New year. Better Network.

Jonathan Cronstedt reflects on 2014 and goals for 2015 with Empower Network

“Celebrate more of what you want to see.”

A reflection on 2014

For me, as CEO of Empower Network, 2014 was a year for the books with the company, with which I marked my official first year. Just 3 years old, this software and Web marketing company is reaching new heights for its customers through improvements on the signature blogging platform.

Our blogging platform now offers faster results, easier navigation and more helpful support than ever before. These great tools save our members from having to deal with a lot of the everyday challenges that frustrate most business owners.

Seven members were added to the Millionaire’s Club, which recognizes those who earn more than $1 million. Each inductee receives a 14-karat gold ring with more than 80 diamonds, the Empower Network logo and the words “Millionaire’s Club.” Just note that what makes this club remarkable is that the results aren’t typical; you can check out the income disclosure here.

The new multilingual feature opens the door for greater growth into a global audience. How exciting is that? Just call me Jonathan Cronstedt, International Man of Business (not very mysterious, but it’s still got a good ring to it).

And through all of that, we still kept some very important home fires burning. Staying true to Empower Network’s core values, we made donations to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and the Ronald McDonald House in Miami.

In short, 2014 was a year of results for Empower Network’s customers.

Goals for 2015

I’m super jazzed for 2015; it’s going to be a year to reach new heights. We all know that Empower Network’s main product is a blogging tool that helps its members use the Web to grow their businesses online. Well, in 2015, we’ll be focusing on the reinvention and innovation of our product line with our Formula products.

We’re working to provide a more linear progression and more powerful results for our customers. The idea is that these changes will spark more growth and domination in the organic content world in the new year.

2015 is a year for creating a better experience for our customers.

Join me and the rest of Empower Network in gearing up for the new year and celebrating more of what you want to see in 2015.

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

 

Inspiring you into action

Jonathan Cronstedt shares Empower Network success stories

Being the first woman and African American to reach a million dollars in commissions showed Empower Network’s Tracey Walker that anything is possible.

Since joining Empower Network in October 2011, she has found inspiration not only in her family, but in individuals who contact her seeking success and change. This led her to create her business/life mantra, “inspiring you into action,” which allows her to inspire those who inspire her.

“I don’t just want people to listen to what I’m saying and feel great; I want them to take that and let it pump them up into action,” said Walker.

Walker believes that she has become so successful because she was willing to work hard and realize that her timeline is not someone else’s timeline. When you focus on other people’s goals, you lose sight of your own. Walker learned to not measure herself against anyone else. She realized that she had to develop, be satisfied with her process, strive to do better than she did yesterday and remain focused on her own goals.

In order to be successful, you have to accept your challenges, work through them and move on. These processes are all very familiar to Walker. Experiencing foreclosure, repossession, losing her mom, divorce, bankruptcy and watching her business plummet made her much stronger and enabled her to keep going. She believed that she was destined to do something great and that belief served as one of her biggest inspirations.

When asked how Empower Network changed her life, Walker summed it up in only a few words: “My life is free.” With her fiance, Kelo, his three children and her 5-month-old son, Jasiah, Walker is now living the life she’s always desired.

Individuals like Walker show how important it is to remain focused on your dreams and understand that nothing is impossible. You have to find something or someone who motivates and inspires you and understand that obstacles will arise. However, whatever these obstacles may be, you still have to persevere.

Finding motivation and inspiration can be as easy as having sticky notes all over your office and home. Walker placed them all over her office and mirrors, writing affirmations such as “I am a million-dollar earner” on them. By doing this, she was not only focused and reminded every day of her accomplishments, but she was motivated and inspired to keep going.

No matter what you’re involved in, keep one thing in mind: Everyone can succeed. All you have to do is focus on your goal and persevere, just like Empower Network affiliate Tracey Walker.

Have you ever hit a wall in your goals and almost gave up, but persevered through it to find great rewards on the other side? What do you do to keep you going? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

– Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of Empower Network, headquartered in Florida. He enjoys new technology, traveling and spending time with his wife.

