How To Take A Break From Facebook?

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We live in a time where social networks have become the source of all daily information, entertainment, and, unfortunately, our daily source of socialization. So how do you take a break from Facebook?

The best way to quit your Facebook usage and to take a break from it is to uninstall the app from your phone. The next step is to delete the Facebook bookmark from your browser favorites if you have one. The important thing here is that you delete these quick accesses to Facebook, and eventually, you are able to take a break from it.

We all sometimes feel the need for more spoken word and conversation with our loved ones, we yearn for the old, good form of thought exchange, which isn’t only based on comments beneath someone’s Facebook post. 

If you’ve noticed that you spend most of your free time scrolling the endless feed on Facebook, then it’s time for a break from social networks and a little bit of real socialization.

Facebook shouldn’t cause addiction, or at least we shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel that way. It’s one kind of a habit, for which we need slow rehab. 

Simply, promise yourself that you’ll spend one day without social networks and then turn that into a weekend. After a while, it can turn into a whole week, when you decide to spend your time with your friends, go on long walks or read a good book on marketing, when you come home from work. 

We miss so much by scrolling down the Facebook home feed, but all we really need to do is delete the app and use our phones solely for communication purposes, which they were originally meant for.

One thing that could help you, so that Facebook doesn’t take away your focus so much, is to turn off notifications (if you are unable to delete the app altogether, I don’t have it on my phone currently). There will be a difference: you’ll open the app (or desktop version) less frequently, as long as you receive fewer notifications.

Remember the old, good SMS and try to set up your meeting via it, in order to dial down the usage of Facebook. It’s really important to meet people and create new contacts, but it’s also important that it happens in the real world rather than a virtual one (which generally isn’t the case). 

That’s why it’s fundamental that you try and take a break from Facebook socialization and surround yourself with new people. In time, you’ll notice that, in a spontaneous way, you’ve made many new acquaintances, instead of watching aimlessly at your phone.

When you take a break from Facebook, you’ll realize how long it has been since you enjoyed the things you used to like. When was the last time that you, after a long day at work, sat in your chair, and drank a cup of warm coffee, went over your own thoughts, and made some new conclusions? 

When was the last time you took the time to read that book, which was recommended by your friend (I recommend reading Seth Godin’s “This Is Marketing” -it’s so good!)? It’s been a while, right? Well, now it’s time to turn the bad habits into good ones.

When you yearn to be online again, remember the real reasons that make you enjoy Facebook and then limit your usage or, better yet, cut it altogether.

It’s also important to remember to focus on what you actually follow/read on Facebook and how much influence those posts have on your life. 

In order for social networks to have a positive impact on your life, clean up your friends’ list and pages so that you’re left with posts you can actually enjoy, without any negative connotations. 

Clean it up from negative influence, because negative influence from Facebook is being transferred unconsciously into our real lives. That’s usually the first “wake-up” call, which leads us to the desire to take a break from the virtual world.

When you take a break from the virtual world, turn around and study the changes that start to happen: question how you feel, do you feel good, and like a heavy weight has been lifted from your chest. If you start feeling better (and you notice that), focus on using Facebook more intelligently, so that you have more time to enjoy your day and your life.

Think about all the free time you’ll get. Always wanted to play that instrument or get better at your online business? 

Use the internet smartly and discover all the books you always wanted to read that can help you on your road to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Invest in yourself and your time – it will pay out faster than you think.

Here’s a list on 7 concise and ultimate reasons for taking a break from Facebook:

Facebook makes you focus more on others, rather than yourself

One of the main problems with Facebook is the bombardment with too many requests and information. Whether they are prom photos or posts about someone’s new, shiny car, Facebook makes you compare yourself (and your achievements) to others.

Many studies have shown that an individual that spends a lot of his time on Facebook and social networking, after some time, starts to feel anxious, tired, or has a low self-esteem.

Besides that, many people with whom we’re connected on Facebook aren’t really that close to a “real friendship.” The point is: you shouldn’t spend so much time wondering what others are doing, especially if they’re not friends who are actively integrated into our daily lives. Instead, focus on the fulfillment of your own personal goals.

