Just over a week ago, on Christmas Eve, we had a gathering.
Not exactly planned … it was a bit more organic than that.
Originally, I was going to go over to my oldest daughter’s to deliver the Christmas presents, but she suggested coming over to our place instead.
She wanted to bring our Christmas presents and visit her Grandma at the same time.
Kind of killing two birds with one stone, you might say.
So anyway, she brought her husband and four of her five daughters with her.
My second daughter came too, although her two children couldn’t make it.
Not only that, but my oldest granddaughter came with her fiancé and their three children. The youngest was only born on the 9th of December, so she’s not even a month old.
Several others unfortunately couldn’t come (I have a huge family), but those who were there had a lovely afternoon.
And it was as if a piece of history being written.
As I looked around the room, I realised that we had five generations all present in the same room at the same time.
Imagine that … FIVE GENERATIONS!
Amazing, eh? It wasn’t planned that way at all.
Isn’t it astonishing what wonderful things can happen just like that, as a kind of accident, without any forward planning.
And wonderful things can happen for you too – especially if you do plan things ahead of time.
Take starting a business on the Internet. All you have to do to make wonderful things happen is to take the first step.
And what better time of year to get started than on the very first day?
Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to start your own business on the Internet?
All you have to do to get started is to download my free report – you can get it by leaving your best email address in the right-hand column of this page – and make a commitment to yourself to get started right now.
And I sincerely wish that, through your entrepreneurial efforts, 2013 will bring you exceptional health, tremendous wealth and abundant happiness.
Happy New Year!
Just for a change, I thought I’d do a vlog – in other words, a video blog.
There’s a transcript after the video, just in case you can’t understand what I’m saying.
I’d love to know what you think. Please leave me a comment at the bottom.
(And don’t forget to go and get your free report!)
Once upon a time there was a woodcutter.
He used to cut down trees for a living and he used to use a saw.
And one day a fellow was walking past the wood where this woodcutter was working, and he noticed that he was making really heavy weather of it.
(Apparently, his saw must have been blunt or something, it wasn’t going through the wood of the tree at all.)
So he went over to the woodcutter and he said to him, “Why don’t you sharpen your saw?”
And the woodcutter turned round to him and said, “I can’t afford to take time off to sharpen the saw. I’ve got to get this tree cut down before midnight.”
And the other guy walked off and then he thought about it and said, “Well, surely, if he just took an hour off, or whatever it takes to sharpen the saw, then he could get this job finished in half a day instead of taking a whole day.”
And, in a way that’s a bit like what I’ve been running up against with my guitar videos.
This is my guitar, and I’m planning to make a video course about how to play the guitar in seven days.
It is possible, using two and a half pencils and a rubber band.
(Yes, I’ll bet that’s got you guessing!)
Anyway, the problem is, when I started playing the guitar, when I started recording some of the videos, it doesn’t sound too wonderful – and it’s not just my playing – [strums chord] that’s not too bad – [strums 2nd chord] not too bad – [strums 3rd chord] not too bad, but it could still be better.
And it’s because I haven’t taken the time to actually take time out and change the strings on it.
If you look at these, these strings here, they’re really … they’ve gone a bit past it, you know, the sweat, the perspiration off my fingers has actually started to corrode the strings and they’re not … they’re not at their brilliant best any more.
So I’ve had to order a set of strings to come through so I can change the strings – I’ll actually film myself changing the strings, so that will actually be part of the course, how to change the strings – but I’m going to have to take the time out to do that job before I can get on with the real job.
And sometimes it’s like that in your business. You know, you have to take time out.
Sometimes you have to take time out to go and meet people, do some networking, or go to some training courses or something like that.
But other times, what you need to do is to take time out to do some reading.
And that’s what I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks: I’ve been concentrating on reading some really good information.
(Notice that was “af-FOR-mations”, not “af-FIR-mations”. I’ll tell you a little bit more about that in a future post.)
But if you really want to get ahead in your business, especially your online business, then the best way I can recommend to you is to start by downloading a copy – a free copy – of my report, all about doing business on the Internet.
Now, if you’re watching this on YouTube, you’ll find the link in the description below.
If you’re already on my blog, you’ll be able to see the link over on the left there. [On the right!]
There’s a sign-in box where you can put your name and your best email address, please. I don’t want to be sending email and free reports and things off to fictitious addresses that don’t exist, like Mickey Mouse, or Benito Mussolini, or anybody like that.
What I’d like is your … really your best email address so that I can send this information to you and it will get to you.
Head over there right now. The blog is at http://InformationMarketingInsights.com and you’ll find lots more information on there, and I’m planning to do maybe some more of these.
