Have you helped someone today?

My day was made much more pleasant today with a private message and $5. I know $5 is really nothing much to write about, but to me, it means more than the last affiliate contest I won - much more. Some background: I am a member of a few forums. In one of them particularly, we all really try to help the other members, especially if they are struggling with some aspect of their business. There is a newer member in there who is a truly nice guy, and he’s trying very hard to make some forward progress. He has a relatively good idea for a product line he wants to work on, but his niche was too broad. We had been working on getting him to figure out how to find a more focused niche within that broader niche. He was getting it, but it was slow, and I could tell at times he was getting frustrated with himself. Let’s face it, you can only convey so much information through forum posts. I had previously created an information product that teaches how to find profitable niches, and part of that is how to find laser focused sub-niches, as well as identify the hot buyers within those sub-niches. I sent this guy a free copy of the product via private message. He said he got it and appreciated it, but it’s been a couple weeks and I hadn’t heard anything back from him. I figured maybe it wasn’t what he was looking for. In fact, by this time, I had forgotten all about it. Then, today, $5 shows up...

One is Greater Than Zero

I ran across the following video from Gary Vaynerchuk.​It is less than 3 minutes and I highly recommend watching it. It is quite inspiring!​Sometimes as marketers we skip over the little things. Maybe we don't do a guest blog because the person only has a handful of readers, or we turn down a podcast interview because the podcaster is just starting out. Gary explains why that's a bad idea and shows, by his own example, the way to grow and succeed by doing the little things.Click here for Gary's blog post with the original posting of this video.​Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the topic!​​​If you like this page, please...

Turnkey Business Revolution – The Entrepreneurial Myth

If you run a small business, you owe it to ourself to set aside 40 minutes and watch this extraordinary Michael Gerber video.You will look at your business completely different afterwards. Michael Gerber is the author of The EMyth and he runs a business coaching program. In this video, he discusses the reasons most businesses fail and what to do to make sure you don’t become a failure statistic. Are you working in your business, or are you making your business work? Do you understand the difference? This video will open your mind, and show you the way to true lifestyle freedom. “Knowing how to do the work in a business has nothing to do with creating a business that works.” The system is the solution. Michael Gerber shows exactly you what you need to to create the system and make your business turn-key. This video was recorded in 1989, but the information Michael Gerber provides is as relevant today as it was the day he recorded it. Enjoy! Please leave comments below. Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

5 Keys to Productivity

Those of us who earn on the net need to stay productive. There are no bosses telling us what to do. If we want to make more money, we need to be more productive.The infographic below has 5 keys to productivity.You may click on the image to download a PDF version of the infographic.​ The PDF open in a new window, or you may right-click and "Save As..."Enjoy!Please leave your comments below. Tell us what keys you use that help you​ be more productive. ​Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

Success Formula Webinar – Join Us

JVFocus has invited me to guest host their first webinar of the year, with Gordon Russell. I am going to cover my Success Formula. You can grab a copy of the Success Formula PDF on the Free Downloads page. If you saw the Success Formula presentation I gave to Jason Fladlien’s 6-in-6 Coaching students, you will know I go more in depth and cover more areas than the PDF. On the webinar, we will be discussing the foundation of success, which is being able to set and reach every goal every time. Whether a business venture, an online marketing business, or even a personal goal, such as weight loss or smoking cessation, in order to succeed, it must start with a solid foundation. The foundation we will be covering is a solid tangible formula for success. We will analyze what can be controlled and influenced and what to do about that which is out of our control. We will talk about how to set goals properly so you are best positioned for the greatest success. We will take an in-depth look at what to do to make sure your goals are achievable. By the time the webinar is complete, you will be prepared to tackle every goal confidently, with no fear and no self-doubt. We are going to cover setting and reaching goals from A to Z, from the time you conceive of your goal, until you successfully accomplish it. The goal of the webinar (pun intended) is to make sure everyone who attends will always be able to reach every goal they set. Join us and ensure your success!The...

Lessons From a Necktie

Growing up, we all had people that inspired us. People we would consider heroes and role models. These people helped us become who we are today. They helped us create our worldview. They influenced our moral code. They showed us how to treat people, and the world around us. They taught us lessons on how to live. In most cases, they did it just by being themselves. By living. That’s what made them so special. They didn’t set out to become heroes or role models. They were that way naturally, without any special efforts or attempts to be anything other than who they were. They lived their lives in such a magnificent and inspiring way, we wanted to emulate them. One of my greatest heroes, and the best man I ever knew, was my father. He was inspirational to me was not because he was my father, but because he was a great man. He inspired many people, and affected their lives deeply. He had all the traits we think of, when we think of great people : Kindness, patience, dedication, loyalty, honesty, a strong moral code, faithfulness, and zest for life. He was the kind of person that when he was speaking to you, you felt you were the only person in the world. He looked you in the eye every time, no matter what. Whether you were sharing good news, great sadness, or just talking about the weather, you had his undivided attention. He also looked you in the eye with every greeting and departure. He had a strong handshake, maybe a bit too strong. When he...