Facebook shows you the altered version of reality

Most of the things we see on Facebook aren’t really connected to positive thoughts or happy moments. We don’t see the real, full picture of other people, all the hard times and falls, but their beautified (and fake) lives. 

As a result, many people who use Facebook can fall into their trap, trying to present their own lives as more glamorous and perfect than they really are. We’ve all seen those “lambo” and “private jet” photos. 

But guess what! Those didn’t come from watching other people’s Facebook updates.

Facebook makes you feel like your happiness depends on others.

Usage of Facebook is very dangerous because you can become dependent on others’ validation – that is to say, a constant confirmation from others. 

Your happiness should be mainly dependent on the fact that you’re enjoying yourself or not, in a certain situation and not how others feel. For example: if you go out and eat a fantastic meal, you should be happy because you tasted some great food and not because you have over 100 likes on the photo of the meal you’ve posted. 

Unfortunately, many people who use social networks tend to receive this kind of attention, which can become a form of addiction.

Facebook doesn’t allow healthy interaction with friends

If you really care about your friends, then you should do more than writing “Happy birthday” on their timeline and liking their last Facebook post.

Social media can’t help you develop or keep true friendships. Facebook interaction is usually very shallow and doesn’t have a real impact on our thoughts of someone as a real friend. 

I advise you to spend more time with them in real life or contact them in a more direct and personal way (even a video call can be a good beginning).

Facebook can distract you

Social media often prevents us from paying attention to what’s really going on around us. We’re sure that you’ve gone out for dinner, and your friend was constantly typing something on his phone. 

As a result, an unpleasant atmosphere is created, which can lead to a bad night out. It’s really easy to develop this bad habit. It distracts you from taking part in much better and happier moments.

If you’re at a concert and constantly post on Facebook about it, aren’t you, in fact, disrupting the work of a great artist? Or, if you go hiking and keep stopping every once in a while to take a selfie, aren’t you, in fact, missing a chance to enjoy nature and all of its beauties? Think about that.

And I haven’t even mentioned what it does to your online business. Or do I even need to?

I guess you can read between the lines that if your time doesn’t go to your online business, it goes somewhere else, and that time will not grow your business. It’s that simple.

Facebook turns your life into a public one

We’re prone to forgetting almost everything we do on Facebook, but everything we post and like stays there for good.

This can be problematic at the moment when we want to make all of our content private and hidden (from parents or business partners) so that they wouldn’t see the certain aspects of our daily lives.

Even if you limit your posts on Facebook, a question pops up: is it the safest solution now when you’ve already uncovered so much information about your life?

Facebook can make it hard for you to move on with your life

Sometimes, social networks don’t allow us to go on with our lives and forget the bad, unwanted past. The ugly part of that past can be an Ex that you can’t forget easily if you constantly look at photos of him/her with someone else. In order to truly move on, you have to remove all the distractions that are around you.

A final note 

In conclusion, here’s what you should remember:

  • Facebook posts rarely depict the realness of the world
  • The reality is much more chaotic, complex and beautiful
  • You’re probably only what you want others to see
  • Social networks show only the good side, not the bad or an ugly one
  • Time away from your business is time away from growth
  • Facebook can be a distraction and distraction is the opposite of focus

Remember that what others post isn’t proof of their happiness and that they live these perfect lives. Of course, some people can openly post about their mess, but it’s only a short term depiction of the events. Photos or videos of 15 seconds cannot encompass the complexity of life and business.

The chaotic emotions of being an entrepreneur and making the best of every day. You don’t see the tough decision on Facebook, and these are made daily, but that’s not for you to see.

Social networks are filtered and constructed versions of reality. So, don’t let your fear of missing out on something destroy your mental health and your free time.

Think about how much you can do – the possibilities are endless, but only when you focus on the right stuff.

10+ Online Course Examples For Online Businesses

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This post will be very different from what you are used to seeing online. We will cover some of the most robust, badass, super courses you can get online.

These are not your typical enroll in a course to learn a skill or two. These courses give results that are just stupendous. While some of the courses might be case studies, the case studies presented are still one of those jaw-dropping ones.

These courses are not cheap, and they are not for everyone. I would even dare to say that those high achievers that want to elevate their life, finance, and freedom to another level. These courses are for you.

