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Best Pages to Follow on Instagram for Motivation

Want to follow the most inspirational accounts on Instagram?

Then you are in the right place. Some times we need a little pick me up in our social media feeds. After countless hours of perusing, I have been able to come across some of the best pages (some known and some best kept secrets) so I figured I would help the next entrepreneur (or curious mind) and share what I have found. There are categories that I have included in the short description of each page,that way you can have a head’s up on what type of account I am referring to (consider it your cheat sheet for skimming through).

 

Enjoy!

Here are the top 10 Instagram accounts to follow for everyday motivation

10. @Life_Playground

For those days you are looking for a little motivation in the form of expensive taste, Life Playground reminds me of the happy feeling you get when you open a gift from someone you weren’t expecting a gift from. I simply love the images this page uses to inspire!

 

9. @Avantstyle (Lifestyle/ Photography page)

Sometimes you just want to look at captivating images that make you stop dead in your feed, and Avant Style definitely delivers. I enjoy how this page captures moments (some staged but some are not). And of course it is always a breath of fresh air when you see some very stylish looks (at least I know it motivates me to shop).

 

8. @Successdiaries (Motivation Quotes and Stories Page)

The mini motivation of short quote graphics has been done so many times on Instagram, but Success Diaries has found a way to mix in some great story telling in between the clever quotes. Plus, the picture association seems to be pretty on point for each quote (which has become something so important to me for some reason).

 

7. @Garyvee (The personal page of Investor, Speaker, and Author Gary Vaynerchuk)

If you haven’t heard about Gary Vee’s Instagram page, I am absolutely sure that it was coming. Being one of the most famous digital stars of our time, and overall passionate businessman, Gary Vaynerchuk gets a lot of attention for his approach to motivation. Be careful if you are looking for a cookie cutter style of motivation, because this is not where you will find it. His mix of quote graphics, videos and stories make Gary Vee’s IG one of the best out there.

6. @Successblueprint (Motivation Quotes and Photography Page)

Not your ordinary quote page. Success Blueprint is one of the few pages that demands engagement with their powerful imagery, short and sweet quotes and realistic questions. What I personally love about this page is its ability show up in my feed exactly when I need those couple of words of encouragement.

 

5. @the_collection1 (Lifestyle and car Page)

The Collection is one of those lifestyle pages that give you a focused approach to motivation- through material means. This is definitely the car connoisseur’s page. With beautiful imagery and unique rides, The Collection definitely motivates  to attain some serious wheels at the very least.

 

4. @Blakescott_ (Lifestyle brand page)

Where fashion meets motivation. Blake Scott’s life is absolutely amazing and he does us the justice of sharing bits of it on his Instagram page. This page is one that is both visually aesthetic and motivational. I mean, I am working overtime to get that view of New York he has. Like, seriously.

 

 

3. @foundr (Media and Motivation Page)

One of my all time favorite pages on Instagram has  to be Foundr Magazine. After looking for great entrepreneurial pages to follow I stumbled upon  this gem. Not only does Foundr do a great job of sharing memorable quote graphics, they also keep you on your toes with the great interviews they conduct in each issue of the magazine. Be sure you give them a peek when you get a chance, promise you won’t regret it.

 

2.@Fastcompany (News and Media Page)

At first glance, Fast Company’s Instagram looks like a well put together yearbook with all the cool kids of the entrepreneurial world. But with further investigation, you will find that Fast Company is one of the best story telling pages on Instagram. And I’m not talking about some “how I got rich overnight” type stories either. I am talking about some real “how I got over” type stories from all angles and backgrounds. Simply beautifully put together, I must say. And definitely motivating.

 

1.@cereal.entrepreneur (Media and Publishing Page)

Last but certainly not least, Cereal Entrepreneur has been consistent with the positive messages, impressive imagery, and motivating content. I love Cereal because they always seem to find the balance between quote graphics and interesting featured content. I have found some of the most inspiring stories on Cereal that have lead to me following more people in the marketing industry. By far the best page for inspiration on Instagram in my opinion.

 

 

Be on the lookout for these new and developing motivational pages:

  1. @Engineered.luxury
  2. @Millionaire_Professor
  3. @Executionsociety
  4. @exaltedcapital
  5. @premieremotivation

What pages do you follow on Instagram? Let me know what inspires you in the comments below!

