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                    Foreword
Hi!

I want to start by saying THANK YOU for subscribing
to UpgradeReality and for your awesome support.

For those of you who do not know me so well, my
name is Diggy and I started the journey of blogging
about self improvement two years ago.

The last few years have been a tremendous learning
experience for me. I really love life and all the
wonders it brings. I have realized that every single
person can do so much more than what they think
they can. We are so far from reaching our full
potential.

I still have a lot to learn and I am not some guru
that can turn your life around for you in an instant. I
do believe that I have quite a bit of wisdom and
experience that I can share with people, and
together (you and I) can grow, inspire and motivate
each other to live our lives to the fullest and achieve
whatever we set our minds to.




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It may not be easy to get to where you want to be
and it will take dedication, hard work and
persistance. However, nobody said you need to
reach your goals by tomorrow or by next week. Let's
take it one day at a time and one step at a time.

This free ebook- 'YOU – Version 2.0' is a
compilation of useful tips (gathered from my
thoughts, ideas and experiences) to improve areas
of your life starting today. I will personally buy you a
drink if you cannot use one of the tips listed in this
book to improve your life in one way or another :)

You are free to share this ebook with anybody you
want. In fact, I encourage you to share it with your
friends, family and colleagues. If you really think it
is super awesome then you can even put it up on
your website or blog.

My only conditions are that the content and links
herein remain unaltered and in their original state
and that you do not sell this ebook (It is a free
resource).That being said, let me not distract you
any longer with my thoughts and rants.

Enjoy my tips and have a wonderful day!

Diggy
Author of Upgradereality.com
(Find out more about me here)




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                        Contents

  • Foreword                                                    2
  •   Three Ways To Take Control Of Your Life Right Now         5
  •   Fifteen Ways To Boost Your Creativity                     10
  •   Six Simple Steps To A More Efficient Day                  16
  •   Eight Tips For Living Healthy With Ease                   22
  •   Fifteen Ways To Cheer You Up When You Feel Down           27
  •   Twenty Three Creative Ways To Make Extra Money            32
  •   Fourteen Sweet Tips For Making A Good First Impression    42
  •   Thirty Three Beautiful Reasons Why Life Is Awesome        48
  • Conclusion                                                  58




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3 Ways To Take Control Of Your Life Right Now

I’m taking a guess here but I think the chances are
big that you have goals and dreams that you really
want to achieve but are not actively working on.


I can give you a personal example. One of my goals
is to have 10 000 subscribed readers to my blog
Upgradereality.com. Sometimes I find myself
thinking “I’d love to have 10 000 readers for my
blog”, and then I ask myself if I am doing everything
I can to achieve that goal. The answer is usually
‘No’.


It is very possible to stop waiting for life to throw
the things you are looking for in your lap and to take
control. Make your own luck – so to speak.


Here are 3 ways that you can use to take control of
your life to shape it to the way that you want it to
be.(To become your best self and really live your life
to the fullest.)




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1-) Determine What You Are Not Happy With


 I’m sure that there are lots of little things and
possibly a few big things in your life that you are not
happy with right now. I have had the same situation,
yet half the time I didn’t really know what I was
unhappy with. I knew that there were things that
bothered me but I never took the time to pinpoint
the exact trouble spots and come up with a plan of
action to improve those areas of my life.


I suggest that you take some time to sit down with a
notepad and write down all the areas of your life
that you are not happy with.


For example:
  • Are you happy with your job?
  • Are you happy with your finances?
  • Are you happy with your health?
  • Are you happy with you friends?
  • Are you happy with your partner?


 Then decide what kind of results you want in those
areas and determine what steps of action you need
to take to get your results. This will give you a nice
list of things that you can actively go out and start
working on to improve.




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2-) What Is Standing Between You And Your
Goal?


Now that you have identified areas in your life that
you are not happy with and determined goals or
levels that you want to achieve, you need to figure
out what is standing in the way between where you
are right now and where you want to be.


Ask yourself the question “If only…” and fill in the
missing details.


“If only I would sit down and write this article”
“If only I went to the gym 30 minutes a day”
“If only I spent an hour a day learning French”


By completing the ‘If only’ question, you get the
answer to what is standing between you and your
goal. Once you have that answer, just do it.


The only way that you are going to get closer to
your goals and eventually reach them is by taking
action. You have to make things happen!




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3-) The Art Of One Hour A Day


 A few months ago I wrote an article titled, ‘The Art
Of One Hour A Day’. Its purpose was to get you to
realize to power of dedicating one hour every day to
something you want to learn or become good at.


Most people have jobs, families or other
responsibilities that they use as an excuse to put off
learning something new (whether it be a career,
language, instrument, sport or anything else).
However, I think it would be rather rare if you could
not find one hour every day (before you go to bed or
when you wake up) to dedicate to learning whatever
it is you want to do. It may mean you have to give
up watching TV or sitting on Facebook, but often it
can be done.


It may take a few months or even years but just
imagine how close you can get to your dreams or
goals by dedicating this one hour every day. (If you
have more than one hour that would be even
better). You could build up a passive income online
and within a few years be making enough to quit
your job and live the kind of life you always dreamed
of. You could gain enough knowledge to finally have
a shot at the kind of job you have always dreamed
about. You could learn another language that would
allow you to go and live in another country and not
be lost.




