Swimming with the Sharks – Part 1

Swimming with the Sharks – Part 2

Jonathan Miller is not only smart, he’s also an entrepreneur who has incredible belief and certainty that what he’s got is worth at least $1million.

Now, this is despite the derision he receives from already-made-it millionaires (and billionaires for that matter).

What else can we say about him?

  • He’s smart – he has a background in Venture Capitalist deals, and he’s not going to be pushed by the self-confident prodding of his interviewers
  • He’s fearless in the face of opposition. This guy has got GUTS, and lots of them. When the other sharks bear their teeth in the room, he bares his back
  • He doesn’t back down in the face of offers which he knows aren’t in his company’s best interests, even when those offers seem lucrative (ie, he doesn’t sell out just for a quick buck)
  • He goes on the offensive when attacked for what he believes in
  • He is motivated by what he knows will bring him ultimate satisfaction, and it’s not money. This is absolutely crucial, as many business owners short-sell themselves on what they could achieve if they’d only stuck to their "big why"
  • He knows how to negotiate and do a deal. Notice how he ends up negotiating a very good result with the one shark left in the pack, because he senses that this shark will bite his bait, and wants what he has got to offer.

Here’s a recent update on Jonathan’s business:

(Block your ears for the 15 second interruption infomercial from a double-glazing (yes, really!!!!) company at the beginning of the video!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do you think about Jonathan Miller? Is he an entrepreneur worth $1million, or is he just delusional with an unfounded faith in himself? Add your comment here.

 

I’m writing this less than an hour after England won against Slovenia in the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

So, how did England do?

The short answer is: it doesn’t matter, because they won.

Now, I know all you footie fans out there who are serious about the game (I admit, I’m not particularly), will have something to say with what I’ve just written.

After all, it’s how you show up in the game that counts too. I watched England play on a big screen (3 big screen as it happens!) in a Bristol church. The atmosphere was pretty electric.

England played a great game. They were professional, competitive, seized opportunities whenever and wherever they could, and weren’t phazed by Slovenia’s offensive rushes. (OK, if you’re a *real* football fan, I know you might disagree, but that’s OK 😛 )

In essense, they didn’t just play a good game, they played to win.

Winning the game is what it’s all about for them.

And we all shook the roof of the church building good and proper when they scored.

We didn’t need to for their sakes; the England team were too far way.

But we cheered because we became part of the winning side.

FOr the England side, winning isn’t about scoring goals, it’s so much about playing your game in a peak state, so that the magic happens.

And we all cheered because that’s what we want for our lives.

But I bet there were some people in that building who have let go of that dream of the magic happening for them.

I bet some people were cheering vicariously.

So you and I have a choice. We can live just to cheer on the winning team. Or we can become winners.

All the players have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of this game. It’s not just something they do anymore. It’s who they are. Playing the game to win has become part of them, inseparably.

But the twist in the tail is that it’s just a game.

So, is life the same?

In a real sense it is.

We are born. We dream of accomplishing something of significance for our lives. Some of us fulfill that dream. We realise our desire.

What about you – how do you play this game of life? What does it mean to you? Are you playing to win? Add your comment below.

Let me take you back a bit, to when I was about 7 years old.

My parents lived in a pretty village (that goes back to Roman times, so I’m told), which had all sorts of fun things for kids to explore: woodland, streams to fish for minnows, and most importantly a huge green open space where we could go bike riding.

Now I remember when I first tried mastering the bike riding bit: I was somewhere between 6 and 7 years of age, and I was falling off the bike quite a lot.

You can see where I’m going here, I hope.

Every day when I arrived back home during that summer, it was with a fresh graze on one knee or the other…the scabs never had time to heal up: I’d just keep getting new cuts every day from falling off.

But my mum never complained. She never said "well, I think you should just give up…you’re just not meant to ride a bike".

Nope. All she did was dab my cuts with TCP (I can still remember the stinging even now!).

Now, for some reason, it seems as if something weird often happens in school:

when we don’t get it first or second time around, the teachers give up on us.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not blaming teachers here (I have come from that profession myself, and I’m not into shooting myself in the foot – it’s just far too painful).

All I’m saying is that there something seems to go wrong with the learning system, to the extent that some kids end up hating school because it keeps telling them they are failures.

Does that ring a bell with you?

So, what if this, or something similar from other important people in your life, happened to you?

How are you going to shake off some of the incorrect thoughts you have rattling around your head about who you are, and what you can and can’t achieve in life?

I’m not going to claim that a single blog post alone is going to make that massive shift for you.

But if you are struggling with your past, I do want you to re-consider my bike story for a moment.

