How Fake News is Making You a Failure!

Fake News

First, let me break down my definition of Fake News. Then I’m going to point out all the reasons it’s making you a failure.

News is no longer news, its opinion based on how groups of people think. Face it, CNN, FOX, MSNBC are all pushing an agenda. And you either agree with that agenda or you do not. Before I even read an article or turn on the television I can tell you based on the source what their spin will be. The New York Times has an agenda and based on that agenda they create headlines and find reporting that backs that agenda.

My favorite fake news stories are when they quote an “unnamed source” or take a 20-minute interview and cherry pick sentences to back that agenda. Reporting pure facts without opinion accounts for about 3% of what people nowadays consider “News”.

And honestly, you are being taken advantage of. Look at your Facebook feed. How many of the “News” stories are merely click bait? Headlines are created to stir up emotion inside you so that you re-post things that in all honesty make you look like you believe in conspiracy theories.

Here are some reasons why the news can make you a failure.

It cuts into your production

I had a conversation with my developer the other day at the water cooler. BTW, this guy is behind on his development tasks. He starts talking about a few stories he read that day. The entire time he’s into his rap, I’m thinking… I’m paying this guy good money to program and he’s dicking around reading fake news instead of making his deliverables! I confronted him with this fact and he retorted with “I read it on the bus”. I told him the reason he’s behind is because he’s wasting time instead of programming.

It distracts you from goals (if you have any)

The main point here is “If you have any”. Do you have goals? Are they big goals that you are so excited about that you don’t have time for anything else? If you are reading the news, Facebook or watching TV you are not serious about achievement. Sorry, but its really that simple.

Note, if you post business related stuff on Facebook to promote yourself that’s a legitimate reason. But don’t get caught in the vortex of BS and Fake News.

Its as bad of a habit as smoking or overeating

You don’t need me to tell you that you are wasting time everyday on something that doesn’t serve you. Not to mention adding unneeded stress to your life. I know for a fact that if you have been watching the news the past year your heart rate gets elevated and its likely affecting your sleeping and personal relationships.

Choosing a side is bad for business

If you or the company you work for endorses a right or left candidate then you are cutting your potential customer base in half. I read a great letter from the CEO of IBM about a recent meeting she had with the president. Her stance is that they have been working with the government since the company was founded to make the world a better place. They have never endorsed a candidate and never will. In short, working with people leads to success in business and choosing a side is suicide.

You are waiting for things to happen instead of making things happen

If you are reading the news you are a follower. You are waiting for the next big scandal to hit. Have you ever noticed the panels they have on news shows? The experts are pontificating on what they think is happening based on incomplete facts.

If you want to be an expert in your career then I’d suggest that you start making the news instead of reading it. If you are in marketing for instance, start creating content that other marketing people would benefit from. Leadership requires that you pass along and teach others thoughtful and relevant information.

To sum it all up, the news is holding you back from having better relationships, increased business success and being a positive healthy person. Read a book, get a new hobby, work harder at your job, and spend time with your kids! Everyone says “The News is so negative”… So why are you participating?

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Jeremy Callahan The App Man

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Jeremy Callahan is the , Expert Mobile App Developer, App Marketer, Front End Engineer, Motivator who gets shit done and Inspires others!

7 Reasons I’m Attending 10x Growth Conference

10x Growth Conference Jeremy Callahan

The 10x Growth Conference is March 17 – 19 in Hollywood Florida. If you are an entrepreneur looking to take your business to the next level this is a must attend event.

As my readers know I am always striving to motivate others. The most important aspect of motivating is staying motivated personally. To stay motivated I employ a number of activities like reading, writing blogs, masterminding and of course, attending conferences. And that is why I’m pumped to be attending the 10x Growth Conference in March.

Attending conferences is a huge time and financial commitment. Most people decide to go but never take the important step of defining what their goals are by attending.

My goal in writing this blog is to let you know exactly why I am attending because I want to meet as many people as possible before I get to Miami. So please reach out to me by phone, text, email, smoke signals and let’s get the conversation going before the event.

Here are the reasons I’m attending and what I will accomplish by going.

1. To Meet Grant Cardone
2. Increase My Performance
3. Meet With Success – Speakers
4. Like-Minded Networking
5. Level Up
6. Enhance My Creativity
7. Growth Hacking

1. Meeting Grant Cardone

The creator of the 10x Growth Conference is Grant Cardone. Simply put, Grant has no time for excuses and anything less than maximum effort. If you are not where you want to be in life it your fault and you need to step up and quit making excuses and being negative. He is also a master motivator and works tirelessly towards his goals.

2. Increasing My Performance

I have three businesses running successfully. But lately I’ve been feeling that I’m not operating at the same level I was 13 months ago. Being successful requires you to fairly and accurately assess yourself. And I know that I’m not meeting my personal standard. Every time in the past I have attended a personal development conference I have came out with increased energy, focus and inspiration that has carried me for months after the event.

3. Meeting With Success

The speaker line up at this event is incredible: Damon John, Les Brown and Frank Kern to name a few. My favorite part about hearing their journeys is when they tell about all the hard times they have faced and how they broke through in the face of complete failure.

4. Like-Minded Networking

Let’s face it… Networking sucks! But it sucks a lot less when you are networking with like-minded people. I know for an absolute fact that the people attending this conference are hungry, have goals and they will stop at nothing to make them come true. I had a choice between two events to attend and I chose this event specifically because of the attendees.

5. Leveling Up

Because everyone attending this event is a goal driven success-seeking person I know that by merely being there I will “Level Up” in connections, ideas, creativity and friendships. In traditional business networking events it’s a crapshoot on whom in the room is the person you should be talking to. This event in itself will remove that barrier.

6. Enhancing My Creativity

I have plenty of ideas and everything I do is creative in nature (software development). However, attending events with like-minded people somehow seems to bring that creativity to a higher level. The conference is called 10x Growth Conference for a reason! Because everyone is there to 10x their goals, income, life… it’s a by-product that the creative energy in the room will off the charts. So I am super pumped to come

7. Growth Hacking

How do you get everyone at a conference to know who you are? I mean I’m only an attendee on a standard ticket. So how do I get every one to know that I am the recognized leader in mobile App development? Simple… GIVE, GIVE, GIVE!

In short I am creating a 10x Conference App. In addition to that I will create a post event video, blog and infographic that curates all the attendees content from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I am still working through the details and will be blogging in the following weeks prior to the conference to exactly what you can expect.

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Jeremy Callahan is the , Expert Mobile App Developer, App Marketer, Front End Engineer, Motivator who gets shit done and Inspires others!