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June 26th, 2015 – A Day To Remember

June 26th, 2015. This is one of those day where you’ll remember where you were and what you were doing. Today is the day the Supreme Court of the United States of America made marriage for us gay folk the law of the land. Today is the day the United States of America did indeed become a more perfect union.

I woke up around 10 am this morning and received a text message from my sister in law in TN with the photo you see in this post. I turned on the TV to see the news. I always believed marriage equality would happen, I just didn’t really hope to see it happen in my lifetime. Oh what a happy day!

The San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and festivities are set to take place tomorrow, June 27th, which also happens to be my birthday. I haven’t been to a Pride Day in years, and this one is sure to be spectacular and joyful. Don’t know if I’ll make it to the City, but my heart will be there.

Also on this day, the USWNT played and defeated China to become one of the final four teams to challenge for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Tomorrow I wake up to my 55th year, and to the beginning of a brand new world .. how wonderful is that!?

Tired

Long day. Worked my j.o.b. last night from 8 pm – 6 am, then drove an hour to my monthly business mastermind meeting. There’s usually 5 of us in the group, but 2 were out due to illness. The 3 of us remaining had a great morning session, then went for lunch. Group was done early, so I got to visit my grandfather at a more reasonable hour.

It’s 11:00 pm and I’m now ready to sleep. Eyes are tired. Then I remembered I needed to post, so here I am. Anyway, it’s been a really good day, a lot was accomplished today, and I’m feeling good and tired. Staying at Bumpa’s house tonight because it’s too risky to drive home, and I’ve really missed him. He sleeps a good part of the day now, but we just like to hang out together and watch John Wayne movies.

I’ll hang out until sometime after noon tomorrow, then make my way back home. Still have a lot of work to do on the home front, so need to get to it. This will be a fun weekend hanging out with my family. Not going to push it, or try to get anything done except for that.

G’nite world 🙂

Back To Bags

I slept late today. That is until my pups decided it was time, and woke me up with puppy kisses. Got up feeling pretty good and well rested.

My dad is throwing a huge family party this coming Sunday to celebrate my grandfather. I did some RSVP coordination for him and volunteered to pick Bumpa up and get him to the party nice and early. Bumpa is 95 years old (soon to be 96) and it’s a good time to get everyone together and party ‘cuz you just never know how much time you have.

Folks are coming from all over for this party .. and it sounds like there will be about 50-60 family members in attendance.
I’ve got the best family ever!

Also heard from a long lost business acquaintance. Been out of touch for about two years, and out of the blue I received a phone call and voice message. Looks like we may be doing some business together again in the fairly near future. In a fortuitous side note, the folks at Rapid Crush launched a brand new ecommerce theme, specially designed to promote a single product, or single line of products.

I was debating about getting it, when I heard from my friend .. and there ya go. Decision made. It’s the perfect theme for this new single product. I’m cautiously optimistic at this point. If all goes right, this could be very lucrative for both of us.

One of the things I’m working on is setting up some affiliate systems. Going through a bit of training right now, and hope to have some projects set up in the coming weeks.

Looking forward to my local mastermind meeting tomorrow morning. Lots of stuff to report.

Sugar, JJ Virgin And Baby Girl

My Honey asked me to join her in JJ Virgin’s Sugar Solution Challenge. She has serious cravings and a family propensity for diabetes. Of course I’ll do it with her .. always easier to make lifestyle changes if all members of the household are on the same page.

A good deal of tonight was spent on going through an overview of the program and printing out the workbooks and various forms for the challenge. So, it appears the second half of 2015 will be a time of lifestyle challenges for me.
I’m up for it .. bring it on!

Oh, my Baby Girl is doing much better. Still in a little bit of pain early in the morning, but it seemed to wear off as the day went on. She’s about back to normal, thank Goodness.

Business-wise, I didn’t get a whole lot accomplished today .. and that’s okay. Not going to beat myself up about it. Will just try to get more done tomorrow.

That’s going to be it for today. I’m tired and so will listen to my body and go take a nap.

Until tomorrow ..

Family Stuff

Had to take my favorite cat to the vet today. She was exhibiting sign of being in significant pain, with low growling and crying. This started very last last night, or very early in the morning, if you’re a night owl. The vet did some tests and said that she could not find any reason for the pain. No broken bones, no bite or fight marks, and no bladder infection (thank Goodness.)

