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Don’t get me wrong – making money on the internet can be a big challenge (as my family knows all too well!).

Over the last two years since discovering the leverage the internet can offer business, I’ve mainly been focussing on two distinct ways of generating income:

– helping small businesses get online

-learning the skills of internet marketing to gain money for my own business.

It’s the latter which promises the most leverage. Of course, if the whole economy was based online, traditional “brick & mortar” business would collapse through lack of custom. And in many cases, face-to-face transactions are still far better than their online equivalents.

What the internet is currently offering literally millions of people is a million ways to earn a very decent living, without being tied down to a traditional employee/employer relationship and all the hassle and poor pay that is invariably commenplace across so many sectors.

Plus, if you become very successful at what you can do, you can decide how you want to spend your time, and with whom.  And reading the menu from left to right becomes a luxery few can afford in such uncertain times.

In my case, the great allure is to be able to organise my life around my children, rather than the other way around.

In fact, I’ll be bold enough to say that I’m not interested in the million bits of paper one iota. I don’t want the million bits of paper (or their equivalent in my bank account).

What I really want is to be able to make a difference in the world. To be able to help fulfill the dreams of others, my children included.

I believe we only have one life. I want to make the most of it. To bring something of eternity’s breath into our frail but beautiful world.

How about you? Tell me your dreams & realizations below.

Andy Harris' iPhone lying in state

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In case you didn’t see on Google news recently (as I write, it’s still on the UK edition of Google news), there was an apparent survey which claimed that 54% women preferred men who had an iPhone. The survey was released through Newswire & Google scraped it onto its front page of the Sci/Tech section.

Now, according to Robin Wauters of TechCrunch, it turns out that a digital marketing agency, called StickyEyes, has supposedly done this survey, and then issued it on behalf of a mobile phone distributor (Phones4U).

But Phones4U got a nasty shock when they found out that the survey, because StickyEyes, it seems, hadn’t got permission from Phones4U to release the survey. And worse, Phones4U are denying that they even gave StickyEyes the remit to do the survey.(See Robin Wauters’ article on TechCrunch FFI).

So, I guess you’d call it a case of non-permission marketing.

And now Apple has apparently muscled in, asking Newswire to remove the story – which it has.

What’s the take-away here? Well, there are several lessons.

Firstly, outsourcing always carries some risks. Secondly, good, transparent communication between different parts of your business are key.  And finally, clearly-defined & understood parameters for the remit of the outsourced company’s decision-making and independent actions are obviously necessary.

So, will StickEyes get this mess ‘unglued’?

To be honest, I don’t want to finger-point here, because it’s all-too easy for things to become flakey around the edges in the fast-moving online world.

Now all I want to do is find out about the survey results, to see how reliable the data are – as a Physicist by training, reliability of data is always the first question I’m looking to answer :).

After all – I haven’t got an iPhone. Not that my wife minds at all 🙂

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Credit: http://sxc.huThere are many things we cannot control in life (pause for 20 seconds if you want to think of some examples!).

But what about the things we can control? What should we do about those…?

Here’s my top 3 list of things you should be regularly watching the dials:

  • Mindset
  • Consistent Action
  • Your Network of Influencers

Mindset: Make sure you regularly (as in a 30 minute daily dose – minimum) of encouraging & upbuilding wisdom from others who have learned how important it is to develop your mind and mature in attitudes. Haven’t got time? Ditch your TV. Listen to Anthony Robbins on your iPod instead of music whilst you exercise. Get up 30 minutes earlier, or go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Do whatever it takes to make the difference in your thinking.

Consistent Action: This is the single-most biggest secret of success that any successful entrepreneur has mastered. Most people fail in life and in business because they haven’t got a DMO (Daily Method of Operation) that works – or even exists at all.

Your Network of Influencers:If you’ve been around for a while, you will know the saying that your income is the average of the 5 closest people to you. Not only is your income influenced, but also the way you think, what you believe and the habits that you form. So watch carefully who those people are, and make some tough choices in your life. It’s your responsibility, noone elses.

Now, as I said earlier, there are many things in life that you can’t control (like exploding volcanoes affecting flight paths, for example), but the above 3 are my top 3 controllables that you should be regularly watching the dials for.

If you do, you’re much likely to fly in the direction you want to go. The alternative is a crash landing – and that’s not a pretty experience for you, or others. So if you are struggling in your business, do a quick spot-check of the above ‘dials’ and make your course corrections.

Lastly, the best way to steer the course of your life is to daily check your dials. Remember: most of the time, you will start to drift off-course (think: cross-winds ie, adversity)…so you must trim your controllables.

Wishing you every success,

Dez.

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More recently, he has been moving away from the ‘traditional’ expert-trainer (ie being an internet guru) to focus more on developing 7-figure software online products, also known as ‘Software as a Service’, or SaaS.

His latest project is to open up the source code to one of his most well-known products, the Butterfly Open Source Code, which offers anyone the chance to download and use Butterfly Marketing code for their own use for free.

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Picture this: I’m on holiday in beautiful hill country in the North of England with my family, including my 88 year old father-in-law who is wheelchair-bound.

We all decide to go and see a water fall, which is nearly 4km (about 2 1/2 miles) from the car park. As it’s very hilly, the journey is quite a challenge for me. But we make it, and are amazed by the powerful noise of the waterfall running down a steep gully near the reservoir outlet.

Then I face the journey back. I am now tired, it’s evening, and the return trip back to the car is more up than down.

As we race back, trying to get there before sundown (there are *no* lights anywhere, as it’s literally miles from civilization), we reach the home straight and suddenly the sun breaks out behind some high cloud, glimmering late golden sunshine onto the reservoir, and us.