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 There are so many possibilities and you have the
opportunity to really make your dreams come true.


“The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single
step”


The journey towards reaching your dreams and
goals starts with dedicating that first hour towards
them. After that one hour comes the next hour and
after that the next and so on and so forth. Don’t
delay, start today!




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        15 Ways To Boost Your Creativity


Being creative is something that you can learn.
Before you judge that statement and disagree with
it, take some time to read what I have to say.


I think that every person on this planet is really
good at something. Every person is creative in one
way or another. The only reason why so many
people think that they are not creative and that
creativity is somehow reserved for a select few, is
that society conditions us not to be creative.


It starts from the day we get put in school (maybe
even before that). We get taught to follow rules, to
follow a system. If we follow that system we get
rewarded. If we go against the system or try to
stand out from it, we often get punished. The
system is designed for people to fit in and not for
them to stand out. Thus, over time, people oppress
any urges to be creative and stand out, and as a
result come to believe that they are not creative at
all and never will be.


This is my personal view on the subject, and I think
that there are quite a few people who agree with
me. I never used to think that I was creative but
over the last two years I have trained myself to be
more and more creative.




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Here are some great ways how you can go about
training yourself to be creative and come up with
great ideas:


1-) Write Your Ideas Down
Get into the habit of writing your ideas down as soon
as you get them. This way you train your brain to
keep coming up with ideas, and as soon as you get
them you write them down. When they are written
down you don’t have to worry about remembering
them and this allows more room for new ideas to
form in your mind.


2-) Relax
Good ideas and creativity usually do not appear
under stress. When you are relaxed and
rejuvenated, creative ideas usually come rather
naturally. Take a walk on the beach, take a nap, go
and play some sport or do whatever it is that relaxes
you so that your brain can be more creative when
you get back to work.


3-) No Expectations
Similar to no stress, but specifically no stress from
the outcome. When you create with love and passion
and no expectation of the outcome, the chances are
much greater that you will create something
remarkable! Your passion will shine through in your
work and this is what makes it remarkable.




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4-)Be Easy On Yourself
Stop criticizing yourself and stop being so harsh on
yourself. Accept yourself the way you are and do
things to the best of your ability. You are enough
and you are creative. Don’t let self-limiting beliefs
block out your creativity!


5-) Read
Reading stimulates the mind. The more you read,
the more you open your mind up to new ways of
thinking and thus the more creative you will
become. I know that reading can be a bore,
especially if you have to force yourself to do it. My
advice is to start small. Choose a book on a topic
that you like (it can even be about your favourite
sport or artist) and spend 30 minutes before you go
to bed reading that book. This way you can read 1-2
new books every month without it being a lot of
effort, and it will definitely contribute to you being
more creative.


6-)Listen to Mozart
Albert Einstein said he owes his creativity to
listening to Mozart pieces. Certain songs and
compositions allow the brain to be more creative and
function better. Albert Einstein did not know why this
was the case, but he found Mozart compositions to
help his thinking.




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In the present age the concept of music enhancing
your thinking has been scientifically researched and
proven. Certain frequencies have a positive effect on
increasing your brain’s performance and creativity.
 Today they are known as Binaural Beats and
Isochronic Tones. Basically, scientists have
engineered sound tracks with researched
frequencies that have proven to increase brain
performance. You can easily purchase some of these
tracks and listen to them with stereo headphones.
When I did this I immediately noticed an effect on
my state of mind and felt more creative.
(Find out more about Binaural Beats HERE.)


7-) Meditate
In combination with binaural beats, meditation can
lead to a much more relaxed state of being. This
relaxed state allows creativity to naturally flow
through your mind and you will find it easier to
come up with good ideas.


8-)Exercise
After exercising, endorphins (the feel-good
hormone) are released into your bloodstream. Your
body may be physically tired, but you feel good and
relaxed. Regular exercise definitely contributes to
creativity.




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9-) Ask For Help
Don’t be scared to ask someone for help or for their
opinion. The input from a friend or stranger could be
enough to jump-start a whole series of ideas and
new creativity.


10-) Expand Your Horizons
Do something you have never ever done before in
your life. The experience of it may be enough to
boost your creativity tenfold and give you many new
ideas.


12-) Eat Blueberries
Blueberries are said to be the richest in anti-
oxidants and good for your brain an thinking
abilities. Eat a handful a day, and even if you don’t
get extra creativity, enjoy the taste and the health
benefits.


13-) Stop Doing Drugs
I’m talking about sugars, processed foods, alcohol,
caffeine and cigarettes. (I shouldn’t have to tell you
not to do hard drugs!) These substances have a
limiting effect on your creativity and your ways of
thinking.




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14-) Do Puzzles
Puzzels stimulate your brain to look at a problem
from different angles. The easier you are able to
open up your mind to new ideas and new
approaches, the more likely it will be that you
become more creative.


15-) Play An Instrument
I personally like playing piano. It is relaxing and it
allows me to experiment with new tones, melodies
and ideas. I find it immensely satisfying and relaxing
to be able to make my own music or play a few of
my favorite songs. Often while I am playing I will
get an idea for something that I want to do or write
about.