 

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Day 21: Empower Network Blogging Challenge- Jonathan Cronstedt

Get a new outlook the Jonathan Cronstedt way

Today marks the last day of the Empower Network blogging challenge – I can’t believe I blogged every day for 21 days! I’m grateful for the opportunity to share with you and I hope you enjoyed all that I had to say. I feel accomplished: I was able to get my thoughts out there and drive traffic.

So here’s the last from the series of quotes and habits that really make me tick. Today’s quote is from Francis Cardinal Spellman, a religious thought-leader. Check out my YouTube video about Spellman (http://youtu.be/YN1br99t7Es) and take a look at my post here.

Here it is: “Pray as if everything depended on God; work as if everything depends on you.”

To me, this quote exemplifies a life well lived. I see itin two different lights: tapping into the the higher infinite power; and translating that grace into a work ethic based on the idea that everything depends on you.

If everything depended on you, then it follows that you would feel happy andfulfilled with the effort you applied. It doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly or you’ll get what you want; it does mean that you’re going to depend on yourself. If you have the security of knowing there is a source out there that you can draw strength from, the balance of an impeccable work ethic with a sense of dependence and acceptance is a powerful combination.

At the end of my day, two names get signed at the bottom of the page, and one of them is Jonathan Cronstedt.

I’m going to work on continuing my success with blogging. Thank you for following me on this blogging challenge journey.Like I said, I’ve enjoyed sharing with you. You’ve seen a lot of unique things on this blog and I hope they inspired you.

Blogging is a great way to connect with people about your passions and to increase your business. The day you start is the day your business can change.

I hope that you continue your habit of blogging, too, andI hope you took us up on this opportunity by using the Kalatu platform. If you haven’t, it’s not too late; be sure to get more information here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

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Day 20: Empower Network Blogging Challenge- Jonathan Cronstedt

Jonathan Cronstedt finds peace in a Buddhist proverb

We only have one more day left of the Empower Network blogging challenge. Here’s another from the series of quotes and habits that really make me tick.

The quote I wanted to share with you today is one of the coolest Buddhist proverbs – in my opinion, at least. Check out my YouTube video about it (http://youtu.be/7EshVS–ijg) and take a look at the post below.

Here it is: “If you have a problem that can be solved, there is no need to worry. If you have a problem that cannot be solved, there is no need to worry.”

Every time I read it, it reminds me of being focused and at ease, removing worry from my life. I personally feel that worry can be one of the most destructive forces because with it, we’re dealing with the stress of circumstances that may never actually happen. I just tell myself, “Jonathan, let it go.”

It doesn’t matter what sort of situation you have in front of you. If it’s a problem that has a solution, there’s no need to worry because you can solve it. If it’s a problem for which there is no solution, there’s still no need to worry about it – it is what it is.

It’s a simple reminder to everyone, and I hope it helps you out like it has me. Get thinking, not worrying.

Release some of your pent-up energy by blogging, and tell others about it, too. A great tool for you to use is Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in our industry. Details on that are here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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Day 19: Empower Network Blogging Challenge – Jonathan Cronstedt

Audible books could be the newest tool in your arsenal

I enjoy sharing my favorite things – the gadgets, gizmos and goodies that I just can’t live without. I feel like it really lets you guys get to know me a little better and get a better idea of what makes me tick.

Today I want to share something that helps me learn on the go: Audible.com. I talk more about Audible on my YouTube channel; you can watch that video here: http://youtu.be/bN0uLKJdWxM.

Audible is one of my new favorite gadgets; I highly recommend it.

You may have heard of Audible before –it’s been around for years. But since Amazon acquired it, the program has gotten way better. There’s even an app, which means access to audiobooks and other audio items you can consume and review while on the go– and anyone who knows me will tell you that Jonathan Cronstedt is pretty much always on the go.

This app has changed my time in the car, traveling and even just waiting in line. I’m able to get through a number of books at a remarkable pace because I can listen more steadily and process information faster through audio vs. reading. I’m currently listening to a Tony Robbins book, if anyone’s keeping score.

Turning downtime into moments of productivity and self improvement means a lot, which is also part of the draw of Empower Network’s Inner Circle. The Inner Circle is a premier productthat provides audio from our field leaders. They share the strategies that work in their businesses, the techniques they use to overcome obstacles and their stories of staying motivated when they felt most beaten down.