This list wasn’t the easiest to compile, but with thorough and extensive industry knowledge and some rigorous searching. I was able to find courses that rock.

While we do have to remember that these courses promise some impressive results, it’s always up to the student to get those results.

Many of these courses were created by millionaires or multi-millionaires. So there are lessons that could be life-changing experiences.

There are plenty of customer results, and some of them are downright insane. However, with these kinds of courses, you have to be careful as everyone starts to from different situations in their lives.

So while someone else could receive results, it doesn’t guarantee that you will. Some of these courses do master the art of persuasion and could suck you into their world. So be cautious.

But let’s get started with the courses. 

1. Frank Kern

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Frank Kern is the creator of Behavioral Dynamic Response. BDR is an automated marketing method that speeds the sales cycle by customizing marketing messages based on the prospect’s behavior.

Frank is known for copywriting and direct response marketing (email marketing). He’s born in 1973 and has four kids. His net worth is estimated to be around $28M.

Below are some of his products and courses:

Mass conversion

  • Price at time of writing: $2,997
  • Four-week online training that teaches you how to create lead magnets to different customers. It also shows you how to do upsells, cross-sells in an automated way with qualified leads. 
  • Level: Beginner to intermediate

Info business blueprint

  • Price at the time of writing: $2,997
  • Five-week online training that shows you how to choose the ideal digital product type for your market. The training will also show you how to create content efficiently, validate the idea, and how to outline your product content. 
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced

Client acquisition system

  • Price at the time of writing: $3,997
  • Five-week online training program specifically made for consultants, coaches, and professional service providers. This training program is all about getting those highly valued clients and making sure you charge the right amount of money per client. Training also includes an omnipresence strategy to attract the right prospects to you and convert them to highly interested leads.
  • Level: intermediate to advanced

Ultimate webinar blueprint

  • Price at the time of writing: $2,997
  • A 28-day online course that shows you how to leverage the power of webinars to sell your services and products. The training shows you how to make sure the cold lead is warmed up in the right to make sure there is trust established between you and the potential customer. 
  • Level: Beginner to intermediate

Thoughts: The courses are priced at the high end and are those premium courses that you could expect from a multi-millionaire. At the time of writing, there were no customer testimonials visible on the sales page. Also, I couldn’t see a rating for the courses, so it’s up to the buyer to figure out if the courses are worth the price or not.

2. Smart Marketer by Ezra Firestone

Ezra is the CEO of Smart Marketer, and he owns several businesses, has a loving marriage, and an awesome team behind him to operate the business with him. The company now has roughly 40 employees all over the world and generates somewhat $20M annually. 

The smart marketer has plenty of courses to choose from. You can also select coaching, membership, software, or free mini-courses from the Smart Marketer’s’ product catalog.

Below are some of the courses:

Smart email marketing 2.0

  • Price at the time of writing: $1,497
  • This is a 6-week online course that focuses on growing your eCommerce business. There are more than six modules to go through and will show different strategies to get customers from cold to warm and eventually to a happy customer. The course will also show various autoresponders for post-purchase, pre-purchase, hot-list, cart abandonment, among others.

Smart Google traffic

  • Price at the time of writing: $997
  • This is a 5-module training that shows you how to use Google’s insane reach to create brand awareness and convert new customers. Training includes AdWords, Search, Display Network, Shopping, and YouTube advertising.

Smart social

  • Price at the time of writing: $1,497
  • This is an 8-week intensive training where you will learn the strategies and content funnels Ezra used to generate $40M in two years. While also showing you how it was done with a 45% repeat customer rate.

3. Clickminded

Clickminded is a company run by two guys Tommy Griffith and Eduardo Yi. Clickminded is all about traffic, SEO, and digital marketing. There’s not too much info about the company, but the main focus seems to be on SEO. It also seems like the homepage follows a simple persuasion tactic called “one sentence persuasion.” But with that aside, let’s look at the courses.

Clickminded SEO course

  • Price at the time of writing: $497 or $997
  • It seems like you can either select lifetime access to one course or buy the bundle that has all Clickminded courses also including lifetime access. The courses include email marketing, Google analytics, content marketing, social media, paid advertising, SEO course, and mini-courses. The focus is on SEO and increasing sales from every digital marketing channel.