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     6 Simple Steps To A More Efficient Day


The theme for this post is:


“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”


Many hours in a day are wasted simply because we
have no plan of action for that day. Life hardly ever
goes exactly according to plan, but if you do not
have a plan at all then you are relying for things to
come to you instead of you making things happen.
That is why I am a big fan of having a plan and
having goals to work towards. If they change along
the way, then you make the necessary adjustments.


So, instead of starting the day with no real plan to
get things done, these few simple steps should
boost your efficiency in a big way.




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1-) Get Energized
 The first step in getting your day off to a super start
is to make sure your body is well-rested and has the
proper fuel for long-lasting energy.

It is recommended to get at least 8 hours of sleep
every night. As soon as you wake up in the morning,
drink a full glass of water (or two). Scientific studies
have shown that this method gives the body more
energy for the entire day.

Eat a good and healthy breakfast (I enjoy a variety
of fruits). Don’t skip it because breakfast is the most
important meal of the day and provides your body
with fuel.


2-) Plan Your Day The Night Before
 If you want to get the most out of your day, then I
suggest you plan your actions for that day on the
night before. Once you get used to this habit, it will
only take you a few minutes every night and usually
results in getting way more done the next day.


I actually have a whiteboard that I divided into
columns for my tasks from Monday to Friday. On the
weekend I already plan some of the tasks and things
I want to get done during the week and write them
down.




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Every night I will plan my following day as much as
possible, and even though I don’t always get
everything done, I feel it makes a big difference to
my efficiency.


There are people who say that daily to-do lists are
pointless because you never end up doing all the
things you write down. I do not agree, because by
planning your day and week ahead of the time, you
can prioritize your most important tasks that will
bring you great return in the future.


3-) Optimize Your Actions
 By planning your day in advance, you can very
likely combine certain actions to create a more
efficient day. For example if you need to run
errands, you can plan it all out and make one trip in
a logical order instead of going back and forth like a
headless chicken. This can save time and money.


4-) Prioritize
 I think it is rather senseless to do 10 unimportant
things on a day and not do the one thing that really
needs to be done. Whether this is due to
procrastinating or whether it is due to lack of
planning, failing to do the important things is not an
efficient use of your day.




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When you plan your day in advance you can
determine the one or two things that are essential
and need to be done no matter what. After that you
can dedicate any spare time to completing less
urgent tasks.


5-) Stop Procrastinating
 Whatever the reason is for us to waste time and
postpone getting our tasks done, one of the best
ways to make your day more efficient is to cut out
all those time-wasting activities. Some examples
would include Facebook, Twitter, Checking Email and
aimlessly surfing the net for amusement.


It might seem like a difficult idea to stop doing all
these things. However, once you cut yourself off
from these activities for a few days and see how
much time they are taking, you realize that it is
rather senseless to keep doing them every day.



All that extra time you save by not procrastinating
and doing senseless activities is time that you can
devote to completing tasks, working on your
business or use to do the things you really enjoy.




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6-) Automate Where Possible
 Automation is the key to efficiency. Automation
does not necessarily mean that you need to start
using machines or computers to do your work for
you; it simply means to reduce your involvement in
a process as much as possible (sometimes machines
are necessary for this).


Maybe you spend 5 minutes every day manually
opening and closing your garage door. Invest in
automatic garage openers and save hours a year.


You might spend hours a day answering emails for
support on a product you sell. Why not set up an
auto responder or an FAQ on your site or even hire a
Virtual Assistant to take care of it for you in order to
minimize answering repetitive questions?


Most processes and routines that we use in our     lives
have some possibility of being made simpler or     most
efficient. Often by just asking yourself how you   can
make it more efficient, you can come up with a     few
steps to apply to get the desired efficiency.




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To Sum Up


Energize
Plan
Optimize
Stop Procrastinating
Prioritize
Automate


These 6 simple steps should make a big difference
to your daily efficiency. You may ask yourself, “What
if I don’t want to be efficient?”. Well, the sooner you
get the things done that need to be done, the more
time you have to do the things you really enjoy (or
work on your own projects that you are more
passionate about).




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      8 Ways To Be Healthy & Get In Shape


Being healthy and getting in shape is not always the
first thing on our minds. However, when we get
seriously ill and our bodies protest, everything else
in this world becomes rather insignificant and all we
care about is our health.


“Prevention is better than cure”


You can spare yourself many illnesses, conditions
and suffering by taking care of your body. Simply
eating healthy and keeping your body fit and in
shape will make your quality of life much better.


You may think that it is cheaper to eat fast food or
processed food but I think you will be surprised.
Next time you are in a supermarket take a look what
broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, a can of tuna
or a chicken breast cost. It’s pretty affordable and
cheaper than fast food (factor in the medical costs of
doctors, medication and surgery that come with
many years of eating a lot of fast and processed
food). I don’t want to scare you or preach to you, I
just want to help you be healthy and get in shape.


 Here are a few simple ways to help you achieve
that:




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1-) Cut Down On Processed Food
Start slowly and wean yourself off processed and
fast foods like burgers, pizza, sweets, chocolate,
cakes, potato crisps, soda’s etc. This is the kind of
food that tastes nice but is killing you slowly. It
contains very little nutrients and a lot of fat, sugar
and artificial ingredients. The end goal is to
eliminate processed and fast food completely, but
reducing it from your diet is a step in the right
direction.


2-) Cut Down On Drugs
For good health it is best to wean yourself off drugs
like alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes. Needless to say
that these things are very bad for you body. The
goal is to eliminate these drugs completely or as
much as possible.


