Law of Success: The Untold Secrets

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Happiness Before Success

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Many of us chase Success in order to become happy and fulfilled. The formula that was taught by schools, parents, the company we work for, or society says ‘If you work hard, you will be successful and then you will be happy.’ Almost two decades of research indicates this isn’t true.

Putting on a happy face is not what we are talking about here. Happiness is “learning how to cultivate the mindset and behaviors that have been proven to fuel greater success and fulfillment. It is a work ethic.” (Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage) Imagine! Happiness being a work ethic!

Not only does being happy improve relationships, performance, your health, and enables you to live longer, but it causes success and achievement. You’ve heard of the flight or fight response. Positive Psychology research has found that happiness has an evolutionary contribution that is called “Broaden and Build” (instead of shrink, freeze or flee). When our mindset or mood is positive we are more motivated, more creative, smarter, and more successful.

Negative emotions narrow our options and actions. Positive emotions opens us up to possibilities, allows us to think more creatively, become more motivated, and open to new ideas. “They help us build more intellectual, social, and physical resources we can rely on in the future (Achor).” Not only can we think better, we can also see more!!!!! We can physically see more, process more visual stimulation, and actually expand our peripheral vision when we have a positive mindset, or a burst of positive emotion. This is powerful data! I’ve been saying on this blog that scarcity consciousness contracts and optimism and thriving helps us expand. Now data shows that it actually does exactly that.

A couple of examples. Students who were told to think of the happiest days of their lives just before an exam out performed those people who didn’t think positive thoughts. A study using experienced doctors looking at descriptions of symptoms were able to get to an accurate diagnosis twice as fast as the control group. The thing that made them happy? They were given a piece of candy for no reason (but did not eat it) just before starting their analysis.

Guess what else it does? Positive emotions help undo stress and anxiety! This allows us to improve our focus, and function at a higher ability. If you are needing to perform for example on a presentation thinking of successful times that you have already presented, or imagining your presentation going well, or watching a video that uplifts you or gives you a smile, will allow you to make a better presentation.

When we give ourselves quick positive boosts, we can function better in the moment. When we do this over time, we raise our baseline of happiness. What we want to do is develop a list of activities, thoughts that can give us a quick boost, or remember times that makes us smile. A short humorous video clip, listening to a favorite song, petting your dog, having a quick conversation with a friend, cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, are things you might do to lift your spirits and give yourself an enormous boost in performance.

Shawn Achor gives a list of suggested things to do which give us a quick boost of positive emotions which can help us change and lift our mindset. Over time, if we do this, we raise our happiness set point.

  1. Meditate
  2. Find Something to Look forward to. (Put something on your calendar that you can have the pleasure of anticipating.
  3. Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness (giving to friends and or strangers decreases stress and raises your mood)
  4. Put things in your surroundings that bring you pleasure – like pictures of family near your computer at work.
  5. Spending time outside improves your mood, improves working memory, and broadens your thinking.
  6. Perhaps watching less TV, especially violent media. Psychologists have found that people who watch less TV are more accurate judges of risks and rewards, because they are less likely to see sensationalized or one-sided sources of information.
  7. Exercise. One study show that 3 groups of depressed people were studied. One was given antidepressants, and the second group was asked to exercise 45 minutes 3 times a week, and the third was a combination of both. All 3 groups showed similar improvements after 4 months. After 6 months, of the medication alone group, 38% had relapsed back into depression. The exercise only group only had a relapse factor of 9%. Exercise any way you want, because it gives you a long lasting effect.
  8. Go to activities like concerts, group dinners out or spend money on someone else.
  9. Exercise a Signature Strength. We are all good at a number of things. Whenever we do the things that we are good at, we experience a boost of positivity. You can take a survey at www.viasurvey.org to find out what your top five strengths are. The 24 character strengths that are assessed are the ones most contributing to human flourishing.
  10. While Achor did not list this, two posts ago, I listed writing into your book of positive aspects as something to do at the beginning of each day. Today, I am amending that to make a list of recent things that have made your smile or feel really good. And keep adding to it, because when you are not happy, you will not remember these things.

My friend Nisha told me today that our brains are wired to loop again and again with a playlist of how to stay safe (from our survival training of watch out for bears, lions, and tigers, or falling off cliffs). Smiles, and positive thoughts don’t make that playlist. That is why we have to consciously choose to reach for better feeling thoughts and experiences. I am hunching that this is what Dr. Achor meant when he suggest happiness is a work ethic.

So I was feeling down when I started reading The Happiness Advantage, and was so refreshed to read about the research that shows how remarkably reaching for a better feeling thought, a better feeling experience helps us to be successful in our lives, in our relationships, in our work, in our performance, in our earning ability. Being conscious about where we are emotionally pays great dividends.