 

Website Warrior Week Day One- Exploring Wix Website Builder- Donut Socialite

Building Your Free Website on WIX | Website Warrior Week Series- Day One

Website Warrior Week Day One- Exploring Wix Website Builder- Donut Socialite

Need a Website but Don’t Have the Budget to Get One Built?

 

Starting a business takes a lot. You have to put a ton of hours into research and development, buy all of your products, worry about overhead, supplies, resources and tools- the list can go on and on.

So it’s no wonder some small business owners don’t have the time or energy to worry about the company website. The bummer is, with all of the start up costs, most business owners will have to cut costs in order to grow.

We have heard starter companies say that they have had to find a way to creatively get all of their digital branding done pro bono or for a fraction of the price because they understand the importance of a digital presence, but they simply can’t afford to hire a web designer to develop a full site at the moment.

It happens. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great first impression online because you were taking care of business in every other way.

That is why we have put together the Website Warrior Week Series, where we help small business owners learn the ropes with the best FREE website builders on the market. Even if you do not have a background in design/development, this series is designed for you to get a grasp on how to create your own beautiful, fully functional website on a budget.

Every day we have tackled a different platform so you can have a choice of which one seems more your style plus we go over some of the most common concerns for each website builder.

Website Warrior Week Session Number One- Wix

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Session Number 1: Wix

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Website Warrior Week:

Day One- Wix Walkthrough 

Metrics We Covered

These are the specific things we were looking for to help break down the process for you.

  1. User Friendliness
  2. Ease of Sign Up
  3. Language- Can I understand it without Googling it
  4. Look of design
  5. Variety of options

 

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Each metric is broken down below. The scale is from least favorable to most favorable (1-5) and we go into detail as to what some of the most common issues or concerns are with the platform. Finally, we solve these issues as best we can with what the platform gives us, that way it doesn’t get too complicated for you as an user.

User Friendliness (4.25)

Wix is best known for their drag and drop features and variety of website templates. After signing up, it was fairly easy to choose a template and get started on the build of the site, but it was a little confusing on how to access each page initially. Also, on first sight the element tool bar was a bit difficult to understand. But once you find the pages (top menu drop down option) and get a hang of the functions of the tool bar, Wix is pretty simple.

Ease of Sign Up (5.0)

The easiest part of using Wix has to be the sign up. There were two options for sign up- your email or your social media as a touch point- and you can even use your Gmail account if you are already signed in. Definitely a great start to building your site.

Language- Can I understand it without Googling it (3.50)

This is where Wix needs some improvement. As a first time user, it can be a little confusing on what some of the terms really mean. For example, http://donutsocialite.com/building-your-free-website-on-wix-website-warrior-week-series-day-one/

Look of design (4.50)

The overall look of the design is great! With the right template, your site can really shine and  give off a great first impression of your company.

Variety of options (4.0)

There were a good amount of options for the templates, fonts, and options to build  the site. If this is someone’s first time building a site, it can be somewhat overwhelming because of all of the add-on functions, but if you are willing to play around on the platform, it will be well worth the curiosity.

 

Conclusion

All in all, Wix is a great way to get your business online on a strict budget. The platform has a very simple interface that is user friendly. There were a few small quirks that made the platform a bit confusing as a first time user- such as the word choice for certain functions and  the access to tools being in different locations- but overall a good experience.

 

Out of 5, Wix gets a 4.25 

 

Do you use Wix? How do you like the platform? Let us know your regards in the comments below!

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Goals are meant to be crushed 2017 Donut Socialite Blog

How to Set Goals and Crush Them 2017

Goals are meant to be crushed 2017 Donut Socialite Blog

Goals are meant to be Crushed

You have been here before. You make New Year’s resolutions, you constantly set out goals for yourself, and you fall short. Isn’t that frustrating? Well, you can kiss those days goodbye because today we are going to break the habit of failure FOR GOOD.

Are My Goals Too Big?

There are so many people who honestly think that they need to scale down their goals in order to accomplish them because the goal is just “too big.” Well, we are going to challenge that idea. Dream big. Make HUGE goals. But learn how to manage the responsibility of a HUGE goal. That is where this guide comes in.