Baby Girl was still appearing to be in a bit of pain this morning, though the growling and crying had stopped. Hard to hear your kids cry like that.
Anyway, she’s doing better and totally NOT loving that she has to stay indoors so we can monitor her. Hope she’s even better tomorrow.

Looked at my last post and noticed that my link to one of the products was not working properly. Geesh! I’ll get to fixing that sometime tomorrow.
At least all the hassle and practice I had getting those two products up gave me some very good practice for future reference. I still have a full-blown membership training site and numerous training videos to set up and install.

Chatted with my entrepreneurial nephew yesterday. He’s a new daddy and going to school at the same time. I could use some help with getting some of the more techy things done and hiring him would be a very good thing for both of us. I have lots of projects which need to be customized and set up. Hiring him will free me to do some more immediate income generating projects, while earning him a bit of spending money, and keeping him fresh at the same time. More on that later this week or next.

You may ask what any of this has to do with running a business. Well as Entrepreneurs, sometimes Life requires one to adapt and change plans on a dime. Start getting used to it now 😀

Hijacked

I got sidetracked today. Woke up with a few items on my To Do list and didn’t get any of them done, well, except for this post! Too hot to do anything outside and too cozy inside to concentrate on much. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

What got me off track was coffee. I LOVE coffee. My partner says I’m a coffee snob, and I reckon that’s a true statement. I like my coffee hot, fresh and delicious. If it doesn’t taste good, I won’t drink it. Period. Anyways, I have a coffee site that I’m playing around with, and found some pretty cool sources for wholesale and affiliate coffee related products. I’ll be exploring those much more in the very near future.

I’m going to go through a couple of video tutorials also. I have a couple of training courses I need to get online with buy buttons and need to figure out how to list them in Zaxaa. I love the Zaxaa interface and all the great features it provides. Like JVZoo, it has a place where you can find your entire purchase history for easy access. It also has a built for it membership plugin for protecting your product access. So, since I’m not up to doing much else today .. Zaxaa setup tutorials will have to do.

I’ve also been kinda sorta keeping my eyes and ears open for an internet marketing virtual assistant. I’ve realized that I could get so much more accomplished if I had a little help. I know, most entrepreneurs I know have learned that lesson long ago. I’m a bit slow to let things go 🙂

On to the tutorials …

Ongoing Projects

Today I’ll ramble on about a few of the projects I have in various stages of progress. Yes, I said a few projects. As an entrepreneur and human being, there are a good number of things which I enjoy and which interest me. I have some of both going on.

www.UltimateSportsBags.com and www.Girl-Jocks.com. Both of these sites are up and active and have made some decent income. As I progress with my own technical abilities and knowledge of internet marketing, I see things which could work better, look better, and perform better as time goes on. Both of those sites will be upgraded with more progressive wordpress themes, and plugins for a variety of functions.

www.ProSurvivalTips.com, www.NinjaWholesale.com and www.HawaiiLikeALocal.com are affiliate marketing sites, which may turn into authority niche sites as well. All of the niches I’m involved in are all niches I have an actual interest in, or have tie-ins to future endeavors. For instance, I’m also involved in private labeling some products which I plan on selling via Amazon FBA and on my own website. I’m interested in reaching my own brand customers and complementary products from other vendors. Why leave money on the table? Get the customer either way. If they don’t buy my product, I can still make commissions if they buy a competing or complementary product.

www.WomensSportsAuthority.com is a site which will bring all the women’s sports news, articles, updates, scores .. everything related to women’s sports .. together into one site. There are a couple of websites which report on only the mainstream teams, leagues, and players. www.WomensSportsAuthority.com will endeavor to bring you ALL of women’s sports, from the local to the national.

I think that should do it for now. There are other projects in the works, which I’m sure I’ll touch on eventually. It may seem like there’s a lot going on here .. and there is. And it’s all part of my masterplan 🙂

Until tomorrow …

Affiliate Marketing And DFY Systems

A couple of things I’m going to incorporate more into my business are Affiliate Marketing and Systems. Affiliate Marketing is simply referring or recommending products or services to my friends and customers. Since I purchase a lot of products, and I love sharing great finds .. I might as well recommend them with an affiliate link and earn a commission for a sale. I’ve done this occasionally for years, but this year I’m getting serious with creating additional passive income streams.

DFY (Done For You) products and systems are my theme so far this year. I’ve always had more time than money, so when I needed something done, I’d learn it and do it myself. This year I’m all about getting things done as quickly and efficiently as possible so I can start earning my investments back quicker. I’m still learning to set up products and funnels, but I’d rather be earning .. so I’ll be changing things up.

I’ve invested in some super high quality DFY affiliate and membership sites and am in the process of customizing and setting things up. I’ll post progress reports on the various sites as they happen.

Another thing on my agenda is to update my Girl-Jocks and Ultimate Sports Bags websites. I’ve been thinking about changing and updating the themes and pages. Those are not high on my priority list because they’re already online and operational, however they are on my list of things to do.

Maybe during this 30 Day Writing Challenge I’ll list out my To Do List and let you see my progress.

Noah Kagan: What Babysitting Taught Me About Business

Noah Kagan reg@okdork.com via aweber.com

Just received this via email and love it. Finally a marketer is seeing the light of how it really is for folks in real life. Now I don’t have children, however I do have a partner and am Mom to 10 fur kids – 8 cats, 2 dogs. They’re a handful. Anyway, read on 🙂

My brother has a 6 month old baby and I volunteered to help watch him for a few days.This is a picture after I got both shoulders puked on by baby Atlas.

He’s a cute kid and I figured I could leave the kid in his crib while I did my work and activities throughout the day.

Shit…I was completely wrong.

I used to think (in my ignorance) that people with kids were too lazy to start their own business.

I used to say to them, “Just make more time.” or “You have to make it a priority!”

I apologize.

Fortunately, we always can learn from our mistakes.

Here are 9 things I learned about business from watching a baby for 4 days:

1. Time limitations increase productivity. 

Baby Atlas did not care about my phone calls or my schedule. The 2 times a day he took naps were the only chances I got to work on my todos for the week. With that limited window, I made sure to list out my exact priorities for the day and reduced all distractions during that time. No Skype (sorry I can’t do a call or nope that article isn’t all that important). Basically, children are the ultimate lifehack. (Warning: I don’t encourage having a child just to increase your productivity 🙂

2. Do more of what works. 

Most days I was feeding Atlas just 2 ounces of baby formula. Then I realized after I fed him 4 ounces of food that he would fall asleep sooner so I could work. Then for all future feedings I did my best to give him more food so he would fall asleep. The key thing for your business is identify what things are working well and find ways to do more of that.

3. Most times you’re uncomfortable there’s a simple problem to solve it. 

Poop, food, burp, move. Those are the 4 key things. The only way a child can communicate a problem is to scream or cry–they can’t spell it out for you. In your business you may be hearing a problem you are ignoring. When looking at the fundamentals that can satisfy the child, it was frankly pretty simple. Diaper clean, check (it’s overrated how hard it is to change them), fed, check, burped check or move the child around. All done. Go back to the basics when you are trying to solve problems. Keep it simple. .

4. Reduce your judgments of other people.

I never realized how tiring it is to take care of a baby in the morning, go to work, come home, clean, take care of the kid and then try to find time to start your own business. A few months ago, I saw a mother when I was getting my pedicure (only judge me a little bit) who was yelling at her 3 kids. I was thinking to myself, what a terrible mother. Now I know a little bit more about what she was going through. When you are interviewing someone, talking with a customer or dealing with a co-worker, reduce your natural tendency to pass judgment. You don’t know what it’s like for them.

5. Enable learning triggers. 

I didn’t have as much time for the gym so I chose to walk the baby in the morning. It was too hard to do my daily reading so I started to listen to podcasts instead. If you are driving, can you listen to an audio book instead of zoning out. Or if the kid is sleeping in your arms then put on a YouTube video of Jay Abrahams talking about marketing.

6. Ignore non-critical activities and pay someone to handle them.
When the baby was crying for food, I completely ignored washing the dishes. And I ignored the yard, the laundry, and everything else. The highest priority was making baby Atlas happy again. You start recognizing the highest value activities. For your business, figure out which activities are really generating you more money and which ones can you pay someone else to handle.

7. Prioritize yourself. 

You know how airlines always tell you to put on your oxygen mask before you put it on your child? That’s true for life. If you don’t take the time to take care of yourself, you won’t be at your best to take care of your child. My brother gets up at 5am so he can make time to meditate and exercise. He knows that gives him more energy and he feels better all day which translates to how he treats his child.

8. Adapt to your limitations. 

I typed one-handed when I was feeding the kid. You are going to be constrained in your business, everyone is limited in some way. Figure out how you can work with that situation and still get work done, even if it’s at 50%. Maybe I could have use dictation software or done more phone calls during feeding.

9. Take baby selfies.

Take a lot of these. People love them. That’s all. 🙂 Like a successful business, people only see the good times—not the hardwork that goes into them.

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In the words of the great Ali G to all the parents starting or running their own businesses, “Respect!” 

If you’re a parent and you run a business of any size, please leave a comment and share the lessons you’ve learned about business from raising your kids.

Love,
Noah

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Income For Dummies – Trading Hours For Dollars

Here’s an article by Steve Pavlina which just might open your eyes…

“It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job.  But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.  In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself.  There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude.

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:

1. Income for dummies.

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea.  There’s only one problem with it.  It’s stupid!  It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income!  This is truly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb?  Because you only get paid when you’re working.  Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working?  Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working?  Who taught you that you could only earn income while working?  Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too?  Why not get paid 24/7?  Get paid whether you work or not.  Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them?  Why not your bank account?

Who cares how many hours you work?  Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office.  Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60.  But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it.  We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive.  Do you really care how long it took me to write this article?  Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path.  So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered.  Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way.  And of course there is a better way.  The key is to de-couple your value from your time.

Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income.  This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.  The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not.  From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system.  At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either.  I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year.  The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account.  It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway.  But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right?  Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name).  Everything after that was profit.

Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems.  But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs.  Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money?  If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead.  If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free.  As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.

Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged.  Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it.  How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway.  You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave.  This isn’t all or nothing.  If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited experience.

You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience.  But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf.  You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not.  A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all.  Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over.  You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate.  This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable.  And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat.  In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years.  Will your job even exist then?

Consider this.  Which experience would you rather gain?  The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money – or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again?  Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience.  That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?

3. Lifelong domestication.

Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program.  You learn how to be a good pet.

Look around you.  Really look.  What do you see?  Are these the surroundings of a free human being?  Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals?  Have you fallen in love with the color beige?

How’s your obedience training coming along?  Does your master reward your good behavior?  Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you?  Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life?

Humans are not meant to be raised in cages.  You poor thing…

4. Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is.  In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes.  The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck.  But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits.  Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it.  You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.

Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income.  After all, who has more control over the tax system?  Business owners and investors or employees?

You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.  Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see.  It goes straight into other people’s pockets.

What a generous person you are!

5. Way too risky.

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves.

Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing.  It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth.

Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you?  Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly.  You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone.  If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6. Having an evil bovine master.

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way.  When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master?  Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.”  And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you?  Nothing but a turd in the herd.

Who’s your daddy?

7. Begging for money.

When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money?  Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”

8. An inbred social life.

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet.  They hang out with the same people working in the same field.  Such incestuous relations are social dead ends.  An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens.  Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers.  Ooooh… scary!  Better stay inside where it’s safe.

If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend?  If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist?  Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you?  Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate.  Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!

9. Loss of freedom.

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee.  The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will.  A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations.  This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible.  Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question.  Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave.

As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on.  We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we?  That would ruin everything.

God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy.  Oh no, it’s the end of the world!  Cindy has a plant on her desk!  Summon the enforcers!  Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course.  The only policy they need is:  “Be smart.  Be nice.  Do what you love.  Have fun.”

10. Becoming a coward.

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies?  But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault.  It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards.  If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free.  You’ve become your master’s property.

When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you?  Of course it will.  It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear:  first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will.  You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion.  And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.

I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down.  It is never too late to regain your courage.  Never!

Still want a job?

If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness.  It’s all part of the conditioning.  But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all.  This is only a reminder of what you already know.  You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there.  Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now… like a lobster enjoying a nice warm bath.

If any of this makes you mad, that’s a step in the right direction.  Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so it’s a lot better than being numb all the time.  Any emotion — even confusion — is better than apathy.  If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, you’ll soon emerge on the doorstep of courage.  And when that happens, you’ll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living like the powerful human being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated pet you’ve been trained to be.

Happily jobless

What’s the alternative to getting a job?  The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means.  Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time – so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.  One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business.  Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it.  It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy.  Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change.

And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value.  So even your mistakes can be monetized.

One of the greatest fears you’ll confront is that you may not have any real value to offer others.  Maybe being an employee and getting paid by the hour is the best you can do.  Maybe you just aren’t worth that much.  That line of thinking is all just part of your conditioning.  It’s absolute nonsense.  As you begin to dump such brainwashing, you’ll soon recognize that you have the ability to provide enormous value to others and that people will gladly pay you for it.  There’s only one thing that prevents you from seeing this truth — fear.

All you really need is the courage to be yourself.  Your real value is rooted in who you are, not what you do.  The only thing you need actually do is express your real self to the world.  You’ve been told all sort of lies as to why you can’t do that.  But you’ll never know true happiness and fulfillment until you summon the courage to do it anyway.

The next time someone says to you, “Get a job,” I suggest you reply as Curly did:  ”No, please… not that!  Anything but that!”  Then poke him right in the eyes.

You already know deep down that getting a job isn’t what you want.  So don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise.  Learn to trust your inner wisdom, even if the whole world says you’re wrong and foolish for doing so.  Years from now you’ll look back and realize it was one of the best decisions you ever made.”

~July 21st, 2006 by Steve Pavlina

Open Yourself To Possibillities

Do you have any special skills or talents?

Can you type? Write articles or stories?

Are you into design or fashion?

Are you a shopper with an eye for bargains?

Then this is the website for you.

This site’s mission is to open your eyes and mind to possibilities.

Why learn the skills necessary to get a job, when with those same skills you could start your own business?

If you’re interested in learning how to build your own business, earn your own income and create your own independent lifestyle – then welcome to IMShero.

Who am I and why the heck should you listen to me?

I’m a 53 year old woman who has been there and done that. I joined the US Navy when I was 18 and did indeed travel the world, saw the sights and enjoyed some wonderful adventures. After the Navy and a couple of small jobs, I got on with an airline communications company and have been there for nearly 21 years. Good job, good pay, good benefits. Nothing to complain about – though I would love to stay home more with my family.

I’ve always been an athlete and into sports. So I found a niche and built a website around that niche – women’s sports memorabilia & collectibles: www.Girl-Jocks.com.

Then, since I’ve always been active and have played softball and other sports since I was 7, I’m very familiar with sporting goods and equipment. I found a company which makes the best sports bags I’ve ever seen and knew at once that I could sell those bags. So I built another website: www.UltimateSportsBags.com.

Those websites are nothing fancy but they do the trick. I didn’t know the first thing about building websites, but I wanted to learn and so I did. I studied marketing on my own because I realized very early on that no matter what I decided to sell – nothing gets sold without marketing.

Anyway – my little www.UltimateSportsBags.com website which sells all of 17 products, made a $100,000 in sales a couple years running. My goal is to replicate that with other products sites and courses this year.

I’m always learning and plan on expanding my knowledge of other other business models like: Affiliate Marketing (selling other people’s products for commission) and Information Marketing (selling digital information products like ebooks, videos & software).

I have also recently teamed up with a wonderful business partner, Tracy Hoobyar. We have different yet complementary skill sets and push each other in the best of ways. Our first joint venture is hosting a Live Event for Women and Teen Internet Marketers in Reno, NV in April 4-6, 2014. Tons of great things are happening for both of us now .. and you can come along for the ride.

I have a gazillion ideas and my mind is wide open to possibilities .

If you’d like to go along for the ride, I’ll point you in the direction of a variety of online business models. You decide what looks best to you and I’ll point you in the direction of relevent tutorials, training materials & courses to get you up and going.

Why am I doing this?

Well, I’ve been studying and learning about various business models for a couple of years and have spent a lot of money on this, that and the other thing. Just about everything looks good when you have a lot of dreams and no plan. My aim here is to share with you the things I’ve found that work and to help you avoid the things that don’t. I’m about personal empowerment and helping other women create their dream lifestyles – and if I can do this and help you save time, effort and money along the way – I’ll have fulfilled my purpose.

I am IMShero and I have built a 6 figure online business from scratch … and I’ll show you how you can do it too.

If you have questions – just ask and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.