Posts in Category: Self Help

FreedomPop: From Free Cell Phone Service to Free Wifi

FreedomPop got their start by offering their customers free cellular phone service on the Sprint network. They now wish to branch out and reach out to more possible customers by extending their services into WI-FI. In January, they turned on ten million hot spots, from fast food chains, coffee shops, and retail stores and it is projected that it will go up to twenty-five million by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 (also known as the end of March, 2015). They will at first focus on metro areas. Their customers also get unlimited telephone calls and texts while they are connected to the WI-FI. This WI-FI service will at first be only available to a certain type of phone.

The WI-FI service will only be available to Android devices in the beginning, due to the fact that they are issues with automatic WI-FI sign-in on Apple’s platform. FreedomPop’s IOS application should be updated by now. The company cannot say who is partnering with them in this endeavor and the reason for this appears to be that they are limited by the regulations of a contract. With Starbucks possibly being one of their WI-FI hotspots and getting people to pay five dollars a month for something that they can get for free in many places, FreedomPop does have some challenges ahead of them.

If they offer service at Starbucks, FreedomPop would have to partner with AT&T or Google. Talking people into paying five dollars a month also appears to not be an easy task, especially since the majority of people are happy with the free internet that they may use at many locations. Stephen Stokols, the CEO of FreedomPop believes that his company’s most current move will peak the interest of wanting to lower the cost of their data costs that are part of their Smartphone bill. They are starting small though with the plan being for them to have more than one million customers before the year is over. If they offer great service at the low price stated in the FreedomPop review, word of mouth and any advertising that they may choose to do will suffice to make this service very popular, and continue to make their company grow not only in the United States, but overseas also, if they choose to branch out to other countries.

FreedomPop wants to take the high cost of internet off your plate

You might think that it would be tough to get into the wireless Internet and mobile phone service and for the most part you’d be right. However, FreedomPop is set to change that perception and show the world that they have what it takes to break into this industry and make a name for themselves. As a wireless Internet and mobile phone provider out of Los Angeles, California FreedomPop is currently providing wireless text and voice services for big names like Sprint and Clearwire. On top of this FreedomPop also sells devices such as mobile phones, state-of-the-art tablets, and broadband devices that can be used with their service.

Founded by CEO Stephen Stokols and Sesar in 2011, FreedomPop is quickly gaining popularity in their home area as well as across the US and Europe. They are also backed by some big names such as Mangrove Capital, Atomico, and Doll Capital Management. Where there were rumors in 2014 that Sprint Corporation was considering the acquisition of FreedomPop (as reported by GigaOm) nothing emerged to verify this claim until recently when it was announced by USA today that Sprint is indeed in talks to buy the company. As of this writing FreedomPop continues to serve the US and Europe for their wireless Internet and mobile phone needs as an independent entity.

Notable achievements of FreedomPop include the fact that in its first month of selling smart phones it converted 5% of its free users to paid users. This number doubled the following month to 10% and doubled again the next month to %20. This kind of growth is exceptional for a start up company. The year after it partnered with Sprint and was able to take advantage of their 3G and 4G networks with Sprint compatible devices. Recently FreedomPop has released its own self-branded low-cost line of tablets and smartphones.

Going forward the future looks bright for FreedomPop. The company is valued at between $250 and $450 million. If the buyout with Sprint goes through it is unknown whether FreedomPop will continue to operate under its own brand or if its assets will be simply absorbed into the Sprint brand. Until that time FreedomPop continues to provide its customers with free 4G data, text, and voice plans for tablet users of the iPad Mini and Samsung Tablet 3. The offer also extends to those who bring their own Sprint compatible device. They also have announced that they have plans to offer SIM card based plans as well.

Intereste in FreedomPop but don’t trust me? Check out these Amazon reviews or shop FreedomPop on GooglePlay or iTunes

Live Your Own Life

 

Have ever found out that someone you admire is not everything that you imagined? Sometimes in life we have idols or mentors that can shape our future. Some people actually worship every word that a particular person says. Living a life idolizing someone else is extremely unfulfilling.

While it is good to have a role model, your life should not be based on someone else’s. You must walk your own path in this life. That person that you admire cannot live your life for you. You must search for your own destiny. You cannot waste anymore time dwelling on anything but your own calling.

If you want to be remembered as someone special, you must be willing to walk alone. As of right now, you may not think that you are important, but you are definitely wrong. Surely there is something special about you. You probably have a talent that you do not wish to pursue.

Everyone has a hidden talent, and if you do not use what the universe has given you, time will quickly wash away your future. The fact that you are alive and healthy is a special privilege that many sick and dying people beg for. You must be brave and believe in yourself. You cannot put your dreams and aspirations in the hands of someone else.

If there is someone that you greatly admire, you should try and copy all of their good qualities. You cannot afford to live through someone else anymore though. It is your time to inspire the rest of the world. As Sergio Andrade Gutierrez says, “Carpe Diem.”

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A Key Way to Lower Your Risk for Depression

Depression affects millions of Americans each year. Not only is depression dangerous and unhealthy for the individual who is suffering from it, but it can also be troublesome for the people around that person. Families are broken apart from depression, careers are lost and people fall into terrible cycles that are hard to get out of.