Building the Foundation for your Goals

You will need  to get the grounding together in order to crush your goals – of any size- this year. Meaning, you will need some essentials in order to get this ball rolling. Here we have broken down the process into the main categories that we will focus on to actually get things done this year.

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Organization & Planning

Get the thoughts out your head and into action

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Motivation & Accountability

Gather up the nerve to get your goals done 2017

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Execution & Results

Doing action items that matter and see results.

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1. Organizing

You have an idea of what your goals are. Great! The next step is to organize your thoughts and start planning.

A great tool that we have found super useful to help organize thoughts, ideas, and especially goals is the app mindmeister. This app allows you to do some serious mind mapping and sync across your phone and desktop/laptop when you are conjuring up your concepts. It is available to both Apple and Android users and has a great user friendly website.

If you are more of a pen to paper type person, we still advise mind mapping. It will help you figure out what ideas you are serious about right now and tie ideas together so you can have a more focused goal for the year.

When you are getting your ideas on paper (or screen), be sure you are asking yourself these questions:

  1. How long does this goal take realistically?
  2. Will I need to learn new information to accomplish this goal?
  3. Do I know anyone who has already accomplished this goal?
  4. Have I had this goal in the past? What can I learn from my past mistakes?
  5. What ideas tie into one another? Can I accomplish multiple goals with one action?

Once you have a clear understanding of these questions and have your focused goals written down, you can start planning for how to get these goals accomplished. You next step is planning

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2. Planning

Now that you have narrowed down your goals to focused ideas and concepts, it is time to get your plan on! Planning can be an excruciating process, but I have found some really cool ways to make it less painful. One of those ways is to use tools that help you stay focused on the road ahead.

My favorite tool is the website/ app Evernote. If you have not been introduced to Evernote, let me be the first to let you know it has been a heaven send.

If you have been using Evernote and you are familiar with some of the awesomeness, but have not found a rhythm with the platform, don’t worry, all hope is not lost.

For both instances, I have done a video on some of the best features I have found on Evernote that have helped me get stuff done. Seriously. You can check out that video here.

I used to be overwhelmed by how much I could do on Evernote when I was introduced to it back in 2013, but now I don’t know what I would do without it. So with that being said, I fully suggest that anyone who is trying to crush their goals use Evernote to do so.

Here is a screenshot of how I use my Evernote account to plan out a goal:
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A little basic at first sight, I know. But let me explain how this works. The way I plan out a goal is to take the end result I want and plan backwards. Meaning, if I wanted to lose 12 pounds in 3 months, I would break it down into how many pounds I would have to lose each month to accomplish the goal. Then I would take it a step further and see how many pounds that equals in a week.

From here I can determine so much more about what I have to do in order to get the goal done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This way I can plan effectively to crush my goal and set some hard deadlines.

 

Don’t worry, some goals require less research or extra work to plan. The major take away is to reverse engineer your goals so you can see the timeline and workload required to get the job done.

Oh! Before we move on let me share this little gem.

Another app that I use to save time in the long run is “Remember the Milk.” This app allows me to set up reminders in my phone for all of the day to day tasks I need to get done for my goals. “Remember the Milk” has been a major helper in planning for my goals.

 

Here is a screenshot of what the app looks like:
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Now that we have covered Planning, we are ready for the next step; Motivation and Accountability. The things that are going to really help you get stuff done in 2017

 

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3. Motivation & Accountability

So now we have learned how to take our ideas and make them into focused goals, plan out our goals, and start to execute our goals, but the most important piece (in my opinion) is being able to keep the momentum after all of the initial work. The best way I have found (that has literally changed the way I operate in all aspects especially my goal crushing) is having an accountability partner.

An accountability partner is someone who will hold you to your word when you set out to crush your goals. This person is also very honest about what they see in your habits.

I have a quick checklist of what traits my accountability partner has to possess in order to be my accountability partner. If you need more details on this, check out my article on “How to Pick the Right Accountability Partner.”