4. Million Dollar Creation by Peng Joon

Peng Joon is a multi-millionaire, and while it could be thought that he went on to become a millionaire in a year or two, it took more than a decade to get to that level of success. Rather than trying to do things on a whim and rushing into things, his approach was to get better one step at a time. 

Million Dollar Creation

  • Price at the time of writing: $2,497/year
  • The program consists of four different stages. Starting from lead capturing and attracting the right leads. This is followed by generating your first sale with replicable results. The third stage is where you start scaling your business from 5-figures to 6-figures. Ending with the fourth stage, where you will scale from 6-figures to 7-figures.

5. Course From Scratch by Danielle Leslie

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If you are wanting to create your own online course and want a step-by-step plan to do so. Course From Scratch provides a proven plan for creating your own online course, and visiting the site shows that people do get real results with the course. The course has over 300 success stories. What should be noted, though, is that the courses’ official facebook group has roughly 3.5K members on it? Meaning that the success rate is somewhat 9%. Meaning that 1/10 people will get results with the course.

Course From Scratch

  • Price at the time of writing: $1,997
  • The course has six modules that will teach you all about MVC (minimum viable course), culture add, mindset, email list building, content creation, and conversions. All in all, the course will take you through from the very beginning of course creation to selling your course. While it’s not guaranteed that you will make sales, you are given all the tools and knowledge to get the best shot at nailing it with your course.

6. The High-Ticket Drop Shipping Masterclass by Trevor Fenner

Trevor has been building and running eCommerce stores for over ten years and is currently focused on Shopify to run his business. Trevor is the co-creator of eCommerce Paradise and offers courses, DFY (done-for-you) services as well as coaching. Courses are all about dropshipping, while the services focus on email marketing and google ads. The coaching part is for conversion rate optimization.

The High-Ticket Drop Shipping Masterclass

  • Price at the time of writing: $997
  • The course has 15 modules and covers things like niche selection, website building, strategies for getting suppliers, how to add products to your website, Shopify app optimization, email marketing, etc. The course also has bonuses for you, including a pass for a closed Facebook group, niche research spreadsheet, optimized Shopify theme, etc. The course has roughly 20+ hours of video content and will take you from a beginner to a drop shipping master. Do read the refund policy before purchase.

7. Offer Mind by Steve J. Larsen

Stephen (Steve) is an entrepreneur and knows what it feels like to fail. After failing a bunch of times, he finally landed himself a position where he was able to get around the right people. After meeting Russell Brunson, the founder of ClickFunnels, things started to change for the better.

I’ve had the privilege of getting coached by Stephen and have to say he is a wonderful person. Though I do have to admit that you either love him or hate him, that’s the kind of person he is. 

Stephen offers a lot of programs to choose from, and while some are “FREE,” there’s always a hidden agenda involved within internet marketing.

Offer Mind

  • Price at the time of writing: $2,000
  • Offer Mind is, first and foremost, a teaching event. The event lasts two days and can be considered a course of such. The event is held live and in the U.S currently. It’s all about creating that perfect offer. Offers are what sell, not the product, that is at least the mentality in successful online marketing currently. Stephen is one of those guys who knows how to craft an offer and visiting his sales pages do tell that story.

8. Social Media United (SMU) by Rachel Pedersen

Rachel is one of those funnel hackers, and funnel millionaires. While funnels do work wonders and bring that steady flow of passive income, we shouldn’t forget that there are real people going through the funnel. Rachel is considered the Queen of social media, and she was able to quit her previous 9-5 job and build a career as a social media strategist and manager. Now she is showing us how she did it. How she was able to leverage social media to make a fortune online.

Social Media United

  • Price at the time of writing: $69/month
  • I’ve followed Rachel for a while, and while I wrote the price as $69/month, I’ve seen it changing at least three times in the past year. So it could very well be something totally different when you go and check her SMU course out. SMU offers you strategies in the form of video training, live monthly Q&A, private community, templates, and more. Social Media United is promoting a lifestyle of freedom by becoming a social media manager.