The sight, as you can see from the image above, is quite breath-taking. And I find myself saying the following to my father-in-law:

“I’m glad we went as far as the waterfall John. I’ve learned in life that if you want to get something special, you have to do something special. And I know we won’t be coming back here, so I felt it was worth going the extra distance.”

Not only did we get to see the fast torrent of water, but we experienced the awe-inspiring sight as we completed the final leg of the journey back.

The takeaway is very clear: if you want to gain something unique, something inspirational or special in life, you must be willing to do what other people might not be willing to do.

You will be richly rewarded (in the best and broadest sense of the word ‘rich’) as you do this.

In case it has been a hidden truth: the finest treasures always require hard and often unique work, plus a willingness to do things that others would not do.

One final thought: during our 3 hour round trip and tour, we only saw one other family. Don’t be deceived into thinking that because there are few treading the path you are headed, that it’s the wrong path. It’s more likely to be the other way around.

In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield outlines and fleshes out the battle of creativity and artistry that any entrepreneur goes through in order to give birth the things of real value from which others will gain benefit.

Through his own experiences and reflections on humanity, Pressfield powerfully makes the case for the releasing of the artist (or artisan) that lies within the creative higher self we each have.

Although Pressfield doesn’t use the word artisan, but artist, in my book the only tangible difference is the territory traditionally ascribed to each.

And, it’s in the idea of territory that he asserts his premise that this is only real ‘place’ where every true artist can flourish, whether they are a fusion researcher, scientist, entrepreneur, body builder, fashion designer, or writer.

‘Territory’ in essence, as Pressfield defines it, is the region of expertise or influence within which the true artisan flows with purpose and energy, giving birth to what is hidden within, purely for the purpose that it must be released into the world.

On the other hand, the opposite of territory – hierarchy – is a stultifying and inhibiting framework of operation. In a hierarchy, the artist is reduced to being a hack: someone who produces only for affect; not for the higher ideal of releasing inspiration into the world, but for the egocentric accolades they wish to receive from others as a consequence of their creation.

As Pressfield defines it then, the hack has sold out on the higher goals of sharing their intrinsic creativity, to a baser version which is only interested in producing something that will promote the hack’s ego contra his or her peers.

In plain English: the hack does his or her work thinking of how their potential audience will or won’t like the results, but the artist does her work to bring forth of what is within, whether or not an audience exists to receive it.

The artisan gains his or her energy and sustenance from doing the work itself, and not from the praise they hope to receive.

So, is it better to be an artist/artisan or a hack? Clearly not a hack, because at worst a hack is a sycophantic people-pleaser, pandering to the perceived opinions of those the hack is trying to impress, with the hope of receiving some positive affirmation or recognition.

When none comes, the hack is devastated, not having any internal reference point from which to seek solace.

The artist/artisan, on the other hand, travails like a mother-to-be in labor, and as Pressfield beautifully describes, and cries in awe when the miracle baby is held in her arms.

So, can only the hack become wealthy? The answer I believe, is that the hack is never wealthy, even if they are a multi-millionaire, because their offering is never given: instead, the hack always remain the victim of the approval of others, always seeking to compete in a hierarchy rather than operating with skill in their own territory or expertise.

Can the artist/artisan be wealthy? My point is that they will always be wealthy, whether they live in a wooden shack in a shanty town, or in a grand mansion in Beverley Hills. What defines the artist is not the approval of of others’ praise or money showered upon them, but the satisfaction that comes from within at having completed the work that they ached to bring forth, regardless of onlookers’ nods or shakes of head.

Make up your mind then, to be an artist/artisan, and not a hack.

And if you are in any doubt, read Pressfield’s book, the War of Art.

Chris Pearson is a great model of what business should be like: he is using his skills to help others. Not only that, but he is willing to put himself out there and let other people know what’s happening. You can read more about Chris at his Blog here.

What I love about the video about is what he says (5:30 onwards) about Twitter (& yes, I’m an avid Twitter user, so I’m not shooting down what it offers, by any means!):

“The bottom line is, if you keep getting capital to the tune of $200 million, it’s much harder to make that money back- it becomes more and more of a speculative thing where you’re hoping to get bought out by one of the few players with billions dollars. And that’s a bogus play. Why can’t your goal with your business be to..make your business awesome and not rely on a buyout down the road?  What’s so bad about that – I don’t know….

He pulls no punches with what he says next – but you’ll have to watch the rest of the video to find out! What I particularly like about his diatribe, is that I passionately believe in the same model of doing business: aim for just offering a solution to your clients that is simply the best that it can be. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to promote it, because it’s no use waiting for an angel investor to come along and discover your talent. You are the best person to do that.

So, a big round of applause to Mr Pearson for ‘doing the thing’.

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Who are your Internet Marketing Heroes?This is a no-fluff, fun post! I want your feedback, so scroll to the end, past my mugshot/signature, and add your comment! If I start getting some replies, I’ll turn this into a Twitter poll, which takes about 5 seconds to do.

All you need to do is use the text below as your template & you’re good-to-go.

My Internet Marketing Heroes are (in no particular order, you understand):

  • Frank Kern
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Mike Dillard
  • Jason Fladlien
  • Eric Holmund
  • Ryan Deiss

(I always open their emails).

Reasons why:

  1. They’ve learned the art of giving before getting
  2. Their emails contain useful, actionable content that I can use without having to buy any of their stuff.

There ya’ go. That was pretty quick ‘n’ easy. Now it’s your turn 🙂

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