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Alignment with True Self

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Focusing on aligning my state of being with my deepest truest self has been most important to me these last two weeks.  One of the ways I do that is to listen to an inspirational uplifting message.   Today I was listening to a You Tube audio called Rampage in the Receptive Mode, published by Heaven on Earth.

I wrote down word for word what this spiritual guide suggested.

“If we were standing in your physical shoes, we would do these things every day.”  My intent was to bring into vibrational alignment my personal self and my truest self so that I would be in a state of being that is conducive to creating.  I have a category on this blog called State.  This is the description of that category.

Your state, state of mind, state of being, state of awareness, state of consciousness, is the single most important aspect to your success. If there is conflict in your state, your success is hindered. If you are aligned personal self and Source Self, you are unstoppable.”

Abraham went on to describe in the video I was watching the 4 steps they thought we physical humans would most benefit from, and I said “Aha”  I know these steps.  Am I doing them?

1. “We would meditate for 15 minutes every day.” Quietening the mind allows us to relax into the flow of being where we are aligned with the best and highest in ourselves.

2. “We would go outside no matter what the weather and we’d move around in it in an appreciation of this planet. We would look up and around and we would find things to acknowledge, and we would talk to them out loud.”

3. “We would create a notebook. We would call it my book of positive aspects. We would fill at least three, four, five is even better, pages of positives on five different subjects.  . . This is training your vibration into an upward place.”

4. “We would look upward and outward.  It would be best if you are standing outside or standing next to a window.  We would acknowledge that there are universal forces that are focused right at you.”  Abraham suggested that we call it by the name we  are comfortable.

What is your language for “God?”  I use such words as The Divine, Creator, Source, Universe, The Source that creates worlds.  But when I  am more contracted and smaller, I use the language that I learned in my church, which was God, or Jesus.  Abraham goes on to say something like the following.

Creative Source, “I acknowedge that I am the object of your positive attention and I am appreciating your continual gaze on behalf of my well-being. .. Today no matter where I am, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing and no matter who I am doing it with, I will be in conscious awareness that you too are there with me. “

Source, ” you are appreciating me

supporting me

assisting me

acknowledging me

inspiring me

guiding me

having fun with me

acknowledging me

supporting me

assisting me

inspiring me

helping me

guiding me

aware of me

loving me

showing me

inspiring me

guiding me

 uplifting me

showing me. . . . .”

Abraham suggests that we set up a continual loop of acknowledgement that might look like the above and suggests that we watch because as soon as even today, our life will begin to change.

Meditation is powerful.  I have written at least nine posts about Meditation.  There are many ways to meditate.  I’m writing a book about it and yet, I keep forgetting how important it is. I start the practice, and then get diverted by a health or emotional crisis, and then my ego kicks in and says, “it is hard to surrender to a higher power because I don’t want to lose my free will.”  What gobbledygook!

Going outside is so important.  In my blog entry  “Receptively Tuning In “I write about a meditative practice that I do sitting outside.  I can feel my whole being begin to soften, get into flow, become more alive as I walk out in nature, or sit out on my balcony and commune with the outside world.

Training ourselves to raise our vibration by writing about Positive Aspects is a powerful, powerful idea.  I usually journal and then write to my own inner guidance, but the idea of writing about the positive aspects of five different subjects is something I want to try.  In “Positivity, A Secret to Success” I wrote “Dr Fredrickson research indicates that we need a ratio of 3:1 positive feelings and experiences to thrive and flourish; to be the best version of you.”   I wrote in  “Strengths and Success”  “Everyone needs at least five positive interactions for every negative interaction. That is the magic ratio” which is suggested by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton in their book “How Full is Your Bucket.  I am looking forward to practicing this idea  by starting a positive aspects book.

I love the idea of acknowledging to Source that we know that it has us in its gaze, and doing the loop of acknowledgement.  Sounds very much like Prayer to me.  How very powerful. In “Vibration, the Law of Attraction and the Law of Success” I describe how Napoleon Hill, and Wallace Wattles both write about the secret of creating success and much of it was edited out of their work.  When we align our vibratory frequency with the greater reality of the intelligence of the Living God within ourselves, our best, truest self; we are unstoppable.  We can create anything that we can think of.

Let’s try these four ways of upping our frequency, getting into receptive mode, so that we can begin to manifest all the things that we have put into our vibrational escrow (which Abraham calls the Vortex).  Abraham says that what we have created is waiting for us to align with it, in order for them to show up physically in our lives.  I know its time.

 

 

 

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What Change Are You Truly Hungry For?