  1. The person has to be determined to reach their goals
  2. The person has to be honest & transparent
  3. The person has to be able to accept criticism
  4. The person has to be trustworthy

Conversely, I have to be these traits to my accountability partner as well. Remember, it should always be a mutually beneficial relationship.

After you speak with your accountability partner you will be surprised at how big a difference it makes when you can share your small victories with someone who is listening critically. The best benefit of having an accountability partner is having someone who can help you organize your thoughts and processes for achieving your goals.

Right now I have a weekly checkin with my accountability partner. Try it out on a weekly basis and see if you need more checkins.

In addition to having an accountability partner, it is important that you set your self up for success by staying motivated.

Keep yourself around motivating people, environments and situations so you can make sure you are constantly reminded of you goals. If you are looking for some motivation on social media, I have found the most motivating pages you can follow.

It is also a good practice to let your friends and family know that you are seriously pursuing your goals and get morale support. Sometimes our closest friends and family don’t know that we have a masterplan so it is always good to give them the heads up.

 

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4. Execution & Results

Congrats! You are now equipped with the tools to successfully CRUSH your goals in 2017! We now have turned our ideas into concrete goals, taken those goals and broke them down into actionable items by planning. We have recruited an accountability partner to help us stay on track and we have changed our environment to keep ourselves focused. Now we have to continue to execute and make it happen everyday so that 2017 can be the best year yet!

Just remember, you are well worth the results of  your labor!

Still Need Help?

 

After your first deadline if you still need some guidance, feel free to reach out. We are here to help. In the meantime, check out our free “Evernote Guide for the Super Goal Oriented.” You will find a ton of value in some of the tools we have mastered in Evernote.


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How to gain more Followers on Twitter

You: How do I gain more Followers on Twitter?

Me: Be One with Twitter

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Are you on Twitter but can’t seem to figure out how to gain more followers?

 

Well, you are in luck.

 

I am going to go through 5 steps that will help you gain 100 followers in a week. Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to more followers on Twitter.

 

Why do I want more followers on Twitter?

  1. Having more followers on Twitter helps you get your message out. The more people you have following you, the more people who will see your content and potentially share it to their network
  2. Be a part of a bigger conversation. Sometimes followers bring up issues and topics that may not be that obvious to us when we first post something
  3. Create leverage with your Twitter page and become an influencer. True it will only be 100 followers this week, but over time you can create some real steam that can mean 100’s of thousands of followers for you. More followers mean more leverage online and more notoriety. Speaking of which
  4. More credibility. When others see you increase your following, they will automatically think, “hey! who is this person and why do people want to follow them?”

First things first—-

A Quick Checklist for Your Profile

  • Make sure your profile is complete with a Bio and a profile picture. No one likes an “Egg”
  • Be sure you have a link in the website portion that either connects to your website or profile on another social media site
  • Follow at least 25 accounts that you have genuine interest in. Twitter suggests some of the most popular accounts when you sign up but you want to be sure you are following accounts YOU want to see content from.

 

Remember, Twitter is a great environment for your personality (however you would describe it) so treat this as a first conversation every time you tweet something. The rule of thumb is “best foot forward.”

 

Okay, now you’re ready for the flood of followers!

These 5 steps will get you 100 Twitter followers in a week. Ready?

  1. Find an influential person on Twitter that is in your same field of work (or that you admire)
  2. Scroll their account and find a topic they are talking about that you also know about
  3. “Reply all” to the tweet (Meaning add you value to the conversation and ‘Reply’ to all who have replied directly to the tweet–don’t worry Twitter allows you to ‘Reply All’ when you hit Reply.
  4. Keep the conversation going. Add links and references for your thought process.
  5. Follow the followers who interest you the most.

***Repeat steps for a different page/ person/ subject that interests you.***

You can literally do this for hashtags, people, companies, political leaders, etc. It is a good practice to only choose interests that are most aligned with yours.

 

And just like that, you will gain 100 new followers this week.

 

NOTE: Do not use your powers for evil.

Always be sure to practice good judgement in having conversations with strangers. You do not want to come off the wrong way, plus you only have 140 characters. So make it count!

 

Hope this helps! I was able to grow my personal Twitter account to about 10.6k in a few months using this method.

 

Let me know how it worked for you!

Leave a comment below.