But there is something that can prevent you and your loved ones from falling into any sort of depression. It is exercise. Now, we’ve always known that exercise can help prevent depression. It’s easy to assume that treating yourself kindly means letting yourself sit on the couch all day and eat potato chips. Sometimes, this is okay. But most of the time, giving yourself respect and treating your body and mind right means getting some hard work done. This hard work is often exercise.

Those who participated in the study also saw other amazing results. Most of the participants were already suffering from depressive symptoms, but they saw their symptoms go down drastically. Some individuals even lost weight, which could be another huge benefit and one that Christian Broda wants everybody to note. It might be hard the first few times, but if you can just get up off the couch and make it to the gym or even do 20 minutes of a workout video in the comfort of your own home, you’ll be better off. Make it a point this week to get your 3 sessions of exercise in, and see what it can do for your mind, body and spirit.

Great Comic Might Change Your Mind About Self-Help Books

As I read through my inbox, and am inundated with questions from people about self-help, and news stories related to Michael Brown, Incorporate Olympic Valley and many other things, I realize there are a lot of people that could benefit from exploring themselves.

That’s the nature of self-help books. There are so many people that are emotionally, or even mentally lost, that have given up, or that have just failed to reach their potential.

Yumi Sakugawa utilized her unique artistic gift, to craft a comic that’s all about waking up and realizing the pivotal role that you play in the universe. How important life is, and how important it is for you to feel your true, and full self worth. You can check out the rest of the comic here, and it’s something that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Inspiration Quotes From Gene Simmons

While it’s a somewhat unexpected source, but Gene Simmons’ new self-help book has some really brilliant and inspiring quotes. Including some of these gems:

Ladies, first and foremost: you’re on your own. No more rules neatly laid out for you to follow. You have to make up YOUR OWN rules

 

If you look at YOURSELF as the brand, then you will understand an intrinsic truth: People judge.

The problem you ultimately want to have, as an entrepreneur, is deciding who to help, not deciding who can help you.

There are a ton more, but you have to buy the book to see everything that he has to say. Definitely worth a read though, and Andrew Heiberger turned me on to his writing.

The Number One Thing Self Help Books Seem To Forget

There are a ton of great self help books on the market, from tons of brilliant authors, like Deepak Chopra and the like. However, all of them seem to ignore the biggest part of changing your nature: You’re going to screw it up.

Nobody makes the transition into a new person easily. There’s going to be hardship, you’re going to fail, and you’re going to have some truly awful days where you’re not on track at all. However, self improvement books don’t really cover this part of the problem.

You have to realize that even if you’re trying to be a better person, sometimes there’s a right time to get mad, to be rude to someone, etc.

The books rarely cover this, but you have to be realistic. Bettering yourself is one of the most positive things that you can do with your life.

4 Tips For Long Term Health

Talking to healthcare professional Brian Torchin, I’ve compiled this quick list of things that you can do to be much more healthy today, and in the long term. How you take care of yourself today is vital to how you’re going to find yourself 10, 20, or even 30 years down the line.

Here are 4 easy ways that you can significantly improve your health in the long term:

  1. Preventative care is everything.

Don’t wait to take care of your health, instead, you need to start taking care of yourself now. It’s a lot cheaper to go for a check-up at the doctor, and identify potential problems now, than it is for you to go when you’re already in trouble. The cost of preventative care is significantly less than treatment, so always do what you can to stay healthy and fit today.

  1. Stay away from refined sugars.

They are basically poison for your body, and are really bad for your heart. Things like soda, fruit juice, ketchup, are all very high in refined sugars. These are the things that you want to stay away from for your weight, and heart health.

  1. Be smart about dairy consumption.

There is some dairy that’s very good for you, and some that’s really not good for you. 2% milk, most cheeses, etc can be really bad for your heart. However, yogurt contains a lot of healthy bacteria that’s a necessity for your digestive health.

  1. Yoga is your best friend.

The best possible exercise that you can do for your health and longevity is yoga. It’s ideal for stretching muscles that typically don’t get a workout, and it also increases your overall strength and flexibility.

Wristband Delivers Electric Shocks When You Start Slacking

Have you had trouble keeping focused at work some days? Do you wish your job came with a little bit more physical punishment? Are you willing to send jolts of electricity through your body at random times during the day?

They’ve recently passed their $50,000 funding goal on Indiegogo, so we’re likely to see the bracelet in the near future.

The bracelet is set up to help you track certain goals. Whether it’s focusing at work, quitting smoking, or even keeping your heart rate up at the gym.

Reminds me of a few friends I know that could use a kick in the butt at work sometimes. Looking at you Khaled Shaheen. I know being an investment banker isn’t always the most glamorous of jobs, but you have to find a way to stay awake somehow.

Being Single Isn’t Without It’s Health Benefits

We’ve all read a ton of articles about how healthy relationships can make you. Jared Haftel was showing me one just the other day.

However, as more and more people remain single, there are some interesting studies that point to this lifestyle as being a healthy one as well, but in different ways.

For example, because single people are more under constant pressure to look their best, they are more likely to exercise, and less likely to experience weight gain. Whereas people in relationships are at a much higher risk for both.

When you’re single, you’re also likely to have a larger network of close friends, probably due to the fact that you’re more available to be a friend.

But it’s not all great, as you’re actually more at risk for heart disease, and even survival after a major surgery. While it’s not entire clear as to how both directly tie into one’s relationship status, the fact remains that studies find you are 5% more likely to die from a heart attack while single.