9. How To Find Clients – Marketing & Lead Generation by Chris Do

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur—an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creatives. While that sentence was copied straight from their about page, I can say that I have liked the content Chris Do has put out on their YouTube channel. 

Chris is all about design, creativity, and business. The Futur is on the mission of educating 1 billion creatives on how to make money with their talent. If you are into design and creating awesome looking content, I would say The Futur offers superb content on that part.

Marketing & Lead Generation

  • Price at the time of writing: $299
  • Marketing & Lead Generation is a course about finding those perfect clients and getting leads that convert into business. While the course is most suitable for new and beginner creatives. Even the most experienced designers and creative folks can learn a thing or two from this course. The course seems to have 4-part video series as well as some workbooks to fill out. I would say the price is pretty affordable, but then again, you might fall short on content, so do take that into account when and if purchasing this course. 

10. Knowledge Business Blueprint by Tony Robbins & Dean Graziosi

Multi-multi-millionaire and a multi-millionaire as your teachers? Sounds good, right? Tony Robbins (the $MMM), and Dean ($MM) are one of the biggest names in online business, online marketing, and entrepreneurship. Both of these guys ooze that entrepreneur spirit, and when the two combined their knowledge, experience, skills, and wealth, Knowledge Business Blueprint was born. 

I won’t go into details as to who they are, but I would dare to say that once you see them, you can’t unsee them. That’s called omnipresence marketing.

Knowledge Business Blueprint

  • Price at the time of writing: $1,997
  • Knowledge Business Blueprint is comprised of four modules. The first module is where you will extract your knowledge and find those who are willing to pay for your knowledge. Module two is called ‘Fill It,’ which is where you will be creating your own mastermind and hold your own masterminds. Module three is all about making you become a strong leader and making sure you profit from the events you are holding. Module four is about becoming a knowledge broker. Rather than just selling your own knowledge, you are leveraging other people’s knowledge and profiting from that.

A final note

That was quite a list of courses. Courses like Knowledge Business Blueprint and Course From Scratch are both premium-priced courses, but when compared to a lower-priced course, we can clearly see where the difference in price comes from.

Premium pricing is usually reserved for courses that cover a lot of ground. Teaches you more than you paid for and will more than usually give you a path to great results.

Lower priced courses tend to leave things behind and might not give you all you need. However, don’t let that be the decisive point when thinking of buying a lower priced course.

Facebook pixel and retargeting

I almost said who, how, and why these courses creators use Facebook pixels and other marketing tactics, but I wanted to leave it to the end and not name anyone specifically. 

But the thing is that most of the course owners are using advanced retargeting methods, and you are more than likely bombarded with retargeting ads immediately when you use Facebook the next time. 

So if you check the sales pages, remember that you are very quickly sucked into their world, and they will do everything to persuade you to buy — not everybody, of course (but most anyway). And it’s not a bad thing either.

If the online course can help you in your life, it’s only a good thing these businesses bring their A-game on and help you with their online course.

I wanted to point out this system, so you know what will happen next, and you now know how it works.

I didn’t want to have links to the sites just because I don’t want you to click on those pages only to be retargeted immediately.

Success?

What should be remembered about every online course is the success ratio? How many course takers actually got results? What I’m seeing is that around 3% will have success with online courses. That is, 3 people out of 100 will actually achieve what was promised.

So when you are reading the product description and visiting the sales pages. Remember that getting success with the course might not happen to you. You might be one of those 97 that will not get any success with the course.

And it’s not about the price either. Even if you might think that the pricier the course, the better results you will get. Well, that is hardly the case. It’s always about the situation you are in. What is the initial setting, and what are your strengths, and are those aligned with the course?

Online courses demand a lot from you, and if you are not able to invest time, sweat, and tears, you might not make it.

Countdown timers

While many sites have these countdown timers and whatnot manipulative marketing tactics. You can be pretty sure that the clock will start again and again, even if such a timer is present. 

So while some sales pages have these 20 minute time limits to purchase the course, it’s safe to say that those timers are only there to create a sense of scarcity and urgency. Hitting a refresh button on that page will tell you if the timer is for real or for manipulation.

As a final final note, I would say that the best online courses can be found from solo entrepreneurs and online businesses. That’s my thought, but also my experience with online courses.