What if you could decide, today, that the next time you fall off your ‘bike’ – whatever that now is, in your adult life – instead of criticising yourself for failing, you just dust the grit out of your knees, get back on, and get on with learning to balance effectively, so you can cycle better?

To increase the chance that you might think in this manner, remember the following: your past actions do not have to determine your future ones.

The past is the past. It has gone. The past does not determine your future.

As human beings, I believe that we often confuse the past with the future. By using the trends of the past, in our minds, we then say to ourselves: “Ah! This is what happened before, when I tried this, so I should expect the same outcome again the next time I try…..”

It’s a reasonable assumption. BUT – it’s also a limiting belief.

The future does not have to look like the past.

When I learned to cycle, all I did was keep failing my way to success.

And in many, many cases, it’s possible to change the way you think about yourself, resulting in the possibility of a very different outcome in the future.

The reason for me banging on about this so much in this article is because I see so many people stuck when they don’t have to be.

Leave the past in the past, and don’t let what has happened before determine the way things can be from now on.

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As you might know by now, I’m part of a community of people who are committed to mastering the changes necessary to achieve time freedom in their lives.

I was recently listening to a call from one of the top marketers in this community, and she made the following statement during the call:

 

"Write down the top 20 qualities of the type of person you want to work with".

So, here it is. As you read down this list, if you’re saying "yes" to these, then click on my picture at the end of this post, fill in your name, email address & phone number, and I’ll give you a call.

20 Qualities of People Who I Want to Work With

  1. Self-motivated
  2. Committed to self-mastery and personal development
  3. Primary focus is on making a difference in the world, rather than being motivated by a large bank balance
  4. Hungry for change
  5. Not afraid of failing forward
  6. Understands that success is a process
  7. Plays a bigger game than just self-interest
  8. Is other-centered more than self-centered
  9. Places a high value on other people
  10. Is willing to forgive even when it hurts
  11. Understands the importance of masterminding with others
  12. Seeks out to learn new skills
  13. Is committed to leadership through serving and by example
  14. Wants the best outcome in any situation, even when it’s a challenge
  15. Understands the great value of human relationships
  16. Is courageous, and is able to face into the wind of challenges and ride with the wind of success
  17. Invests time in people
  18. Understands that money is just a vehicle to bring change, and not an end in itself
  19. Loves working with others, but is committed to accountability to self
  20. Always begins with the end in mind.

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Aim for at least 5 if you’re busy 🙂

 

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.

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New York Stock Exchange – City fears of ‘Great Depression Mark II’ Photo: REUTERS

Edmund Conway, the Times Newspaper Economics Editor, reported recently that leading City experts have started raising the prospect of “Great Depression II” amid worries that the European economic crisis could trigger a deeper bout of chaos.

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Let me ask you this: do you really believe that the so-called experts have a clue what will happen next? I believe they would be quick to say a resounding “no”. In fact, all they, and anyone else, can really say is that the economies of the world are going through an incredible and unstable shift.

No longer can we make the assumptions that once under-girded economic theory and national fiscal policy.

Today, the non-linear nature of this turbulent financial period is becoming more the norm, as markets reel at the latest financial scandal, regulatory blunder or other apocalyptic economic earthquake (example: Google “2012 pension america” and you’ll see what I mean).

So, what to do? Well, if you didn’t yet know this, during the last Great Depression, more millionaires were made (rather, they made themselves) than at any other time in the western world.

Why is this? Simply put: there were some people who understood that the old ways of doing things clearly no longer worked, and they found new ways of achieving the results they wanted.

Spin the clock forward to today, and we have a much larger version of the same basic idea: things have changed in the economic atmosphere. (Let’s push the analogy further, and say that the atmosphere is a new gas).

The biggest single shift that has been occurring over the last 30 years or so is the advent of technology.

For example, did you know, now anyone can learn how to do Forex trading? All you need is some time to learn the skill, some software, and some cash to get started.

And that’s just a tiny, tiny example: think of the number of daily online transactions that occur, if you can. The numbers are simply staggering.

So where does that leave you? Will you have a job in 6 months, or not?

Will you be able to maintain your current standard of living in the face of ever-increasing taxation that is the fallout of the government bailouts?

Do you want to do anything about it or not?

Should you learn how to get to grips with the skills that are needed now, before your job disappears?

Only you can evaluate your answers. But one thing is clear: you can’t afford to ignore what is happening, and hope that it will all go back to how it used to be, because it won’t.

The economic paradigm shift is just revving its engines, and isn’t even off the runway yet.

So make sure you take action, and get educated sooner, rather than later.

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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.

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