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A dear friend got very intrigued about opening a frozen yogurt shop in her small town. She did the research, got her husband on board, looked for locations, and choked just before she made the complete investment in this new business, and turned to her tried and true connection, her animal friends. Her husband dreams of being a semi-truck driver because he wants the freedom from supporting the family financially. He wants to get on the road and travel. Be away from bosses, and work obligations. Neither has reached the point where they are so hungry for happiness and success that they have found a way to change.

Two of my neighbors really want to be svelte and gorgeous. They struggle with their weight and their diet. One neighbor has been in a relationship that has been on again, off again during the whole time I known her. She describes that relationship as both very supportive and very abusive. She too threw herself into the relationship with her wonderful dog, until that dog passed away. Her new dog has challenged her to the max.

My son broke up with his girlfriend in December, and she immediately started dating a male friend with whom she had been dancing in a play. In January, he got laid off by the tech company in which he had invested 60 – 80 hours weeks. He was so tired and discouraged that he needed nine months to recover physically, before he could look for a new job and a new relationship. During that time, he was able to get clear. He wanted to move from the very small town in Vermont, be in a larger place where he would have opportunities to meet new friends and new work opportunities and not see his ex-girlfriends every time he went downtown.

He was exceedingly hungry for change. It came out of the adversity of his life. It made him hungry for happiness. Hungry for a different kind of success.

It took time. He took the time to focus on his food, and lose weight. He began to change his image. Imagine a 30-something male taking time to develop a hairstyle, skin regimens, and go through his wardrobe to really look his best. It was so fun to watch. And grueling for him. There was no guarantee any of it would pay off during his nine-months of not knowing what he would do next.

He now lives in Manhattan, across the street from where he works, on a less trafficked street where there is not as much noise. That’s important because he is a one of those people who has sleep issues. He’s got a job that he got easily. It came out of his hunger for change, and taking inspired actions. His hunger for success that wouldn’t hurt him and his body propelled him into living in a new way, and it has been amazing to watch.

I too am very hungry for change. I got very sick during the last five months. Lost my autonomy. My daughter had to come live with me, drive me everywhere, do grocery shopping, cook for me, do my laundry. And that is hard on our relationship. It scared me deeply. My huge hunger for my autonomy has propelled me to take longer and longer walks to build up my strength, and climb stairs. It has made me hungry to fix my own meals in the morning, which might be gluten free toast and eggs. It has made me hungry to really change my life core deep pattern that I have been carrying.

I was reading my September journal recently, and was blown away to see an entry where I was just so angry with so many things, and my guidance (to whom I was writing) said “well, you may just need to really experience being a victim, to really get this.” What?

My coach who has been working with me to help overcome life-long patterns and beliefs helped me identify that my core life pattern has been based on being a victim to circumstances, especially circumstances that I was born into. Circumstances that create survival and contracting. In January, my coach was asking me a really hard question. “Why are you not being able to drop this victim identification? You have cleaned up so many patterns, what is it that is still stuck?”

Grappling with that question really helped me understand how I got into this current health situation. I am a super-sensitive person. That gives me some wonderful strengths. It also makes me vulnerable to what other people think of me. Because of this I have had some really challenging times doing what is in my own best interests, and instead try to do what is expected of me. Here where I live, and with my pet-sitting clients that became particularly hard in October, when a client wanted to leave her brain-damaged husband in my care. I was able to state my concerns, but she left without getting them resolved. The result was that I needed to intervene with his family and then I got ill as a result. I was supersensitive, tried to be too nice, and didn’t take care of myself. So I created a circumstance where I got to live out once again being a victim to circumstance and learned the huge consequence to my health.

Now; from a much bigger (dragon’s eye view) perspective; I see that I got myself into a situation where I really became hungry enough to burst out of this major life identification, and I chose to get ill so that I could build the hunger deep enough to propel me past the blocks, past the reluctance to change that status quo, past all the gobbledygook that my small self throws out, and past all the resistance that would come up when I tried to change this core life issue.

Simultaneously that Universe gave me the opportunity to understand better how I got into this life-long pattern of being on the Victim, Perpetrator, Rescuer platform, where most of humanity hangs out. And how this Highly Sensitive Person Syndrome (surviving when the world overwhelms you) and my Active Alert Temperament are all related and have set up my body for this autoimmune condition I have been experiencing once again. I wrote a blog entry in 2016 called Resolve where I publicly resolve to change this core pattern and look at these temperament characteristics. That was just as I was beginning work with my coach. Finding that blog entry is another sign. Looking for Signs from the Universe is so important. Thank heavens I can finally have some larger perspective.

Because I was so hungry and driven to be able to answer my coach’s questions, I serendipitously ran across the book “The Deepest Well: Healing The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.” I needed to understand why I was having so much trouble. I like knowing. That birthed my last Post called Success and Acute Childhood Adversity.”