Oh, by the way, if you can remember where I got that story about the “sharpening your saw” from, would you mind leaving me a comment at the bottom of the page, to remind me where I got it from, because I can’t for the life of me think where it came from. It’s one of those classic texts, I’m sure, but I just haven’t had the chance to do any research on that one.
So … what are you waiting for?
Get out there and sharpen your own saw.
I have a confession to make.
I really enjoy playing with words. Rolling them around in my mouth before letting them out. Toying with them.
As a songwriter, I love finding rhyming words – the more obscure, the better!
In that respect, I suppose I take after my great singer/songwriter hero, the late Jake Thackray. Now there was a wordsmith!
In one of his better known songs (On Again, On Again, On), he starts off with these inimitable lines:
I love a good bum on a woman
It makes my day.
To me it is palpable proof of God’s existence
A posteriori …
Jake manages to rhyme “bum” with the first syllable of “woman”, then “day” rhymes with “a”. Classic.
But it’s not just the rhymes that I admire, but also the sheer wit contained in those few lines.
As a Roman Catholic, Jake was very familiar with Latin, so phrases used in logic, like “a priori” and “a posteriori” were also in common currency.
(If you’re new to those expressions, the first one means “from first principles”, and the second means “based upon actual observation or upon experimental data”).
“Posterior” is, of course, an old word for the buttocks (or the “bum” in Northern English), so the Latin tag is also a joke.
And to top it all off, there’s the (rather sexist and politically incorrect) fact that Jake describes a woman’s posterior as “palpable proof”, where “palpable” means that you can feel it, touch it, or even squeeze it.
I miss Jake.
Anyway, back to the rhymes. I was thinking about the word “blog” (which is, as you know, a shortened form of “web log”).
How many words could I find that would rhyme with “blog”?
Well, here’s what I came up with:
Bog (both a marshy place, and a slang word for “toilet”)
Cog (a toothed wheel)
Dog (a canine animal)
Fog (thick water vapour in the air – see my post from 10th December)
Gog (one of a pair of ancient Welsh giants – the other was Magog)
Hog (a kind of pig, or someone who takes up more than their fair share of the available space – e.g. a road hog)
Jog (a particularly pointless way to take exercise)
Log (a lump of wood, or a record regularly kept)
Mog (name of a black cat in a famous series of children’s books)
Nog (the fictional Nordic race, of which Noggin was the prince)
Tog (a measurement of insulation in duvets)
And of course the newcomer – vlog – which is short for “video blog”.
I thought I might try a vlog post next time. What do you think?
The only reason for that is that I’m going to be shooting some video this week. At home, in the “living room”. I suppose I ought to start calling it my “studio”, since that’s really what it’s become.
You see, I’m starting work on a new product – “Play guitar in seven days”. It’s going to be a video course for absolute beginners.
If you’ve never managed to get anything tuneful out of a guitar before, then this course is going to be right up your street.
Keep an eye on this blog, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
And if you’d like to know about a different kind of product – something that will let you start up your own Internet business from absolute scratch – why not get your free copy of my report all about it? Just sign up on the form over on the right-hand side, and tell me what’s the best email address to send the information to.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. (What do you know! Another rhyme!)
Saturday night was a pea-souper in this neck of the woods. Thick fog.
Especially driving over the Pennines from Chesterfield to a little place called Hawk Green, near Marple (which in turn lies near Stockport).
Thank goodness I had my SatNav with me. Even when I couldn’t see the actual road, I could see on the map display all the twists and turns that lay ahead, so I was quite confident all through the hour-and-a-bit drive to Hawk Green.
Owing to urban overspill, Hawk Green is virtually indistinguishable from Marple, apparently.
But I read on the Internet how the locals are so proud of the place they’ve hung on to their cricket club. And it’s doing so well these days they hire it out as a fairly prestigious venue for parties and suchlike.
That’s what I was going there for, as a matter of fact.
A barn dance.
I don’t know if you realised, but I’m what they call a “caller”.
I shout out the destructions (sorry … instructions) that go with the music, so that absolute novices can actually get through a square dance, or a circle dance, with the least amount of fuss.
What I normally tell the audience is: “It’s my job to tell you what to do, and it’s your job to get it wrong.” (That way, nobody feels under any pressure to ‘perform’, and everyone can have a laugh. It’s great. You should try it!)
The ‘young lady’ whose birthday party it was turned 50 last week, but she didn’t look a day over about 35. She was dressed up like a cowgirl, and all the guests had come in costumes that suggested famous western films. The lady’s husband was even wearing a poncho like Clint Eastwood as “The man with no name”. Complete with unlit cigar.
Everyone had a fantastic time, even the teenage boys! Great fun.
