Recently, a well known internet marketer (Eric Holmlund), was contacted by a disgruntled customer, who had been ripped off by someone Eric had previously recommended.

Eric’s response was an example to the whole internet marketing community.

In essence, Eric brought the difficult situation right out into the open to sound out his subscribers (myself included), and to highlight some of the potential problems that affiliate marketer can encounter. Eric asked the internet marketing community what they thought would be the best course of action: should he compensate the client who was ripped off, or not? Was Eric responsible for someone else’s bad business practises (ie the copywriter who didn’t deliver) or not?

You can read final outcome of the whole shenanigans here. All I will say, is that Eric Holmlund is a top-rate internert marketer who I respect and endorse. If you want to know anything about online marketing, then do visit his blog at http://EricsTips.com.

 

 

 

 

 

What exactly does it mean to fight from victory? Put in another phrase, and it’s clearer: Fight from a position of victory.

Just to clarify, I’m talking about the context of your life or business goals (and hopefully both at the same time). The reason why this is so powerful is because it acknowledges the role of your mindset as being crucial in determining the outcome.

Not for a second am I saying that skill set isn’t important, it’s rather that the results that you get from your skill set are 100% determined by your mindset.

How you think and what you think about will have an undeniably profound effect on the eventual outcome of your efforts. You may think that this is completely obvious. If that’s the case, you should congratulate yourself on being in the small 3% of people who understand the paramount importance of mindset in determining outcome.

How do you get to the place where you know you have the right attitudes and patterns of thought required for success?

Here’s a simple test: Look in the mirror. Stare at yourself for about 30 seconds, and after the 30 seconds is up, say, out loud "I know I’ve got what it takes", three times. Make a note of how you react to this.

Do you feel like a fraud, or feel derision or cynicism for doing such a strange thing? (Or even, perhaps foolishness).

Or, do you feel scared, perhaps realizing that you just don’t believe what you’ve just said. Or maybe you want to believe it, but you’re not sure how to get there.

The reason why mindset is so fundamental to outcome is because our thoughts and attitudes do shape the resulting actions more than anything else.

So, how do you get the mindset required for success in your life or business? Here are some things I’ve learned and am applying in my business:

  1. Find your core why – why do you want what you are straining for? Find what motivates you more than anything else to push through, and use your imagination (include all 5 senses if possible) to see that outcome in your mind, as if it is already real.
  2. Take measurable action every day to help you work towards that core why. If it’s in business, that should at least translate into income-producing activity. In your personal life, it could mean setting aside quality time to spend with the significant person or people around you.
  3. Mastermind with others – find a small group of others who are wanting success in their lives, and give one another permission to help, evaluate and train each other.
  4. Spend time in your own personal development – read, watch or listen to great leaders who share their story…let what they say impact you and  write it down.
  5. Commit yourself to leadership.

Lastly, you might find the following video helpful:


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If you’re a regular reader of this Blog, you’ll know that I regularly comment on topics such as marketing, the world economy, finance – anything which affects offline & online business.

What I haven’t told you much about is the business I’m involved with.

Mostly because I want to share the wider picture, not just what I’m doing.

But let me be straight for a second: I’m online to make money.

“And what” you might ask, “are you selling?”.

Well, it’s simple: I’m selling information. Specifically, two types of information.

One will help any offline business gain the effective marketing skills to get new clients, so it can grow despite the recession.

The other is information which will help any business to gain the skills it needs to manage its own financial investments. Think: “how to be your own fund manager, investment advisor, and wealth creation expert”.

Why did I choose these niches and not others?

Well, it was unintentional. Originally I was just looking for a way to earn money online. And I found the community that I’m now part of, which has enabled me to gain a whole gamut of skills apart from “just” online marketing.

As it turns out, there are a lot – and I mean a huge number – of people out there who are wanting to learn these skills. These are the sorts of people who are self-motivated, focused individuals who  for whatever reason, aren’t satisfied with the way things are.

Let me throw a number at you for a second. I recently heard Eban Pagan teaching (online, of course!) about just how big the information industry has now become.

Here are some staggering statistics he gave:

  • E-Book growth grew by 71% last year (Ipad & Kindle country!)
  • Self-help is an over $13 billion/year industry
  • The world-wide information market is an estimated $400 billion/year growth industry
  • The personal & corporate coaching industry alone is estimated at over $100billion/year

…so you can see, there is a thriving, exploding market mushrooming right under your nose.

Whilst traditional business models are floundering with narrow profit margins, high overheads, and no time leverage, much of the above operates 24/7 (yes, even whilst you’re asleep)  in hundreds of countries, simultaneously.

So if you are looking for a way out of the rat-race, or just looking for a way to leverage your time (so you can do  the things that you really want to do, when you want to do them), there is simply no better time to learn the skills required to become a master of online business, in one, or more niches.

Now I’m not saying you can become rich overnight (it certainly hasn’t happened that way for me, at least) – what I can say for certain is that once you have these skills, you can really begin to leverage them, and get paid, even when you sleep.

If that’s not an attractive business model, I don’t know what is.

To find out more about the training I’m involved with, fill in your details here.

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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.

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.

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.

Are You an Artisan or a Hack?

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.

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I’ve just been listening to Mike Dillard & Brian Fanale on a webinar talking about how to build your own home based business.

Mike Dillard started in Network Marketing 5 years ago, and Brian a bit less.

Both of them have come from ground zero to now form multi million dollar businesses.

Both of them work with top companies, but they both realised early on that to be a true business owner, you must market yourself, not the business whose products you are wanting to sell.

The reason for that is obvious: companies fail, distributorships get revoked.

The real secret that both Mike & Brian model is that they both decided early on to offer value to their potential clients more than selling to them.

But how do they continue to build their own businesses in the face of so many opportunities and potential distractions?

Mike’s simple answer is to make sure that every single day before he goes to sleep, he does the following:

  • Make a list of the top 5 things you must do to move your business forward
  • Be specific in those top five tasks
  • Don’t go to bed until you’ve completed those tasks
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