3-) Eat Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain many essential
vitamins and minerals that our body uses to function
correctly. You should strive to include some fruits or
vegetables with every meal that you eat. Personally
I enjoy eating fruit for breakfast because it is easily
digestible and gives me good energy for the day. I
enjoy vegetables with lunch and dinner.


It is said that a raw food diet (learn more) is the
ultimate way to live as healthy as possible.




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4-) Drink Lots Of Water
Water is so important to good health. We can go for
over 2 weeks without food, but hardly 3 days
without water. The fact is that most people do not
drink enough water every day. Some people never
drink water and only drink coffee, juice and soda. I
pretty much only drink water, 1.5 to 3 litres a day. It
keeps the body hydrated and helps filter out waste.


The quality of water is important too. Bottled water
is not always good and neither is tap water (because
of TDS or the amount of additives or chemicals).
From my research I have found the best kind of
water to be water filtered by a reverse osmosis
system. You can probably find a filter system like
this for a few hundred dollars and it will make your
water drinkable and healthy for many years to
come.


5-) Do Some Form Of Exercise Daily
You do not need to go to the gym every day or
spend hours working out. However, some form of
exercise on a daily basis is beneficial to your health,
body and mind. Exercise releases endorphins which
are those ‘feel good’ hormones. So, not only is
exercise healthy for your body, it usually puts you in
a better mood which in turn makes you more
productive and energetic.




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 You can dance, go to the gym, go for a run, do
some basic exercises at home, do yoga, go
swimming, do martial arts and so many more
things. I find the best way to get some form of daily
exercise is make a nice combination of activities like
the ones I mentioned above.


6-) Get a Dog
If you have the time and attention to take care of a
dog then why not? A dog will warn against intruders,
keep you company and keep you healthy. If you are
a good owner then you will take your dog for a walk
or run every day, which is beneficial both for your
dog and for you!


7-) Join a Club
Whether it be a gym, dance class, rowing club or
rock-climbing group, joining a club is a great way to
stay motivated to exercise. Everyone sometimes
feels lazy or not in the mood to go out and exercise.
However, when you are part of a team or you are
paying a monthly fee to be able to exercise, it is
much easier to stay motivated and keep attending
that club. Find a club of an activity that you enjoy
and sign up for it.




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8-) Meditate
Stress has a negative effect on our health and our
bodies. The more stress we have, the more easily
we get sick. Although stress is psychological, it can
manifest physical illnesses and disruptions in our
bodies. Maybe you are in a stressful environment or
job that you cannot remove yourself from. If that is
the case then I would suggest that you find a
method of removing that stress from your life on a
daily basis.


I find exercise to be a good stress-reliever. However,
there are many other ways to get rid of stress. You
can listen to music, you can take a walk in a park,
take a hot bubble bath or do yoga. You can even
learn more about meditation.


Have you heard of Binaural Beats? (learn more) I’ve
mentioned them before, but they are sound tracks
of scientifically engineered frequencies that are
designed to enhance brain performance and create a
state of total relaxation.


*Disclaimer: I am not a heath expert or qualified
nutritionist. These tips are purely my opinion and
my experience and may not be beneficial for you.
Please check with a qualified health expert if you
want to make any severe changes to your health or
exercise regime.*




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15 Ways To Cheer You Up When You Feel Down


I think that every human being goes through times
when they feel sad or even a little depressed. It may
be because things keep going against you or
because you lost something or someone you care
about or even because you regret something that
you did or did not do.


Going through some moments of sadness is nothing
to be ashamed of or even to fear. I think that every
now and then a bit of sadness is good to balance out
the other emotions. However, it is not good to stay
sad for very long because that is emotionally
damaging. Life is pretty awesome and it is better to
spend your time on this earth being happy than
being sad.


Whatever the reason for you being sad, it is always
nice to have some ways to cheer you up and that is
exactly what I am about to give you; 15 ways to
cheer you up when you feel sad.




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1-) Breathe
Take 5 minutes and consciously breathe. Count your
breaths, inhale and exhale. When you focus on
breathing, you will notice that you become more
relaxed and your worries and troubles melt away.


2-) Friends
I’m talking about the sitcom. I have probably
watched every episode ten times and it always gets
a smile on my face. Feeling down? Just watch an
episode or two and your mood will lift.


3-) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Just Google ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger switchboard’
and you’ll understand what I mean. It is an online
switchboard with recorded clips from Arnold and his
awesome accent. Guaranteed to make you feel
better!


4-) Saying Images
Since I found this site I’ve been in love with it. No
essays or articles, just unique and original pictures
with a message. Very cool.




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5-) Ice-Cream
Stuffing yourself with your favourite flavour ice-
cream always does wonders. It might not be healthy
and it might not be a solution, but damn, it tastes
good and makes you feel better!


6-) Paint
Get a canvas or a wall or something that you can
paint on and let your emotions flow. Let the
paintbrush and colors flow freely and your mood will
lift.


7-) (Real) Friends, Food and Movies
Ask your best friends to come over for the night, get
some good movies and great food and just hang
out. You don’t even have to say anything to each
other, just enjoy the movies, food and each other’s
company.