Even the journey home didn’t seem so bad. The fog had lifted a bit, but in any case I still had my SatNav to guide me home.
It struck me that it’s very much like that in my online business.
When I started out, I really didn’t have a clue what to do, where to go, or how to get there.
But then I found my marketing SatNav in the form of Neil Stafford. He can guide you, too, if you like.
Everything’s laid out for you in my free report – a bit like the instructions I give the dancers at a barn dance.
I’ve never played Twister.
But I’ve seen other people playing it and getting tied up in knots on the television. (When I had one, that is.)
It looks like fun … I suppose …
About as much fun as trying different ways to pack all my gear in the back of my car when I’m setting out for a gig.
I must have tried a dozen or more ways to fit everything in without removing the third row of seats (I’ve got a Ford Galaxy). People often say I need an ‘A’ level in Jigsaw Puzzles!
(I’ve got a black belt in Origami if that helps …? )
But, no matter how I try, in the end I always end up taking those two funny-looking seats out. In the process, I usually manage to graze my knuckles or take the skin off the back of my hands, but I persevere and the little b*****s come out eventually.
Then the problem is … where to store them until they get put back?!
You know, it’s amazing the effect it can have on everything when you change just one tiny item.
(Even to the point of forgetting something vital!)
If I can’t pack my gear reliably, I can’t do a gig.
If I don’t do a gig, I don’t get paid.
It would be so much easier if someone could just give me a ready-made, well thought-out plan for achieving success in this mundane but crucial area of my life.
Unlikely, though, isn’t it?
But I’m really glad that in another area of my life, someone has actually stepped up to the mark and presented me with a complete blueprint for success.
If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve embarked on a voyage. Not on a ship, or any other method of transport, but a voyage nonetheless.
I’ve started out on a fantastic journey to become an online entrepreneur. Doing business on the Internet.
And the person who’s given me the blueprint is Neil Stafford, co-founder of the Internet Marketing Review. He’s put together a course that teaches you how to start a genuine business on the Internet. It’s called the “Copy and Profit Blueprint”.
Right now, it’s on special offer – only £47 instead of £97! That’s a huge saving of about 50%, but Neil tells me it won’t last a whole lot longer. (Probably not past the New Year, if I guess right.)
I wrote about it in a previous post. If you’re interested in finding out more, just let me know where to send you the information. If you give me your best email address (just type it into the box below the red arrows and then click the YES button) I’ll send you an email to make sure it’s really you, and when you confirm I’ll let you know more about it.
But hurry! As they say, get it now “while stocks last”!
(At least you won’t have to get yourself all of a twist with this!)
Gosh, it was cold today! Freezing, in fact.
(Why am I so surprised? After all, it is December.)
I’m really glad I didn’t have to get up early this morning. I’d had a late night working on some of my Internet projects. So I got to have a really nice lie-in, snuggled up under a thick duvet.
No rushing to get to work.
No dashing about doing the shopping.
Just lying there, half in and half out of a really lovely sleep.
Eventually, I got up just when I felt ready. Not before.
I didn’t bother with breakfast. Not even brunch! I just moved straight on to lunch.
I did have to go out in the afternoon, but that was a very quick trip to the Municipal Recycling Department (otherwise known as “the tip”). I had rather a large load of cardboard boxes to get rid of.
You see, some months ago, I decided to get rid of my TV set. I never watched it anyway, so it was just taking up a lot of space in the living room.
After that, I decided that the sofa and armchairs could go, too. Well, with no TV, what was there to sit and look at? So I sold them.
OK – that solved one problem, but created another in its wake.
I have this really bad tendency to clutter any horizontal surface with books. Or papers. Or CDs. Or DVDs. Anything, in fact.
And that’s not really a very good thing when you’re trying to get yourself organised, is it?
So last week I took the bull by the horns, and ordered some shelf units from Amazon. Black plastic, lightweight but sturdy. They were very reasonably priced, and the company delivered them very swiftly indeed.
It didn’t take more than five minutes to assemble each set (I bought two for a kick-off) and they can accommodate quite a lot of “stuff”.
I was really impressed. (Can you tell?)
So I ordered another six units, which arrived yesterday.
And you should see my living room now. No longer does it look like a junk shop, a bomb-site, or even the tip.
Now I can move around quite feely – without tripping over a bicycle or a bass guitar.
Now I can get to the stacks of DVDs that need labelling.
Now I can actually see the floor covering! Haven’t seen that in months.
So that’s me … getting organised … eventually.
That’s an essential skill when you’re in business. Especially on the Internet. If you don’t have systems in place, you can very rapidly get bewildered and overwhelmed.
I’m pleased to say that, thanks to my mentor Neil Stafford, I’m not bewildered or overwhelmed any more.
