artists. Recently, Chief Creative Investigator and Host Srini Rao interviewed entrepreneur and tech expert Dean Kosage. The interview looked primarily at Kosage’s early life and how growing up in an alternative lifestyle was the motivation he needed to pursue his entrepreneurial career.

If you were to look at Dean Kosage videos on YouTube, you would consider him a normal, albeit highly successful entrepreneur. He found early success through direct sales and marketing before becoming a professional life coach and branching out into the tech industry. His childhood was far from conventional or linear however. He grew up on boats off the coast of Florida and was raised by his single mother whose means of generating income was sometimes dubious. Dean says this alternative childhood was a huge motivating force behind him wanting to become a professional businessman later on in life: “When you are a product of your environment, you are driven one of two ways, you become it or you completely rebel against it”. Speaking about his mother’s means of supporting them during his formative years, he says: “those things can either trap you and you become a victim, or they inspire you to move on.” Needless to say, for Kosage, his somewhat uprooted upbringing proved to be an inspiration for moving onwards and upwards in life.

Dean also relates the story of one day meeting some young successful businessmen; the inspiration he received from them, and then sharing this encounter with his friends at the time. Rather than being supportive of his newfound motivation to pursue an ambitious career, his friends laughed at how seriously he took it. It was at this moment that Dean realized that the people he was surrounding himself with were not heading in the same direction in life. “They weren’t bad people” he said, comparing their paths to a bus heading to Canada, “I just realized I didn't want to go to Canada and that I needed to get on a different bus.”

The secret to Dean Kosage’s success was changing his environment, people included. He soon realized that by shaping his company and surroundings, he was positively affecting the course of his future success.

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Dean Kosage: The Importance of Finding a Great Mentor, with Dean Kosage

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Dean Kosage: The Importance of Finding a Great Mentor, with Dean Kosage

Everyone has the potential to make something worthy of their lives. While the definition of success varies from person to person, having the support of a mentor helps greatly in defining and tailoring one’s goals to become more attainable, whether they be personal or professional. Finding a trustworthy, experienced, and successful mentor can be easier said than done however. Many of us turn to an authority figure earlier in life, such as a parent, family friend, or teacher.

And yet, it is just as important to cultivate a strong sense of inner authority, which allows one to discern from different pieces of advice and ultimately follow one’s own conviction. The right mentor does not want a dependent; leading the mentee step by step but instead wants to help lay out the right path. Dean Kosage is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker who cites being mentored through college as a contributing factor to his success. Despite an unusual and somewhat unsettled upbringing living on boats off the coast of Florida, his adulthood has gone in the opposite direction. He has grown to become a renowned individual, receiving recognition for juggling his successful professional endeavours in conjunction with his personal life as a single father. For Dean Kosage, the true measure of success is helping others achieve their goals, and he has now helped thousands of other budding entrepreneurs learn about business from a young age.

Having contributed his professional advice to the bestseller Defining Moments of Courage and his personal experiences as a single father to the book If I Were Your Daddy, Kosage is proof that mentorship does not exist solely in the professional sphere. A mentor is someone who instils confidence; someone who listens and encourages growth. Becoming a parent, especially a single parent, is no easy feat and especially  without the trusted guidance of a person who has done it before. While many are triumphantly independent, sometimes the small act of reaching out for advice can go a long way.

For Dean Kosage, making his mark in the tech industry has been his most recent success but he cites helping others in providing mentorship as one of the most rewarding of his responsibilities.

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Dean Kosage, Street Savviness versus Academia

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Dean Kosage, Street Savviness versus Academia

It has long been believed that there are two types of intelligence; that gained from experience and the other from studying. While most people cumulatively acquire knowledge from both sides of the spectrum, being ‘street smart’ often does not come so easily to those who are more academically inclined, and vice versa. While achieving good grades and strong qualifications will certainly be valuable for one’s professional life, it is just as important to cultivate social skills. These are indispensable for learning how to get along with co-workers, adapting to new situations, making friends and  romantic partners.

Forbes recently released research proving that although a person could certainly earn money from being book smart, people who earned higher salaries and who did better as business owners were also very in tune with understanding people. Highly regarded businessman Dean Kosage, official profile on AngelList, had an unusual and somewhat unsettled upbringing, living on boats off the coast of Florida. He cites his childhood as being not too dissimilar to the kind of life that was depicted in the hit show Miami Vice, but has worked his way up the corporate ladder to become a successful businessman, motivational speaker and single father, receiving awards for his endeavours along the way. It is his belief that his unique upbringing allowed him to develop a shrewd, streetwise perception of society that gave him the drive to reach his goals, despite encountering setbacks.

This estimation clearly brings out creative thinking also. Dean Kosage has always sought to provide unique products and services to his clients, and has actually patented an innovative dynamic directory and content communication system. The type of people who are able to think outside the box and profit from intelligence acquired by experience are the ones who are able to better think on their feet. In business, this can be vital in terms of securing deals, handling clients, and recognizing how to perform in certain social situations. These people are usually also self-made; not having had a family to support their endeavours.

