We all have them but they serve us in both good and evil ways. The good news is you can literally change a habit in an instant, my thing was to wake up two hours earlier than I normally did, it takes discipline but it’s worth it and allows you to create a ‘things to do list’ and then execute. Here’s a tip, only put 6 of the most important tasks you need done, it helps you come out with a victory at the end of each day.
Changing your habits in an instant is a mantra Tony Robbins preached when I was a client services director in his organization many moons ago. He preaches this in his seminars today. It’s not easy but it isn’t hard either, just depends on what your goals are and how motivated you are to achieve them. If you want it you can do it, you just have to decide.
While it’s a good idea to subscribe to a few lists to get the 411 on what’s going on in the Internet marketing and business world, if you’re on too many lists you can easily get bombarded with emails that it all becomes noise and you end up reading nothing. If that’s you, maybe it’s time to scale back a little?
Some of my favorite entrepreneurs include Lewis Howes, Tony Robbins, Ramit Sethi and Jack Canfield but I do my best not to overdo it because I value what they say and also value my time. When I subscribed to a litany of lists and got showered in daily emails, I started to get time-sucked into Youtube and blog wormholes (says a blogger) and in the end, I stopped reading and watching a lot of them.
So I scaled back and probably subscribe to 8-10 lists now. One of them, consulting guru Sam Ovens, sent an email today that bears repeating. In its essence, it talks about having patience in business and that’s good advice. If you’re just starting out or you’re in a venture that’s not panning out as well as you first thought, before you bail and move on to the next thing take a step back and look at things from 30,000 feet, so to speak.
That said, after many years removed from being involved in an MLM business model, I pretty much vowed never to get into this type of business again.
It’s not because I think MLM or, in this case 50/50 Crowdfunding, is a scam, in fact it’s the contrary. It’s because of the number of bridges I’ve burned promoting some amazing MLM deal and I didn’t want to go through THAT again. For some people they love the business model and that’s all good, each to their own.
So last week, along comes a business associate and friend, both of five years, who introduces me to this new business opportunity where everyone is doing well in it, financially speaking. Right there, I wanted to run away and even worse, when he shows me 50/50 Crowdfunding, the first thing I say is “this is a money game”.
After spending 10 glorious days in the beautiful island-country of Cuba, it made me realize just how lucky we are to be living in the western world, warts and all. Admittedly, this happens whenever I go away or see the less fortunate but it’s no less cathartic.
We tend to complain about the silliest things and become outraged for the sake of being outraged. Part of the reason is we’re constantly bombarded with shiny objects that take our focus away from our purpose in life, whatever that may be. When you work from home, it can become that much more difficult.
So when it comes to your business and its marketing, I think about what Marketer and cartoonist – a ‘Marketoonist’ – Tom Fishburne once said: “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing”. He’s so right but how do you utilize this concept to attract new clients into your world?
Focus on your marketing strengths.
If you are diversifying your marketing methods, for example, your spend is in Facebook, Craigslist and LinkedIn but your best results come from Facebook, why put your resources elsewhere? Double down on FB. It sounds so simple and it is but many people I talk to complicate things because that makes more sense to them. And it’s true, some people function better with chaos in their lives. Not me.
I prefer talking to pre-qualified people because in the end people buy from people, not websites. That’s my marketing strength but maybe it’s different for you.
As they say there is more than one way to skin a cat and in marketing it’s no different. One of the best masters out there, Mr. Grant Cardone, is a genius in sales and marketing. Watch how he helps a young, aspiring – and inspiring – hedge fund investor with ideas on how to raise money. Notice in the end it comes down to simply focusing on one thing to get it done:
The old saying that you get what you pay for is, for the most part, universally true.
But what if you learned a valuable skill for free, what did you end up paying? You paid with your time of course but if you want to learn something and have more free time than budget, YouTube should be your go-to. Continue reading “Getting the Most Out of YouTube”
If you’re ready to launch your new business or you’ve been in one for some time, you know how important it is to have a marketing budget, or at least you should. This is something many new online entrepreneurs don’t anticipate, that spending money on marketing – and other items – on a regular basis is a key component in growing your business.
As the British would say about that headline, ‘you’re taking the piss’. After all, who doesn’t like to be paid in cash?
When it comes to participating in legitimate online paid surveys, there are a few out there and I noted one of them in a previous post. However, many pay in gift cards, coupons and points but here is one that’s different.
It’s called Paid View Point.com and it’s different because the surveys you take are the quick in-and-out-done-in-a-few-minutes type of surveys. You certainly won’t get rich doing it but if you’re invited to do a survey, you’re guaranteed to get paid in cash, via PayPal. It’s ideal for stay-at-home-moms or retirees or for people who have time to kill and want to make a few bucks online. Check it out here.
If you own rental property you know the best day of the month is the first day, when rent is due. That’s when you calculate your cash flow and rejoice in the passive income, excellent!
However, as you know, life doesn’t work so seamlessly and there are usually hiccups in the road like, bloody hell, my tenant hasn’t paid his rent and is now giving me excuses as to why he doesn’t have it blah blah blah. The bottom line is if his inability to pay rent continues, ultimately he has to go. The next issue to tackle is now you have to find a new tenant.
No matter what business you’re in, you want your marketing dollars giving you the biggest bang for your buck. So if you’re looking to generate new customers as quickly as possible, it’s important you connect with those already in your line of business and advertise where they do because it works.
It’s been five years now that I’ve been part of a local real estate investment group in the Toronto area.
The guys who head the group of 400+ investors are brilliant marketers, to say the least. Since I joined in 2012, without fail, I’ve received a monthly newsletter in the mail along with a CD of their latest audio interview. You can also access all their audios online along with hundreds of insightful articles. They’re always in your face with their brand but it’s always ok because they consistently deliver value. So what’s the point to all this? Continue reading “The Power of Following A System”