Knowing this research about Acute Childhood Trauma is a huge missing piece about the human condition and about my human and body condition. In the reviews on Amazon, there were a number of people who couldn’t read or listen to the book because the research did not make them hopeful, nor was there a lot of practical guidance about coping. But in the one of the five star reviews, writer and counselor Lucille Zimmerman who has done her own five years of research with this group wrote “Trauma can be the springboard that catapults people into higher and better ways of functioning than before. In spite of the pain and suffering, the trauma actually ends up giving some people an advantage in life.”

It actually can give you the huge hunger to change your life. When you are hungry to change, you can go past the barriers of self-doubt, and old ways of seeing and believing. It can give you the huge motivation to go beyond your deepest resistance.

It took me three years to get hungry enough to change my diet in a major way. I dropped sugar and alcohol, and other inflammation producing foods like dairy. And it has been pretty easy to stay on that plan, because the hunger for health and wellness was way bigger than the value of what I would get by having a piece of strawberry shortcake.

What is it that you are really hungry for? Hunger gives you a Burning Desire. Hunger gives you a Burning Goal. Your own largest self is calling you. It’s telling you what you are ready to do next. Looking for success for most of us is really looking for ways to be happy, and ways to step into our strengths and our best and largest ways of contributing. I am here to tell you that your own guidance and intuition is always there supporting you to find your way into your larger growth.

Sometimes we can’t hear the message, because our vision of ourselves has shrunk. And that might be a reason to reach out to someone like a coach who can hold the larger vision of you, help you see the bigger picture, and help you translate your hunger into an inspired action plan. We’ll talk about that in an upcoming blog. For today, you can ask the question of yourself, what is it that I am really hungry for?

Am I hungry for hope, am I hungry for the job of my dreams, and am I hungry for connection to deal with this immense loneliness that I feel inside? Am I hungry to have financial success because I am drowning in debt? Am I hungry to have the freedom to live my life the way I want, and it’s hard to be a parent, or have a partner or a family that I am having to support? Am I hungry to be healthy because I have chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart conditions or something that is really debilitating my ability to enjoy my life? Am I hungry to express my creativity through art, painting, singing, sculpture, dancing, pottery, or some other way such as writing?

We are in times of change. Our hunger can tell us the direction of the change we are moving in. It can give us the powerful intention and motivation to change and be a success.

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Success is Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Donna had lost over 100 pounds two years ago but in the past six months she had put weight on again.  Dr. Felitti was concerned. Donna was 53 and had debilitating diabetes.  Here she was right back where she started.  While he was rattling off questions, he misspoke and instead of asking “how old were you when you became sexually active, he asked “How much did you weigh when you first became sexually active?” She answered forty pounds. “It was when I was four years old with my father.”

Why write to you about such a research program on this law of success blog? Because over the years, what I have found is that subconscious beliefs and patterns get in the way of success. Here is documented research that shows almost a causal relationship between childhood abuse and severe health challenges. How might this affect success behaviors? So lets hear more.

Patty had gone from 408 pounds to 132 pounds in fifty-one weeks.  What was so jaw dropping about these two people is that they dropped out of their weight loss program just as they were reaching their ideal weights. Patty had suddenly gained thirty eight pounds.  Her explanation was that she was sleep-eating, waking up to pots and dishes that were dirty that she could not remember utilizing. Why now? was Dr. Felitii question. An older work colleague was hitting on her.  “Patty had a lengthy history of incest at the hands of her grandfather starting when she was ten years old. This was when she had begun to struggle with her weight.” (Page 34).

After 186 patients, Dr. Felitti asked five other colleagues to screen their next hundred weight patients for a history of abuse.  They all turned up the same results; obese patients had some history of abuse.  It was this insight that led to a landmark research study by two physicians Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda called the “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).  It’s purpose was to identify:

  1. The relationship between exposure to abuse and/or household dysfunction in childhood and adult health-risk behavior (alcoholism, smoking, severe obesity), and
  2. The relationship between exposure to abuse and/or household dysfunction in childhood and disease.

Between 1995 and 1997 these two doctors asked 26,000 Kaiser health-plan members in San Francisco to participate where adults were getting comprehensive medical evaluations that contained the information they were looking for.  An astounding 17,421 of these Kaiser health-plan members agreed to participate by completing a questionnaire.

Based on the prevalence of adversities they had seen in the obesity program, the two doctors sorted their definitions of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction into ten specific categories of ACE’s” (adverse childhood experiences(p. 36).  They wanted to know the patient’s level of exposure before the age of 18.

  1. Emotional abuse
  2. Physical abuse
  3. Sexual abuse
  4. Physical neglect
  5. Emotional neglect
  6. Substance abuse in the household (e.g., living with an alcoholic  or a person with a substance-abuse problem)
  7. Mental illness in the household (e.g. living with someone who suffered from depression or mental illness or who had attempted suicide)
  8. Mother treated violently
  9. Divorce or parental separation
  10. Criminal behavior in household (e.g., a household member going to prison.      (p. 37)

Their findings from this huge group of people showed astonishing results.

