Author: chrys

The Twelve Days of Internet Marketing Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A word processor in a PC. On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Three Ebook templates, Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me The Four Hour Workweek, Three Ebook templates, Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Five WordPress themes, The Four Hour Workweek, Three Ebook templates, Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Six mind maps, Five WordPress themes, The Four Hour Workweek, Three Ebook templates, Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Seven Facebook fan pages, Six mind maps, Five WordPress themes, The Four Hour Workweek, Three Ebook templates, Two IPOD APPs, And a word processor in a PC. On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Eight google keywords, Seven Facebook fan pages, Six mind maps, Five WordPress themes, The Four Hour Workweek,...

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Thank you Seth Godin

There are lots of people worth listening to, but post for post Seth Godin probably scores higher on the “pure wisdom scale”  (if there was one) than anyone online.  On a daily basis he explores some concept and makes it relevant.  He doesn’t sell, he doesn’t instruct and he doesn’t preach.  He just offers up knowledge to whoever will drink from the spring. For those of us who may have found ourselves chained to a desk for the past 20 years, it helps rekindle those flames of business revolution that we may have flirted with in days past.  For what Tim Ferris does at dissecting reality, Seth adds a conceptual dimension to give things new meaning.   I encourage you to sign up for his blog to get a daily dose of wisdom that is rare to say the least.    – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ Regardless of where you are in your life and what you want to do with it, unless you are already have the lifestyle you want, you aren’t there now.  You are where you are because of the choices you made and the way you think.  Some of those things you might have changed in retrospect, but I’m also sure you wouldn’t trade some of those experiences either.  So I look at everything as foundation.  Some people just take longer at laying it.   It’s never too...

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But I’m Over 40

When I was in my twenties I invested in real estate, traveled the world, would go running at midnight, and generally got around 4 hours sleep.  Wine (actually more beer), women and song played a large part of that as well.  You’re at that stage in life where you are past being an invincible teenager, but you have haven’t gotten to the soccer dad, occasional medical procedure, wouldn’t it be nice to sleep in on the weekends stage.  It’s this window of wonder and uncertainty that rock stars are born – or not born.  The Internet is full of them.   Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Shaun Fanning, etc.  And especially in Internet Marketing circles the list of 20 somethings who are raking on 7 figures doing something that sounds almost too easy, continues to grow.  For those of us over 40 who didn’t become a millionaire before age 30, it’s inspiring and frustrating at the same time.  Most of us eased out of that magical time into a little house, mini-van and 2.5 kids without even noticing. I’d like to think there is still hope.  The key is unlearning bad habits and start identifying ways to reclaim time from your 9 to 5, get the kids to volleyball practice and walk the dog life.  Start identifying those things that you tolerate in your life.  It may be doing yard work, paying...

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First Things First

How many times have you heard the phrase “First Things First” .   It’s probably earned the designation of cliche so you may not have paid as much attention to it.  But here’s the reality.  Our days are often the products of bad habits and other people’s priorities.  We tend to gravitate towards things that are time sensitive and reward based.  We turn on our computer, click a button and we are rewarded with a new batch of items that may present new and exciting opportunities for us.  Such is the magic of email.  Well not really.  Email is really a bad habit based on primarily passive activity.  Click the button and get your orders for the day.  Or if you are at home maybe it’s a facebook friend request, details on black friday specials, or maybe the latest product launch.  Fast forward 2 hours and maybe you’ve gotten through the batch.  Whether at home or at work, your time has just been sucked away from.  And what was it that you were going to do today?  It’s now been pushed to the back of list.  All by just checking email. So what was on your to-do list?  Tomorrow, try moving it to the front of the list.  Do not check email until it’s done.  Try to limit the task to under 2 hours otherwise it may be more...

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Virtual Assistant Alternatives

Lots of gurus out there are telling you to outsource your life.  Get a virtual assistant (VA) and start maximizing your time.  Sounds great – sign me up!  Somewhere in the Philippines or India some hard working assistant is waiting to fulfill all your business needs for only a few hundred dollars a month full time.  Amazing – 160 hours of your life returned to you for less than $10 an hour.  But what is this person actually going to do? If you are like me, you have looked at a variety of VA options and concluded that you weren’t ready for a full time person.  Ok – plan B.  Let’s look at a block of time – say 40 hours. It’s a lower barrier to entry but it costs a little more per hour.  You are still back to the basic problem of what is this person going to do.  Even if you know the answer to that question, there is the issue of instructions.  Outline every process, assemble all usernames and passwords, and make sure that someone other than you can follow it.  If you have a well orchestrated business with consistent processes you are probably in good shape.  This is where I got stuck. My business processes were aperiodic and writing up documentation for the occasional times that tasks needed to be done was infinitely more...

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