Don’t forget: You can start blogging today or tomorrow or next week, but why wait? Get started now. Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in our industry, will help you make that happen. Details on that are here:https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

 

 

 

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Day 18: Empower Network Blogging Challenge – Jonathan Cronstedt

Jonathan Cronstedt on The Star Principle and success

How much can a star, a cow, a dog and a question mark help with your success? A lot, if you read The Star Principle by Richard Koch. This book has tremendously helped my understanding of business and investing. I’ll talk a little about it here, but you can also get more details from my YouTube video at http://youtu.be/vTE5WH4s7uo.

People often ask me for recommendations on favorite authors, and the name Richard Koch is typically near the top of the Jonathan Cronstedt Inspiring and Instructive Authors list. I recently wrote a blog post about another of his books, The 80/20 Principle, and now I’m pleased to discuss The Star Principle because, hey, in the endeavor to be more successful, I’ll take all the help I can get.

The Star Principle is based on the Matrix framework, which the Boston Consulting Group developed in the 1960s. Koch used both of these principles to guide his investments, and the results have been extraordinary, taking him from a few million dollars to more than $200 million.

The principle basically divides companies into four categories:

  • Stars: businesses that are in a high-growth sector and are the leaders in their niche markets
  • Cows: companies in lower-growth markets but which are still the leaders in their industries, making them big cash generators
  • Question marks: businesses in markets that are growing quickly but the companies aren’t the industry leaders
  • Dogs: companies in low-growth markets where they’re not the industry leaders, putting them behind the times with no industry innovations

Following this principle will help you can choose the best companies to invest in or work for. You can also use it to build a star company of your own.

I should also point out that this book is easy to understand. Koch takes lofty concepts and makes them consumable, actionable and enjoyable.

So follow your old pal Jonathan Cronstedt and pick up a copy of The Star Principle. Have I ever steered you wrong?

Also, remember to keep blogging every day, using Empower Network’s powerful Kalatu blogging platform, created specifically for the home-based business industry. Get a $7-for-7-days trial including beta access to the Kalatu blog here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

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Day 17: Empower Network Blogging Challenge – Jonathan Cronstedt

Cronstedt: ‘Life is part of the blogging challenge’

I couldn’t be more excited to be blogging with you as part of Empower Network’s 21-Day Blogging Challenge. The piece I wanted to share with you today is by Seneca, one of the greatest contributors to Stoicism, called “The Shortness of Life.”

I’ll get into it briefly in this post, but you can also check out my video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/awU0b903HzU.

This essay is a must-read for anyone wanting to achieve the most out of life. It offers a jarringly different take on measuring success while looking at it through a lens that highlights… well, the shortness of life. Seneca talks about the fact that people are very protective and thrifty over personal property, income and savings, yet incredibly generous and giving of their time.

The only asset we have that we can’t buy more of is time. As Seneca explains, we waste a lot of our lives spending time chasing other people’s successes or doing things like attending meetings we don’t really want to attend.

It really shines a light on how profound and powerful your life can be if you understand that the only constraints you have are the constraints you place on yourself. If I were to be completely honest with myself, I’d have to constantly remind myself: Nobody controls Jonathan Cronstedt’s actions except Jonathan Cronstedt.

I find this essay extremely profound, especially as the New Year begins. Ask yourself: How much of your life do you really own? Now is a great time to study this piece and let it sink in. If you aren’t jumping out of bed to passionately live your dream every morning, most likely things won’t change this year.

If you need a change, I highly recommend checking out this essay. And if you’re interested in blogging, it isn’t too late to start. Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in the industry, is now available. Sign up for a trial here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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Day 16: Jonathan Cronstedt Blogging Challenge

Cronstedt and Twain help you lead a purposeful life

We are now past the two-week mark of the Empower Network Blogging Challenge and I don’t know about you, but I am now even more psyched about the possibilities that can result from daily blogging than I was when we started.

That’s why I’m so jazzed to share with you a great quote by the incomparable author and consummate thinker Mark Twain, who said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” This is just one of the quotes that make me tick. You can hear more about these quotes and habits from my YouTube video at http://youtu.be/kfwTpblxkuQ.