Dean Kosage believes that we are all products of our own environment. People can either become victims of their experiences, or they can utilize them as catalysts to effect positive change. That is what being street smart entails, and what helps people get ahead in life. Look up Dean Kosage - Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress for further inspiration.

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Dean Kosage, Using Others’ Inspiration to Motivate Yourself

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Dean Kosage, Using Others’ Inspiration to Motivate Yourself

Self-help books have long been a go-to for people seeking guidance and motivation to improve themselves and reach their goals. This is logical, as many find it difficult to effect change without inspiration from others. And although shelves are loaded with different manuals on how to better ourselves, there is often little proof that they will actually help us achieve the desired result. A far better option is to look to people who have been in our shoes, and carried through with success. Reading about the paths they took, how they achieved their goals and how this can be applied to your own situation is highly effective.

Luckily, some of those who have found success in their personal or professional lives have shared their knowledge and experiences with others. As a successful businessman, single father, and motivational speaker, for Dean Kosage, the true measure of success is helping others achieve their goals. After achieving career prestige at an early age, he then focused his efforts on passing on his experiences to others, helping them get out of what he calls “survival mode” and into “success mode”. His alternative upbringing has afforded him a unique ability to read people, and appreciate different perspectives on life.

Dean Kosage is also a contributor to the bestselling book, Defining Moments of Courage, a collection of stories from a range of individuals who have achieved success in their lives. This compilation showcases the various paths and possibilities open to people who want to expand their horizons and shoot for higher goals in life. Books like these, together with concepts such as Chicken Soup books, are appealing in that they offer real life examples of inspirational people who have achieved seemingly attainable targets.

Among all these stories there is proof that the right mindset has to come from within. While self help books may help, as their name entails, they will not work as effectively as learning by doing, and from what others have tried and succeeded in before. For Dean Kosage, making his mark in the tech industry was an outstanding achievement, but he has also been commended as a single father and motivational speaker by Cambridge Who’s Who, making him an exemplary figure to other working single parents, entrepreneurs and businessmen.

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Overcoming Hard Times with Dean Kosage

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Overcoming Hard Times with Dean Kosage

While most people endure hard times at some point in their life, those who have been able to overcome difficulties are the one’s who have learned and come out stronger from it. Learning from tough times means employing the experience as a force for good in the world. The media continuously showcases the lives of celebrities, athletes, and other high powered individuals who have built a name for themselves coming from nothing; people who have turned their disadvantages into motivators and eventually become successful.

Dean Kosage, a renowned motivational speaker and all-round professional calls this getting out of survival mode and entering success mode. It is not something exclusive to the elite and famous; it applies to everyone. Using Dean Kosage, unstoppable success even in the face of adversity as an example, prosperity presents itself as more attainable. While Dean was recently commended by Cambridge Who’s Who for his dedication and excellence in the field of motivational speaking, his trajectory to success wasn’t all smooth sailing. After an impulsive marriage that ended with early divorce, he became a single parent but continued to work hard and still make a name for himself at the company he was based with.

Instead of dwelling on past issues, it is important to break out of negativity and use hard times as a motivator. Ambition and determination are essential in the drive toward that success, and it is important for people to set themselves goals in order to overcome the challenges that life will throw at them. For many though, a feeling of being stuck pervades, and without an inspirational success story to follow, it is easy to succumb to the downward spiral.

For Dean Kosage, creating a vision and making decisions is the first step towards making change in a positive direction. By cultivating strong inner strength, people can embrace hard times and come out successful. In leading by example, Dean has helped motivate thousands to make positive changes in their lives.

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Finding Motivation with Dean Kosage

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Finding Motivation with Dean Kosage

The way that people are motivated can differ greatly from person to person. What can serve as a strong motivation at one point in a someone’s life is subject to change as they grow older. Experiences change them.

In psychological terms, motivation is the drive behind every one of our decisions and behaviors. There are also two different types of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is when things are done in order to gain rewards or avoid punishment. Intrinsic motivation is when behavior arises from enjoyment in the task itself, from which satisfaction is gained. Both of these types of motivation can stem from negative experiences.

As a successful motivational speaker, Dean Kosage has helped people understand what motivates them. So many of us are caught up in the daily grind that we fail to take a moment to realize we are receiving little satisfaction from our life’s course. Both extrinsic and intrinsic motivation needs to be applied in order to remove oneself out of this mere survival way of thinking and start enjoying life. Dean Kosage’s Lifestream Blog goes into further details, but his objective is to motivate others by taking control over their lives and bring about positive change by entering into what he calls ‘success mode’. He has been commended by Cambridge Who’s Who for Excellence in Motivational Speaking, and for otherwise helping people find their path to success.

Success can be defined in a variety of ways, and means something different to each individual. This aside, it is safe to say that many have trouble swinging back from setbacks in life. Personal debt is high, as is divorce, with the debilitating effect both these have on personal and professional success in the long term. Drive and perseverance is necessary in order to generate personal growth and extract oneself out of any slump.

People are becoming increasingly aware of their self worth and the possibilities out there for anyone who wishes to break free from routine and find a deeper meaning in their endeavors. Dean Kosage, channeling creativity through business, has cultivated a fanbase of thousands from around the world who look to him as a source of inspiration.

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