8-) Play With A Dog
Dogs never seem to have big troubles. They are
always energetic and up for fun. Ask someone who
has a dog if you can borrow it for the day.


9-) Bubble Bath
Draw a nice warm bath full of bubbles and bath
salts. Relax and soak your troubles in the water and
leave them behind when you get out of the bath.




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10-) Sing
You may not be in the mood to sing, because
generally people only sing when they are happy. Put
on your favourite song and sing along. You will begin
to feel better and it might even change your mood
completely!


11-) Create Something
I mentioned painting earlier, but you can do
anything you want. Pottery, drawings, carpentry,
paper-mache, a song and Lego are some ideas. Be
artistic and just make something with your own two
hands, it will make you feel better!


12-) Bake a Cake
Yep, even if you are a guy, baking a cake once in a
blue moon can be fun. It can be fun to whip up all
the ingredients and create something delicious,
especially when you are feeling a little down. If your
cake comes out perfectly, you can devour it to make
you feel even better!


13-) Buy Yourself Flowers.
A fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers always cheers
me up. They smell amazing and look so pretty. I can
often notice a big lift in my mood when I have flower
in front of me for a few hours.




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14-) Blow Bubbles
So simple and yet so fascinating. Dip the little stick
in the soapy water and blow on it to make a bubble
that floats through the air.


15-) Happiness Comes From Within
Even though many of these suggestions will cheer
you up and put you in a better mood, true happiness
comes from within you. The only person who can
ultimately make you happy is you. I found that the
less you rely on other things making you happy, the
easier it is to be happy.




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    23 Creative Ways To Make Extra Money


Money makes the world go 'round (or so they day).
While money may not be able to buy you happiness
or love, it is definitely a useful commodity to have
enough of.


If you are already balling in the cash then this
section most likely will not apply to you (and I am
happy for you). However, most people are not in
that fortunate situation so this section is dedicated
to anybody who could happily use some extra
money.


Just like with so many things in life, your mindset
and beliefs play a big role when it comes to money.
If you believe that money is very hard to come by
and that you will likely never make a lot of it, then
that might be exactly what life gives you.


I am not saying that by merely believing that you
should make millions that you will, but that mindset
definitely opens new possibilities. When you believe
that it is possible to make a lot of money, your brain
can now start to come up with ideas and ways that
can materialize that belief (which was previously not
possible because you did not believe that you could
make a lot of money).




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If you feel like you could use a little extra money
(even if it’s just to give away to people you care
about) then here are some creative ways you can go
about doing it. Remember, even if these ways seem
small, many small amounts add up to big amounts.
Try not to consider yourself too good to do any type
of work. You may have to start at the bottom, but if
you don't give up you will work yourself up to the
top.


For a really inspiring story about working your way
from the depths of poverty to the top of the riches,
watch the movie 'The Pursuit of Happiness' starring
Will Smith. It's one of my favorite movies and truly
beautiful and inspirational to see.


Here are 23 creative ways to make some extra
money:


Offline – The Real World


1-) Mow Lawns
Something very simple that everyone can do. Lawns
continue to grow and people with lawns usually have
someone mow it for them. Go around in your
neighbourhood and ask your neighbours if you can
mow their lawn on a weekly basis for a small fee.




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2-) Paint Curb numbers
Get a can of paint and go around your
neighbourhood offering to paint the house-number
clearly on the curb so that people will easily be able
to find their house. Charge $5 or $10.


3-) Au Pair
Are you good with kids? If you are trustworthy and
responsible you should be able to find people with
kids who need a babysitter every now and then.
Possibly even on a regular or daily basis.


4-) Dog Walking
Start your own little business and go around offering
people to walk their dogs for them for a small fee. It
will give you good exercise too!


5-) Part-Time Job
Work can be scarce in today’s economy, but if you
look around you should be able to find a part-time
job somewhere. Clean windows, pack shelves, bag
groceries. Just something simple for a few hours a
week and it could make you some extra money.




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6-) Work In a Bar
This classifies as a part-time job but I thought I’d
give it an extra mention. Bar-tending is rather easy
to learn and anybody can do it. It does require late
nights but you can try to choose nights when you
are free (like weekends).


7-) Write a Book
Do you have extensive knowledge on a subject or do
you have wild theories about life? Maybe you have a
vivid imagination and can come up with entertaining
and awesome fictional stories. Take a look at the
‘Harry Potter’ series that started as bedtime stories
for a mother’s children.


8-) Make Music
The effect of music is enormous. There are hundreds
of different styles and many instruments that you
can choose from. Music is universal and you do not
need a degree to be able to make it. Who knows,
maybe you have natural talent to write songs or
come up with amazing melodies and lyrics. What if
you’re good enough to create an album?




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9-) Make Jewellery
Everybody likes jewellery. Maybe you can come up
with a creative or unique design that is cheap and
easy to make and hundreds or thousands of people
will want to buy.

10-) Paint or Draw
Besides the fact that painting and drawing is fun, it
can also bring in some extra money. People love art
and sometimes the more abstract and unique the
art, the more people will pay for it. Discover if you
have a hidden Van Gogh or Picasso inside of you.


11-) Offer To Advertise
Brand your car or walk around with a T-shirt
promoting someone’s idea for them. The more
people you can advertise to or the smarter your
advertising idea, the more you can make with it.


12-) Teach Something
Everyone has something that they are good at. What
are your skills? Offer to teach people one-on-one or
start group lessons. Maybe you can teach someone
a language, or teach guys how to get girls, or teach
students how to become better writers.




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13-) Sell Stuff
Chances are that you have stuff lying around your
house that you never use or don’t really need. Sell it
for some extra cash. You will be amazed what you
can sometimes come up with.


14-) Sign Up For Medical Tests
Not something I would personally do (maybe giving
blood) but there are people who get thousands of
dollars for being guinea pigs for medical procedures
and new drugs.


15-) Cut Expenses
The easiest way to make money is by not spending
it. Run through your expenses to see if there is
anything you can cut down on or even eliminate
completely.




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Online – The Virtual World


16-) Start a blog
It is possible to make money by blogging, but it will
usually not happen quickly. It may take months
before you get a good income. You could start a blog
about a topic like I did with Upgradereality about
self improvement.


You could also create many small niche blogs to
promote products and drive traffic to them. If you
want to set up your own blog I have created a free
tutorial how to do it (Click for the tutorial). It is
pretty cheap to set up your own blog ($60 for a
year) and you should easily be able to make a
couple hundred dollars a month after 6-12 months
of hard work.


17-) Start an affiliate site
An affiliate site is a website set up with the sole
purpose of promoting a product and getting
commissions for a sale. You can create a site for a
product and drive traffic towards it by writing
articles, advertising or getting good rankings in
search engines by building backlinks. This will also
not happen overnight and will take quite a bit of
effort and persistence to master, but once you get it
right you can literally make thousands of dollars a
month with it.




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The best guide about affiliate marketing and
blogging that I know of is written by Glen Allsopp
(who makes 5 figures a month from the internet and
with affiliate sites) and it is called Cloud Living (Read
more). I highly recommend his guide since it
contains step-by-step instructions for every part of
the process of setting up a successful affiliate site or
blog.


18-) Squidoo
Squidoo is a Web 2.0 community created my
marketing genius Seth Godin. Web 2.0 means that
you can create your own account and set up free
squidoo pages (as many as you like). On those
pages you can write about things you love and insert
affiliate links. It is similar to a website, but because
it is free you are governed by the Squidoo rules.
These rules often restrict certain products and they
place ads all around the page which result in people
clicking these ads and not your content or affiliate
links. However, it is still possible to make some extra
money with Squidoo.


19-) Ebay
Ebay is an online market place where you can buy
and sell all sorts of things. If you have stuff lying
around at home you can put it up for auction on
eBay. If you are creative and make things that you
can sell, do it on eBay.




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20-) Article Marketing
Have you heard about article marketing? The
concept is simple and it is totally free. It involves
you writing articles that promote affiliate products
and if you make sales you get commissions.
However, thousands of people do this on a daily
basis, so your articles have to be good and targeted
to be able to get traffic. There is definitely potential
to make money with article marketing and all it will
cost you is time (not money).


21-) Offer Services
If you are good at writing articles or you have some
designing skills in Photoshop, you could offer your
services on a site like Digitalpoint Forums.


22-) Youtube
Just like you can market with articles, you can also
market with videos. Maybe you are a skilled camera-
person. Create funny clips or inspirational ones and
you could get thousands of views. Link to a product
in your video and you may find yourself making
sales.




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23-) Forex Trading

I added forex trading but purposely put it last. The
reason being that forex trading is risky and requires
capital that you can afford to lose. If you don’t have
money to spare then I don’t advise trading forex.


However, if you have some money that you could
afford to lose then forex trading could be a source of
incredible wealth and freedom.


HOWEVER…I strongly advise that you spend days
and weeks learning and studying the forex markets
and the ins and outs of trading before you even
consider risking your hard-earned money.


I started a forex blog a couple of months ago and
you are welcome to have a look and sign up to my
(free) analysis and updates if you are interested in
learning more. My analysis and trading
recommendations for the first 4 months resulted in a
100% return on invested capital. (Which is totally
crazy awesome and if I can sustain that then
thousands of people would be queueing to give me
their money to invest). Of course, I remain humble
and don't make any wild claims that I can keep up
that kind of return. Here is another interesting forex
trading method to look into.




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14 Sweet Ways To Make A Good First Impression


Although first impressions can be totally deceiving,
almost everyone judges a person based on that first
impression. This means your entire future
relationship with anyone (business,friendship or
lover) can depend on it.


Often that first impression is created in just a few
seconds. This is due to the fact that we build a lot of
prejudices into our minds. When you see someone
the first time, our mind subconsciously runs through
a check-list of all these prejudices and picks up
which ones are present and which ones are not. That
is why you will instantly be fond of certain people
and also instantly not want to be around other
people.


Just remember that first impressions are not always
the truth and someone that you initially like or
dislike may not be someone that you will like or
dislike as you get to know more about them.


Here are some great ways to make a good first
impression:




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1-) Be Well-Groomed
 Not everyone will admit it but most people allow
someone’s physical appearance to make a
contribution to their first impression of that person.
Sloppy personal hygiene can indicate lack of
interest. The deduction (but not always the truth)
from this is that if someone does not pay attention
to their own body, why would they pay attention to
you or their role towards you.