I hope you’re living your own purpose every day. If not, it’s like an itch you can’t scratch; it will bug you constantly and prevent you from living the exciting life that you’re meant to live. If you’re not living your purpose, you will find yourself unhappily making compromises.

Steve Jobs used to say, “Always remain curious.” Well, Jonathan Cronstedt says, “Don’t stop searching.” Discovering your purpose is a magical occurrence that gives meaning to your journey.

I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by my “why” every day. Additionally, I get to help people, through my work with Empower Network, who are looking to lead more engaged lives. My goal is to help others never accept the status quo. Part of that is helping you to be the best affiliate marketer possible, providing you the tools and tips you need to live that reality.

One other piece of advice I will share is the importance of blogging every day, and I encourage you to make use of Kalatu, designed for the home-based business professional. Get a $7-for-7-days trial including beta access to the Kalatu blog here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach

I hope the Mark Twain quote has the same profound effect on you as it did on me. What are some of the quotes you use to keep yourself going?

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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Day 15: Empower Network Blogging Challenge- Jonathan Cronstedt

Cronstedt: Positivity, part of the blogging challenge

The number of days left in our blogging challenge is quickly dwindling, but even if you haven’t started yet, you still have time to start your own 21-day blogging challenge!

Today we’re going to talk again about quotes, habits and things that make me tick. This one is more of a personal habit that I feel others should adopt, as well. As CEO of Empower Network, I constantly deal with many different people who have different views on life and who all have a different reaction to pretty much everything. I always have to remind myself, “Jonathan check yourself and take a moment.” I need to realize that I may not know where they’re coming from. So today, I’m giving you a very important piece of advice: Always assume positive intent.

You can check out my YouTube video explaining it here: http://youtu.be/guf3FJXUO24.

Like I said, everyone comes from a different background and reacts to things differently. In today’s world, we seem to communicate most comfortably through emails and text messages. The problem is that this way, we don’t have the nonverbal signals that we can rely on with face-to-face personal contact.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is to assume positive intent. I find that if I use this as the first screen that I look through, I see more success. Otherwise, I risk irreparable damage among my interpersonal relationships.

This philosophy will give you a moment to clarify your thoughts and keep hasty, emotionally charged responses out of the equation. Assuming people are coming from a positive place makes for a good day for everyone.

Set yourself up for positivity and success in 2015 by assuming positive intent from the people you interact with.

You can give your business a leg up by blogging about your own best tips and advice. As a reminder, Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in the home-based business industry, is now available. Sign up for that here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

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Day 14: Jonathan Cronstedt Blogging Challenge

Apple fan boy Jonathan Cronstedt applauds the iPhone 6

These days, you would be hard pressed to find anyone over the age of 5 without a cell phone. What did we ever do before cell phones?! Since we have to have them, you might as well have a great one, and for me, that’s the iPhone 6. Learn more about my thoughts on this indispensable tool in my YouTube video on the topic.

Yep, your boy Jonathan is a total Apple geek. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this phone.

I love the big screen, although I use the device primarily for the many phone calls I make. Call clarity is very important to me, and this phone rocks at it. My plan doesn’t do voice and data, but if it did, I’m sure this phone would continue to prove its worth.

You should also know that I turn off most of the notifications, such as social media and email, because I don’t like the idea of my phone telling me what I should focus on. The only things I want to know is when I receive a text or a call, because these are key components of my business and success.

Sure, there are other phones out there, but I’m just not ready to switch because the iPhone 6 gives me everything I need and then some. I can set up custom alerts, so it was easy to make the phone my own, allowing me to perform mission-critical communications on the go. This is hands down the most powerful tool in my arsenal.

For me, the iPhone represents spectacular design executed flawlessly; it functions as well as the form it’s in. I don’t know if you could tell, but I am so thrilled with this newest member of the Apple family. When the next one comes out, you can bet I’ll be in line to get that one, too.

Until then, keep blogging about your products, your business and what you want to achieve. In other words, just keep blogging – and you can do it with Kalatu, the world’s most powerful blogging platform for the home-based business industry. Get a $7-for-7-days trial including beta access to the Kalatu blog here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt