Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Ah, New Year’s Eve. Party hats, Cheap champagne, Half-hearted resolutions  (that often don’t make it to January 2). The “holiday” season, and its culmination on New Year’s Eve, bring back some of my darkest memories as an entrepreneur. This was suppose to be the year. The year it took off, and the passive income ball started rolling into a massive ball of cash. The year I could look my friends and family in the eye and say “I told you so.” The year my business clicked and I became the polished picture of perfection I saw in all those sales videos. I mean, I bought their courses. I tried their ways. Sometimes. Yes, I admit, shinier objects came along and distracted me. But I tried them too. And they all said they were just like me a few years ago. A big ole mess of looming debt, an unkept house, a hidden gem in their market. Before the big house that doesn’t look lived in. Before the glittery outfit with matching jewelry, coordinating eyeshadow and a $300 haircut. Before the $1000/hour video crew that could make the Unibomber look as trustworthy as Larry King . . . New Year’s Eve. Dammit, where’d I even put that list of this year’s goals?? So seriously and optimistically crafted exactly a year ago. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not like them. They won’t quit smoking, lose weight, stop yelling at their kids, or use that gym membership. But I will. I will build that business. The one that gives me financial freedom to make decisions without concern for money. The one that brings...
Can a Serious Entrepreneur Be Seriously Broke?

Can a Serious Entrepreneur Be Seriously Broke?

Apparently not, if you listen to the latest “guru speak” I’ve heard on webinars and in sales presentations. (And actually it’s nothing new, it’s just getting to me lately . . .) It seems that if you’re “serious” about your business, you will find a way to sink $1000, $2000, or even $5000 into Joe Guru’s program. His program will work if you do. And if you don’t have enough belief in yourself that you can make the investment back before the credit card bill is due, or in time to pay Uncle John back by next month . . . well that’s just another in a long line of faults you have. One more indicator that you’re a lazy fraud, rather than the serious entrepreneur you claim to be. Without fail, the program creator will have a sympathetic “me too” story for you when you confess to not being able to buy his program. “I know what you’re saying. That was me too when I started out. I was living in my mom’s basement and had to borrow the $2000 to buy my first marketing course . . . (Or I had to spread the payment over three credit cards!) . . .” So it’s up to you. You can “man up” and find the money . . . or continue to disappoint poor little Janie by not having the money to take her to Disney World again this year. By the end of these presentations all the “have-nots” have convinced themselves that maybe robbing a bank is a viable plan for getting their hands on Joe Guru’s...
How Breaking the Rules of Christmas Can Make You Happy and Wealthy

How Breaking the Rules of Christmas Can Make You Happy and Wealthy

This year my kids had a gift-free Christmas. I’m still not 100% sure why I made this decision. Likely a combination of a few different reasons. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say they’ve behaved badly lately. Not just lately really, it’s become a long-term pattern. One that I can’t seem to break with any consequence I impose. If it was not Christmas time, and they asked me to buy them a toy, the answer would be a clear and unequivocal “no.” Your lack of respect for me, and the peacefulness of our household will not result in you getting what you want anyway. For me, that sends the wrong message. I am not at all a “hard-ass” mom. Not even close. Some of my children, because of bad choices made by their birth moms, have been left with unfair challenges in life. I’m sympathetic to that and I make accommodations for it. But guess what. No one really cares that you started life with a disadvantage. It’s not like you’re gifted a free pass that you can hand out as an excuse for the rest of your life. So I raise them to succeed in spite of the fact that they got a slow start out of the gate. To take responsibility for what they become, and not make excuses. I did not make the gift-free Christmas decision lightly. But I will tell you what eventually made it easy for me. The Rules of Christmas As I began to approach Christmas differently this year, I realized there are actually rules for Christmas. And everyone assumes that you...
Why Your Online Business is Better Than Santa Claus

Why Your Online Business is Better Than Santa Claus

This is the moment we’ve all been working towards since the Halloween leftovers went to the 75% off shelf on November 1. At many stores you had until 9:00 last night to come up with the “perfect” gifts for the ones you love (and the ones you have that dreadful obligation to buy for). And today, all will be revealed. Lives will be changed with iDevices, video game consoles, and $100 dolls that require wardrobes more expensive than my own. Or will they? Of course not. Because all this “stuff” that we put so much time and effort into acquiring, isn’t what we really want at all. “Version 4” that we waited in line all night to get our hands on will be so outdated by next Christmas that we wouldn’t take it if you tried to give it away. So thanks for your efforts Santa Claus, but the present we really want, is presence. I admit the stuff can be fun. But what I remember about Christmases past is not the stuff I got, as much as the memories I made. Baking cookies with my mom, hand washing the good china with my aunts and grandma after an unbelievable feast, family game time, playing in the snow. Being together. And that’s where your online business comes in. Your business has the unlimited potential to give you these gifts that keep on giving. How to Claim Your Online Business Gifts While the specifics may vary, the motivating factor behind starting your online business likely had to do with wanting to be more present in your life. For your kids, your...

How My $53,000 Online Business Education Saves You Time and Money

  Here’s the thing I wish I had known when I started my first online business in 1997. Well, it’s actually one of several things that would have saved me many years and much money. But, it’s probably the biggest thing. There is not a product, service, or piece of software out there that is going to make you $10,000 in your first 30 days. And it’s not even so much about me. Because this is also the biggest mistake I’ve seen friends, colleagues, and clients make over the years. Your enthusiasm for learning when you first start your online business is admirable. I felt completely unstoppable, and was committed to do anything to make this “internet thing” work. And that’s where the expert copywriters come in. They seize upon your naive optimism and late-night “how to make money online” Google searches. And they promise you the moon. What I find most interesting about this is that you don’t have to be a “sucker” to get sucked into these sales letters. For example, we all know better than to believe the advertising we hear on TV. I can’t count the number of times my kids have come to me during a commercial, and with genuine excitement in their voices, told me about the latest product that is going to be life-changing. Most recently, the cup you shake for 2 minutes that magically produces a Smoothie King-quality drink without the time, effort or expense. Sorry, I’m just not buying it (literally!). The Psychology Behind All the “Buying” But I did buy hundreds, and thousands, of dollars worth of products and services...

1 Small Tweak that Gets Big Results in Your Business

I talk to people who aren’t making the money they want in their online business, and aren’t serving the number of people they want to, almost daily. I also regularly talk to those who are making it happen. As a person who’s had a lot of success, and had a lot of struggle, one of the things I focus on is studying entrepreneurs who are extremely successful. The big question I have for those who have lots of clients, and lots of profits, is: What separates you from the entrepreneurs who are trying, but can’t build a profitable business? I’ve never seen or heard answers that show successful entrepreneurs to be smarter, luckier, or full of better ideas than the rest of the world. To the contrary, online business owners who “make it” do so because of the mindset they develop, and the habits they put into practice. In today’s video, I’m going to share with you the one factor that is the essential foundation for any successful business strategy. If you aren’t getting the results you want in your online business, there are likely several things you’ll need to do to change that. But, it all starts with one common ground. I’ll then give you a simple exercise to get you started. Finally, I’ll explain why this process is scientifically proven to give you better results in your life and business than other methods you’ve probably tried in the past. Enjoy the video! Now, here’s the catch. First, most people won’t take time to watch the video. If you did, you’re halfway there. But, second, of those who...