  • 67% of the their subjects had at least one category of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs, p, 37).
  • 12.6 % had four or more categories of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences). (p. 37)
  • Having an ACE score of two or more doubles someone’s likelihood of developing an auto immune disease. (P. 41)
  • The higher a person’s ACEs (adverse childhood experience) score, the greater the risk to his or health.
    • a) A person with four or more ACEs was twice as likely to develop heart disease and cancer.
    • b) A person with four or more ACEs was three and a half times as likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a person with zero ACEs (adverse childhood experiences)(p. 41)

What was also mind-blowing was who this population was.  It was conducted in solidly middle-class San Diego.  70% of the people answering this questionnaire were Caucasion and 70 % of the group were college educated, and these patients of Kaiser had great health care!  These are not people you would expect to have childhood abuse. (p. 38)

If a person who answered these questions is exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and avoids carefully smoking, drinking, physical inactivity, and obesity he or she can protect themselves from about 50 percent of the health risks. This is one of the most significant statistics of the study. No matter how clean they keep their health habits, they still have a 50 % increased health risk. These people are still much more likely to develop heart or liver disease. (p. 40) If that increase is that significant in heart disease, and diabetes, asthma or auto immune diseases which shows up in the body, imagine what this does to your self esteem, your confidence in yourself, and whether or not you are successful in your life.

Patty died at the age of 42 of pulmonary fibrosis, (an autoimmune disease). She put on weight and would lose it, eventually going through bariatric surgery.  Patty didn’t smoke nor had she been exposed to known toxins like asbestos.

The  author of this astonishing book called The Deepest Well, Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity is Nadine Burke Harris, M. D. This pediatrician was given her dream job of creating a clinic in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point neighborhood areas where there had only been one pediatrician and to address the health disparities of the city. In this neighborhood the leading cause of death was violence. It was primarily an African American neighborhood, and she found that she was constantly trying to understand why her young patients  had asthma, or were in the smallest growth percentile.  But she didn’t find out about ACE’s  until 2008. “Everyday I witnessed tiny patients dealing with overwhelming trauma and stress and as a human being I was brought to my knees. As a doctor I got off those knees and began asking questions.”  She wrote this book.  She believes that ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) are at the root of a public health crisis in America and is also at the root of a public education crisis as well. I have written on this blog about my health challenges, and thought of writing a book called “Wellness, no matter what!”

No matter where you live or what group of people you are a  part of (Black, White, Immigrant, Native American, that there are bears that are populating the woods.  Poverty, Violence, Divorce, Addiction, Parental Illness, Depression are just a few. This leads to toxic stress which hurts body, soul and beliefs in self. How do we heal this toxic stress which she found in her research in her clinic, that led to a higher risk for

  • depression and anxiety
  • asthma
  • autoimmune diseases
  • food allergies
  • cardiac disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • reflux disease
  • chronic bronchitis
  • stomach ulcers
  • learning problems  (ADHD )
  • stress management
  • self regulation

In her Appendix she gives the 10 part question that allows you to figure out your Adverse Childhood Experiences Score.  You can find out yourself what your own Adverse Childhood Score is by going to take the ACE QUIZ yourself at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean.

More needs to be written about this.  But for some of you who have not felt successful, no matter how much you have gone for the American dream, or self initiated, I found Dr. Burke’s book very riveting. This work gives us a glimpse into why we have blocks to success, or may not be able to be the biggest self we wish to be, or why we forget, or why we have challenging relationships, or why we may not be able to mobilize ourselves into taking the steps forward necessary for the laws of success.

 

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Starting a business online can be relatively simple and affordable. These are the typical startup expenses and rough cost estimates.



Mother and Blogger Amber Butcher on Eating Clean and Living Unprocessed  D Magazine

I can't count how many times I've tried to switch up my diet in an attempt to clean up my lifestyle. Every new year's resolution and last-minute quest for a summer ...



Kroger struggling with online grocery  Business Insider

Kroger's had a rough time adapting to grocery's transition to e-commerce, staying focused on in-store sales even as competitors shift online.



This Ethereum Lottery Perfectly Explains How Facebook's Big Corporate Backers Will Profit from Crypto  CoinDesk

To understand how early investors in Facebook's new Libra blockchain will make money over time, it helps to dig into a new lottery going live on ethereum ...



Starting An E-Commerce Store? These Five Industries Are Ripe For Big Profits  Forbes

If you're looking to become an internet entrepreneur, you may be tempted to get into e-commerce. After all, it's easier than ever today with simple website ...



Amazon is paying employees $10,000 and 3 months' salary to quit and start their own business  CNBC

Amazon is incentivizing its own employees to quit their job and join Amazon's Delivery *Service* Partner program where they can start their own package delivery ...



Somalia’s e-commerce start-ups Gullivery, Saami Online thrive  Quartz Africa

The increased ownership of phones besides a very successful mobile money market is helping spur the nascent sector.



Signs Your E-Commerce Idea Won't Work  Business.com

A lot of e-commerce stores are opening these days, but most of them fail because the core idea behind them isn't appealing to their audience.



It's back: Chemical e-commerce tries for an act 2  Chemical & Engineering News

Not that the major chemical companies didn't make a go of it, individually and in partnerships, in the early 2000s. But efforts to launch Amazon-like web catalogs ...



By Start-up for Start-ups: Brex Creates First E-commerce Card  WWD

"Fintech unicorn" Brex launches its first corporate credit card for e-commerce start-ups.



How My E-Commerce Business Soared From 0-$100K in Less Than 4 Months  E-Commerce Times

Over the past 10 years, I've been a part of at least that many startups. The tools of the trade have changed rapidly, but the core elements of successful ...



8 Ways To Start Or Buy An E-Commerce Business In Midlife  Forbes Now

Starting an e-commerce business in midlife may be easier and less costly than you think. Here are eight ways to do it and advice from experts.



10 Considerations When Setting Up an Online Business – Bytestart  Bytestart

The UK is the third largest e-commerce market in the world and for good reason. The internet has allowed innovative small businesses to reach a much wider…



How Amazon took 50% of the e-commerce market and what it means for the rest of us  TechCrunch

As SVP of Walmart's global e-commerce supply chain for five years (until 2018), I had a front-row seat to how brick-and-mortar retailers were responding to ...



The e-commerce trends to pay attention to in 2019  Business.com

E-commerce plays a huge role in today's marketplace. Here are 8 trends to keep an eye on this year.



How To Start A Teeth Whitening E-Commerce Business  NuWire Investor

For those not familiar with the term, an e-commerce business is one that primarily sells products online – they typically don't have a physical location from which ...



Chinese Start-Ups: More Than Clones | Global Currents, BoF Professional  The Business of Fashion

SHANGHAI, China — China's history as the world's factory for low cost, low quality goods long made the country a magnet for the words 'counterfeit' and 'copy.



The New E-Commerce Social Media Strategy: Why Direct Selling Is the Future of Retail  The Content Standard by Skyword

Social media has become central to the customer shopping experience, and it's all due to the value consumers place on social media *content*. According to ...



Crypto Exchange Bittrex to Block US Users From Trading in 32 Cryptos  Cointelegraph

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced that it will block United States-based users from trading in 32 cryptocurrencies.



How to Invest in E-Commerce  The Motley Fool

E-commerce has forever changed the way consumers shop. Here's how investors can best capitalize on this macro trend.



Facebook Set to Reveal Own Cryptocurrency in June, Report Says  CoinDesk

Social media giant Facebook may be about to drop the secrecy surrounding its in-the-works cryptocurrency. According to a report from The Information on ...



Coupang, South Korean E-Commerce Start-up, Raises $2 Billion From SoftBank  The New York Times

The investment is a bet by the Japanese conglomerate that Coupang will conquer the fast-growing South Korean market.



Europe Start-up 100: 25 e-commerce and fintech start-ups to watch in 2019  Siliconrepublic.com

Europe is a hotbed of fintech and e-commerce promise, underpinned by revolutions in open banking, apps and blockchain.



Challenges You Will Face to Start Your Business Online  Entrepreneur

On a journey towards digital entrepreneurship, one will face #5 common challenges to start their business online.



Walmart Is Making Big Strides in E-Commerce  The Motley Fool

The world's largest retailer was slow to catch on. Now, it's testing innovative ideas about how people may shop in the future.



All Set For Growth: The E-Commerce Landscape In The Middle East  Entrepreneur

The MENA region is going to be the next big growth market for e-commerce. The Gulf region especially is being touted as the market that's set to grow ...



Is Instagram the Future of E-Commerce?  Business.com

The social network recently surpassed 1 billion monthly active users. Here's how e-commerce startups and SMBs can grow their brand through Instagram.



Reliance prepares the ground for e-commerce launch  Livemint

Mumbai: Reliance Industries Ltd's retail arm—Reliance Retail Ltd—is testing its food and grocery app among its employees before the commercial launch of its ...



Countering Amazon's Impact on Small Business  Business News Daily

The Amazon effect is real, but small businesses can adapt to survive. It's time to start selling your products online.



Exclusive Q&A: How Express Caught Up To E-Commerce Competition After A Late Start - Retail TouchPoints  Retail TouchPoints

As a retailer that started its e-Commerce business relatively late, only launching its web site in 2008, specialty apparel retailer Express ...



Major Crypto Media Site CCN Shuts Down, Cites Google Update for Loss of Search Visibility  Cointelegraph

CCN, one of the top crypto media sites globally, has announced that they are shutting down.



7 Online Business Ideas That Could Make You Rich  Entrepreneur

If you're at all interested in starting your own online business, there's no time like the present. We live in a golden age of wealth. As much as the media tries to ...



US Realtors Association Invests in Blockchain Startup Propy  CoinDesk

The venture capital arm of the U.S. National Association of Realtors (NAR) has bought a stake in blockchain-based real estate startup Propy. Second Century ...



A Business With No End  New York Times

On almost every occasion after his return home, he'd experience travel withdrawal symptoms and nostalgia remembering the scents, the foods, the music, the ...



Why private equity favours China’s chip makers over online retailers  South China Morning Post

E-commerce and internet-related companies have lost their lustre with private equity (PE) funds as Beijing's support for chip makers and high-end equipment ...



Insurer L&G Uses Amazon Blockchain Service for Pension Deals  CoinDesk

A U.K. insurer has turned to Amazon's services to launch what it claims is the first blockchain system for bulk pension deals. According to a Reuters report ...



Where Is Global E-Commerce Going? Here Are Five Takeaways From The Experts  Forbes

The global retail world is shifting rapidly and ecommerce is driving this changes. Here are the five major trends in global ecommerce today.



74% of consumers go to Amazon when they're ready to buy something. That should be keeping retailers up at night  CNBC

There's new and staggering data that support the fact that retailers should increasingly be scared of Amazon dominating e-commerce.



Five Major Benefits of E-commerce Business for Retailers & Customers  Entrepreneur

Worldwide, e-commerce sales are expected to grow to $4 trillion by 2020 and the Indian e-commerce market is expected to surpass the United States to become ...



E-commerce Technology Trends That Will Take Center Stage In 2019  Entrepreneur

Looking forward to 2019, we can see that technology and the way in which it is implemented in the daily functions in the e-commerce industry.



3 Legal Challenges for E-Commerce  Business.com

The e-commerce ecosystem has become one of the most crowded startup spaces over the past few years. In the period between 2012 and 2016, ecommerce ...



Moving from Metros to Villages: Why Small E-Commerce Players are Doing Better in the Rural Sector  Entrepreneur

The giants of E-Commerce are yet to capitalize on this market, thus clearing the grounds for small to mid-level companies.



'I Don't Trust Facebook With Anything:' The World Reacts to Facebook's Libra  CoinDesk

Although Libra hasn't yet officially launched, pundits, politicians, and developers are already weighing in with warnings, celebrations, and memes.



Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank Retracts Tweet Indicating Plans to Use Ripple’s XRP  Cointelegraph

Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand's largest commercial bank, has denied it plans to start using Ripple's XRP token.



One of Snap's former top execs is going to take on Amazon with his new start-up  CNBC

Imran Khan's new retail venture, Verishop, takes direct aim at Amazon.



Time to Chain Up: Is Blockchain About to Change the Gaming Industry?  Cointelegraph

The gaming industry has grown dramatically in recent years, partially because the world of video games is keeping up with the latest technological advances ...



These 9 retail brands are the ones to watch in 2019  CNBC

There's a new class of retailers to pay attention to in 2019. And some of them could soon be opening up shop in your neighborhood.



The Highest E-Commerce Hurdle Isn't Technology  Modern Distribution Management

One thing I've learned as a team member and leader for three B2B distribution e-commerce build-outs is that building a successful B2B distribution e-commerce ...



Pinduoduo calls for more openness as battle with Alibaba, JD.com escalates  South China Morning Post

The founder of group-buying platform Pinduoduo has called for more open competition for the benefit of merchants and consumers amid increasing rivalry in ...



8 Steps to Launching an E-Commerce Business This Week  Entrepreneur

If I told you that you could launch an e-commerce business this week, would you think I was crazy? Well, it's true -- you can. Thanks to the internet, there is ...



U-Freight launches logistics product designed for e-commerce start-ups  theloadstar.com

As the global e-commerce market develops apace, a significant increase in the number of small business start-ups is being seen. Often they have limited ...



Udaan, the e-commerce startup led by three former Flipkart executives, raises $225M  TechCrunch

The trio announced this morning that their B2B e-commerce startup Udaan had raised $225 million in Series C funding. The cash infusion, according to Indian ...



Five E-Commerce Strategies To Boost Your Sales In 2019  Entrepreneur

As the markets get crowded, the potential of your e-commerce business to expand and make more profit increases.



Changing E-commerce Landscape: Global Trends for 2019 and Beyond  ReadWrite

The changing e-commerce trends will transform the way merchants sell online. Learn how these will increase your sales and reduce the bounce rates.



Fraud-Fighting 'Watchtowers' to Arrive in Next Bitcoin Lightning Release  CoinDesk

So-called lightning network “watchtowers” — a much-anticipated next step for securing the network — are coming soon. Watchtowers have long been ...



Enigma Launches Second Testnet for 'Secret Contract' Blockchain  CoinDesk

Data privacy startup Enigma is officially launching its second test network for ethereum developers. While the code for the second testnet developer release has ...



Lazada leads the E-commerce Battle in Southeast Asia  Entrepreneur

The most visited e-commerce platforms on desktop and mobile web in Malaysia and Southeast Asia in 2018 was Lazada, commanding the largest market share ...



How to Start a Small Business Online  Entrepreneur

There is a proven sequence of steps you can follow to guarantee your success when you're starting a small business online. I've seen thousands of people start ...



These 4 Social Media Strategies Can Take Your E-Commerce Business To The Next Level  Forbes

In the *content*-riddled world we live in, it's no secret that standing out as an e-commerce brand is no easy task. Despite the difficulty, there are a handful of proven ...



China's New E-Commerce Law and Its Foreign Company Impacts  China Law Blog

AmCham Shanghai recently published an article I wrote on China's new E-Commerce Law, titled, Implications of China's E-Commerce Law, and I urge you to.



E-Commerce Trends And Insights For Planning Your 2019 Digital Marketing Strategy  Forbes

As brands strive to remain competitive, efficiency and customer experience are top priorities in marketing today. With so many tools on the market, marketers ...



New e-commerce rules may be prone to manipulation, work-arounds: Experts  Business Standard

The *fresh* attempt at regulating the e-commerce sector in India, whilst well-intended, leaves scope for work-arounds and potential manipulation, experts and ...



Five Ways To Start An E-Commerce Business On A Budget  Forbes Now

When I decided to completely self-fund my business, I quickly learned how to stretch my dollar.



Amazon chiefs set to meet with Israel merchants ahead of local e-commerce start  The Times of Israel

Delegation will sit with Israeli importers of fashion and electronics to discuss fees for listing products on new Israeli site, Calcalist says.



50 Online Business Ideas  Small Business Trends

There are so many different opportunities out there to start businesses online. Here are 50 online business ideas you can hop on right away.



Why you should start an e-commerce platform in Hong Kong in 2019  e27

Hong Kong's economy is the fastest growing among developing countries as it ranks 15 in the world e-commerce index.



Five Things Your E-Commerce Business Needs To Thrive  Forbes

The e-commerce industry has seen an exponential rise in recent years. According to a 2018 report released by The Census Bureau of the Department of ...



Walmart beats on earnings in Q1, with US e-commerce up by 37%  TechCrunch

Walmart's investments in e-commerce are paying off. The retailer today announced its U.S. e-commerce sales grew by 37% in the first quarter, largely thanks to ...



In Sidney, former Cabela's employees open online stores, competing with their old employer  Omaha World-Herald

Two startups staffed by former Cabela's employees are rolling out Internet stores from Sidney. They face legal challenges from their old employer, but are ...



How China’s new e-commerce law will affect consumers, operators  The Star Online

China's comprehensive e-commerce law, which was passed in August, takes effect on January 1, bringing increased pressure on online retail companies to fight ...



Italy’s Banks to Use Blockchain to Boost Settlements and Improve Transparency  Cointelegraph

Italian banks will deploy blockchain technology to run reconciliations starting in March 2020, as the Italian Banking Association reported on June 15. The Italian ...



Digital Growth Depends More on Business Models than Technology  Harvard Business Review

For startups, 2009 was a good year. More than 20 companies launched at that time, including Uber, Slack, Pinterest, and Blue Apron, eventually achieved $1 ...



Profitable Online Business Ideas  Business News Daily

Read about the 11 best online business ideas, decide which one matches your strengths, and learn how to get started on your journey to success.



Mukesh Ambanis RIL to enter e-commerce, take on Amazon and Flipkart  Business Standard

Reliance Industries Ltd. will roll out its online shopping platform to 1.2 million retailers and store-owners in Gujarat, sketching out an ambitious plan to take on ...



Walmart’s US e-commerce sales up 43% in Q4, thanks to growing online grocery business  TechCrunch

Walmart this morning posted strong holiday sales growth for its holiday quarter, with U.S. sales up 4.2 percent over the same time last year, and a 43 percent rise ...



How Lazada and Shopee Ruled the Southeast Asia's E-commerce Industry  Entrepreneur

Lazada was the most visited e-commerce platform in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.


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