2-) Dress Neatly
 Some people are millionaires but dress in shorts
and an old t-shirt because they don’t care and it’s
comfortable. However, if you are dressed neatly or
stylishly, you will often make a good impression on
someone, A suit and tie are not necessary, as long
as your clothes look good and match the occasion.


3-) Be On Time
 Being on time is very important for a first
impression. If you have an appointment, a meeting
or a date, it is always better to be 5 minutes early
and have to wait than to be too late. Being on time
shows that you have integrity and do as you promise
and that you respect the other person’s time. Like I
said, very important!




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4-) Good Manners
 Good manners go a long way in contributing to a
good first impression. A good introduction, holding
the door open for someone, being the last to sit and
speaking with two words (yes Sir or yes Mam) are
examples of good etiquette.


5-) Be Polite
 Being polite kind of falls in the same category as
having good manners. Don’t interrupt people while
they are talking, ask them how they are doing, be
polite to the people around that person who you are
making a first impression on etc.


6-) Be Authentic
 You can usually tell the difference between
someone who is fake and someone who is authentic
within minutes of talking to them. People who are
fake and who say and do things only to impress
others are not liked by many. Strive to let all your
actions and words be authentic. Mean what you say
and do something because you believe in it and
want to do it.




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7-) Smile
 A smile goes a long way and is sometimes enough
to brighten someone’s entire day. Seeing someone
smile often makes me want to smile and this is a
great effect to have on other people. If you can
make someone smile and laugh from the moment
you meet them, you can count on it that you made a
good first impression on them.


8-) Give a Genuine Compliment
 Try to notice something about someone that really
stands out and give them a genuine compliment for
it. Flattery always works, especially when it comes
from the heart and you mean what you say.


9-) Help Someone
 Showing that you care about others and don’t only
think about yourself will definitely help you make a
good first impression. It doesn’t mean that you have
to go out of your way to try to make that good
impression. If someone happens to cross paths with
you that could use some help and it won’t cost you
much, then help them out.




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10-) Take Initiative
 People like people who take initiative. People who
take initiative are often known as leaders, because
they do not wait for other people to tell them what
to do and when to do it. Leaders are respected, they
make decisions and they take initiative.


11-) Take Interest In The Other Person
 Don’t try to talk about yourself too much. Rather,
take interest in the other person. Who are they,
what are they all about? Get them to talk about
themselves, most people love this. People want to
feel important. The more personal stories you can
get them to tell, the more likely it is that they will be
impressed.


12-) Be Humble
 Even if you are very successful, have a lot of money
or are really famous, try not to use it as a way to
impress people. Someone will be a lot more
impressed if they know these things about you but
that you did not try to flaunt it in their face.




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13-) Body Language
 90% of communication is non-verbal. This is exactly
why it is so important to have correct body
language. Here are a few tips:


-Sit up straight (don’t slouch)
-Walk erect (shoulders back)
-Maintain Eye Contact (don’t look away all the time)
-Relaxed (not fidgety or nervous)
-Confident Actions (do everything with intent and
purpose)


14-) Have Fun
This is probably one of the more important things to
make a good first impression. Have fun with
whatever you do and be positive. This conveys that
you are not doing anything to make an impression,
you are not there to take value from the other
person. Instead you give value and your spread your
positivity and enthusiasm.




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  33 Beautiful Reasons Why Life Is Awesome


If all goes well we can expect to have a good 70-80
years of life on earth. There is an endless list of
reasons why life is totally awesome and why you
should look to make the most of it. Do not take
things for granted because your entire life could
change forever in just a split second.


From something as small as a butterfly to something
as majestic as being part of a huge solar system in
an even bigger universe, life is absolutely amazing
and our world has so many beautiful things to offer.


I really believe this and that is why I have created
this list about some of the amazing things that make
life so awesome. Enjoy!




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1-) Being in Love
The feeling of being in love and being absolutely
crazy about someone is one of the best feelings in
the world. You just want everybody to be as happy
as you are and your love shows in everything that
you do.


2-) A Kiss
A soft and tender or wild and passionate kiss is
another one of life’s most amazing things. Especially
if you really like the other person, the touch of their
lips against yours is one to experience as much as
possible.


3-) A Hug
A hug can take away worries or fears in an instant.
It can cheer you up in seconds and it is such a nice
gesture of love, friendship or compassion. Whether
you hug a lover, friend or total stranger, give and get
as many hugs as you can!
4-) A Smile
Just like a hug, a smile can say and do so many
things. A smile can make you feel safe, it can cheer
you up, it can invite you over, it can say ‘Hi’, it can
say ‘I love you’ and it can inspire you. Smile every
day, it is free and can affect so many people in a
good way!




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5-) Happiness
Happiness comes from within. You can have
absolutely nothing and still be the happiest person in
this world.


6-) Working Together
There are few things as amazing as working towards
the same goal with other people. It unites us and
makes us feel like part of something bigger. Here in
South Africa they have a saying that people in South
Africa only work together if they have to carry a
case of beer. Just take a look back in history and see
all the great things that were achieved and built by
hundreds and thousands of people working together.


7-) Friendship
Being alone is not very fun. Having people to share
your experiences with makes life fun. People who
you can trust and who encourage you to be your
best self, people who you have adventures with,
people who are there for you in good times and bad
times, those friendships make life totally awesome.


8-) New Life
Have you ever held a new-born baby? If you did
then you were holding life in its purest form. That
miniature person can put a smile on anyone’s face.