Money Loves Speed

Author and coach Joe Vitale is fond of saying, “Money loves speed.” People who take action quickly and decisively make more money. Whether we have an idea for creating an info product, writing a book, or putting a business venture together, if we want to make money, we need to be quick. One of the main things I see that holds people back from earning on the net, is they don't put their ideas into action in a timely manner. This doesn’t apply only to online earnings. It applies everywhere. I have been involved with a real estate investing partnership for many years. I can’t tell you how many times we lost a deal, or missed out on an additional profit opportunity, because we delayed. More than once, we got bogged down in drafting the “perfect” proposal. By the time we sent it out, the property was gone. Other times, we did so much analysis in deciding how to reply to an offer, by the time we got around to replying, the buyer had already gone elsewhere. They had investment money, and it only earns them profit if it’s invested. We took too long and lost out on it. It's very easy to get bogged down in things like planning, scheduling, analyzing, and perfecting. It even feels like we are taking action and moving forward when we do those things. In reality, we are just delaying and slowing down. Money loves speed. It doesn’t love inaction, or even slow momentum. Why do we have a tendency to delay or slow ourselves down? Usually, it’s self-doubt. Other times, it's because...

Curse it all … or not?

There was a debate recently on Facebook that became very public and at times a bit ugly. However, both sides raised quite interesting points, all worthy of discussion. I am not going to mention the two individuals involved, but I will say I respect both of them for what they do. The issue was over using what most people would consider to be "foul language" in their marketing materials, and in emails to their list. The "pro" side was taken by a well-known copywriter. He's a younger, "edgy" mentor-type, who very successfully teaches and coaches other people in how to write successful copy that converts. He has an in-your-face personality and does not censor his opinions, nor his language. The "con" side was taken by an older gentleman (relatively speaking) who is longtime successful marketer. He prides himself in having a professional image, and has built a large following based on that image. There is validity to the reasoning each of them brought to the table. The copywriter, in presenting the "pro" side, stated that if in your normal, everyday conversation, that was the language you use, then it was perfectly acceptable to use it in business materials. He did say that if you are intentionally developing a persona that would not use that language, then you simply wouldn’t use it while writing as that persona. Not that it would be inappropriate, but only that it wouldn’t be appropriate for that persona. He made the case that your target audience needs to be comfortable. If they're comfortable hearing from someone who uses that type of language, then not only...

A Master in the Art of Living

Many people look to earning on the net, because they want to be freed from the limitations of the 9-to-5 work cycle. For some, those limitations are felt mostly by the salary or hourly wage they are paid. Others think the limitation stems primarily from the rigid schedule they have to follow. Yet others feel restricted and limited due to an overbearing supervisor. While all of those might have some merit to them, and are certainly valid if that is the reason people are compelled to be freed from that situation, another factor comes into play that people rarely think about. Do you love what you are doing? Do you absolutely love it? Does it even feel like work? If it does, that's a limitation in itself. I know many people who have made the transition from working a full-time job for someone else, to working out of their home on the Internet. Most of them actually spend many, many more hours at "work” in their online venture than they did at the J.O.B. However, if you ask them if they're working more or less than they were before, most will answer “less.” The reason? It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s something new that energizes them. It always stays interesting and fresh. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." That is exactly what I am referring to. If you are passionate about what you do, and you love doing it, then it never feels like work. Whether you are looking to work part...

No limitations

Below is a video that really inspired me. It's a video of a one armed man playing and singing Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Child.He is quite talented​ and I enjoy watching and listening to him play, but even if it's not the type or style of music you prefer, I'm confident  you will also find him inspiring.This really brings home the fact that we can do anything we put our minds to​. We just need the passion and drive to get it done.There are no limitations to what we can accomplish. The only "limitations"​ are those that we impose on ourselves.After watching this video, go start something you've been putting off due to your own made-up self-imposed "limitations". See that they really aren't limitations, and go do it!​Enjoy! I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me!​​I have no idea who this person is. I just found his video online and evidently his name is Mark, but that's all the info I have. If anyone knows who he is or has any other info on him, please let me know. I would love to be able to give him recognition in this post.​​Please share this if you found it...

Success Formula

One of the keys to success is having a great game plan and knowing how to proceed. This applies to any type of success, whether it be financial, emotional, health-related, spiritual, or even relationship-wise.I wrote a short action-oriented report for you detailing exactly how to create that game plan. I call the report "Success Formula: Reaching Your Goals Every Time".Take a moment today, download it and go through it thoroughly. You will be glad you did! I have also put together a new Facebook Group for those who want to network with others in setting and reaching goals. The links are in the report. Feel free to join us.​ We'd love to see you there!As always, if there is anything I can do to better help you succeed, please let me know.​ Click here for your free report ​Please share this if you found it...