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9-) Time
If you live healthy the chances are great that you
have 70 years on this planet to learn, love, grow,
teach and do what you are passionate about.


10-) Animals
Fuzzy furry creatures or fish in an aquarium. There
are so many hundreds of types of creatures on our
planet and it is absolutely amazing to see what they
look like and how they live and act.


11-)Sushi
Sushi is one of my favourite foods! It just tastes so
good and it’s rather healthy too. Going for sushi is a
good reason why life is awesome!


12-) Pasta
The Italians got it right. All sorts of pastas,
macaronis and lasagnes. Yum!


13-) Blueberries
These little power-berries taste delicious, are really
healthy and rejuvenate your soul! Munch a few
handfuls and you’ll see what I’m talking about.




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14-) Ice-cream
It’s not often that I eat ice-cream but every now and
then I indulge. I always go to a place that has the
best ice-cream in the world (that I’ve tasted) and
eating their icy cold goodness is heavenly.


15-) Croissants
Freshly baked butter croissants. Mmm, enough said.


16-) No Limits
There are no limits to what you can achieve in life.
No matter what environment you are in and where
you were brought up, there is always possibility for
change. You could be the person who singlehandedly
changes the way that the whole world thinks or does
something. You can do anything you set your mind
to.


17-) Unpredictable
Life is a series of adventures, all totally
unpredictable. That is what makes it so much fun!
You never know what is coming next. There are ups
and there are downs, like a rollercoaster ride. It’s up
to you to make the most of it.




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18-) Scientific Breakthroughs
Constantly discovering things we never knew and
never thought possible.100 years ago people said
the automobile would never be able to go 100km/h.
Hundreds of years ago they thought that the earth
was flat. Every year we are making major break-
throughs in many different fields. How amazing is
that?


19-) Fly, Walk or Dive
We are lucky enough to be able to do what birds,
fish and land-mammals do. We can fly through the
air (planes, hangliders, skydive), we can travel
across water or be submerged in it (scuba-diving or
submarines) and we can cross land (by foot, car,
train etc).


20-) Sunsets
One of the world’s most beautiful sights is seeing the
sun set in the horizon. The bright orange and pink
spectrum of light setting the sky on fire as you sit on
the beach or lie in the grass. Guess what, it happens
every single night (except for certain places in the
world that experience only day or only night for
parts of the year)!




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21-) The Beach
Hearing the ocean, seeing the waves break on the
shore, feeling the sand between your toes and
smelling the fresh sea air is what makes the beach
so beautiful. A trip to he beach every now and then
is one of the big enjoyments of life.


22-) The Sun
That big fiery ball of gas in the sky that is
responsible for life as we know it. Feeling its warmth
and rays on our faces and allowing it go give us
beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the sun makes our
lives beautiful!


23-) Snow
It’s cold but oh so beautiful. Tiny little snowflakes
falling from the sky to cover our world in a layer of
white fluffy powder. Amazing to see and lots of fun
to play with.


24-) Tropical Islands
There is something about tropical islands that make
life totally sweet. Golden beaches, palm tress, hot
weather, aqua blue waters…




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25-) The Wonders of the World
I could list them all separately but I decided to
group them together. The Pyramid of Giza, the
gardens of Babylon, the Stone Henge and so on.
These amzing sights are so breathtaking and
inspiring that being alive and having the possibility
to see them with your own eyes is incredible.


26-) The Eiffel Tower
There are many beautiful sites and structures
around the world, but the Eiffel Tower is one that I
have been on personally. I love it and it’s really
amazing to see Paris from high up.


27-) Handstands
They’re awesome, they’re free and they take a little
skill to master.


28-) Driving Fast
There’s nothing like putting your favourite song on
full volume and driving like a demon. It makes you
forget about past and future and totally immerse
yourself in the present moment.




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29-) Playing Piano
Making music with any instrument is wonderful. I
listed piano because it is one that I play, but guitar
or violin or saxophone are options too. The ability to
create beautiful tones and combine them into a
piece of music makes life worth living!


30-) Dancing
Move your body to the music and allow the beat to
flow through you. Dancing is so much fun and can
be done by anyone of any age and any location. You
could even dance right now while sitting in your
chair reading this article!


31-) Music
I would dare say that music is life. Life is rhythm,
whether it be the breaking of the waves on the
shore or the beat of your heart. Music is all around
us. Songs have the power to transform moods in
seconds and inspire us beyond imagination.


32-) Movies
It may be a little strange to say that life is awesome
because we can watch movies. Personally I am a big
movie fan and love kicking back with some good
food and a great movie.




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33-) Life is Awesome
If you think that life is awesome, then life will be
awesome!




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          Parting Words
Once again I want to thank you for subscribing
to Upgradereality. I hope that you enjoyed
reading this ebook. Maybe you will read it
again over time or even print out certain
sections that made an impact on you.

I honestly believe that you can do anything
you set your mind to. Where there is a will,
there is a way.

Do not let life pass you by while wishing for
things to be different. The only way that things
will be different is if you make them different.
You need to take action to get to where you
want to be.

One hour a day and taking small steps will lead
to huge results over time.

Diggy
Upgradereality.com

Feel free to get in touch with me. You can say 'Hi', give me
feedback or ask me a question and I will respond to you
quickly!




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