And I’d love to share the secret with you. Over on the right hand side you’ll see three massive red arrows. (Nothing to do with the aerobatic team of fliers!)
Beneath the arrows you’ll see a box where you can type in the best email address for me to send you information. If you do that, I’ll send you a copy of my free report, all about setting up a successful business online.
Read that report, and you’ll soon be as organised as me.
Or even more so.
Ever heard of Anthony (or Tony) Robbins?
He said something very similar. I think the actual quotation goes like this: “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”
In other words, find someone who’s got a blueprint for success, and copy it.
What exactly is a blueprint?
It’s a special kind of copy taken directly from an original drawing. What makes it instantly recognisable as a blueprint is its blue background, with light-coloured lines.
Some people might call it a negative print, because they expect to see dark lines on a light background.
Probably the best known use of blueprints is in architecture, where the builders need a faithful copy of some pretty large drawings.
The process was invented way back in 1861. The original drawings make direct contact with the sensitised paper, which turns blue where the sunlight hits it, but stays pale where the lines in the original drawing cover it up.
As soon as the image is ready, all the unused chemicals are washed off, the paper’s dried, and voilà – or if you prefer it, hey presto! – you’ve got a faithful copy on the same scale as the original – without the need for any fancy photographic equipment like expensive lenses and suchlike.
Blueprints have also been used in other kinds of engineering, such as shipbuilding. Here’s one:
Picture included under the terms of the Wikimedia Commons
So what’s this got to do with starting an online business? Read on!
You see, a few months ago I came across a fantastic step-by-step course by Neil Stafford. It’s called the Copy and Profit Blueprint.
And the title says it all, really.
In this course, you’ll learn all this:
- How to start with and from nothing
- How to grow a mailing list starting from scratch, zero, no subscribers
- How to generate sales without any big name guru friends
- How to create your own products without writing a single word
- How to set everything up even if you’re not a technical ‘whiz kid’
- How to advertise and market your business without a massive budget AND in most cases WITHOUT spending any money
- How to make money online even if you haven’t made a penny so far.
– and much more. Far too much for me to include here, in fact.
Would you like to know how to get this amazing course for an unbelievably low price? Just let me know the best email address to send the information to, to make sure you get it. Simply pop your email address into the form below, and hit the “Yes” button.
As soon as you send it off, please check your email inbox, because I’ll be sending you a message to ask you to confirm that it really was you who asked for the information. Not somebody else using your details to play a trick. All you have to do is to click on the link in that email and then you’ll be able to see the information about the Copy and Profit Blueprint.
Remember I said earlier that a lot of people see a blueprint as some kind of “negative”? Well, let me assure you there’s nothing negative about this blueprint. It works every time – 100% guaranteed.
By now you’re probably wondering how much it will cost you to get started in business on the Internet using this simple but effective system?
Well, normally, you get everything I’ve mentioned – and a whole lot more – for a very reasonable one-time-only fee of £97.
But if you act quickly and get it RIGHT NOW, you’ll save over 50% and pay only £47! And there’s even a 45-day 100% money back guarantee. So you can rest assured, there’s absolutely no risk whatsoever. Use the course for up to 45 days, and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with it, your money will be refunded 100%. No questions asked, and we can all part as friends.
So, what are you waiting for? Just put your best email address in the form below and hit the “Yes” button.
Here’s to your online success!
In my last post, I was telling you about my gig last Saturday. I’d forgotten something absolutely vital. What was it?
Well, a PA system’s rather like a “chain” – the microphone sends a signal to the mixer, the mixer to the amplifier, the amplifier to the speakers.
I’d only gone and left the speakers back at home. An hour away. There was no way I could go back and fetch them and get back in time for the dance.
And without this vital component, the whole system was totally useless.
So, in a kind of calm panic, I phoned round a couple of friends who are also folk musicians in that neck of the woods. Luckily for me, I have terrific friends, and Helen and Steve from Kellys Heroes actually drove over to where I was – a half hour’s drive in terrible conditions – to lend me their PA system.
They didn’t just lend it to me – they set it up for me as well. I promised to get it back to them after the gig, which I did.
And they wouldn’t take any money for letting me borrow their equipment. Not even any petrol money. They even gave me a cup of tea when I got to their house.
Isn’t it brilliant to have great friends!
And it’s even better when you’ve got a complete system that works!
I’m really lucky to have a good friend and mentor in Neil Stafford. As I’ve said before, he’s given me permission to use his systems to help other people learn how to get started in business on the Internet.
And when I say “systems”, I mean Neil’s really thorough in the way he teaches you what to do, when to do it and exactly how to go about it.
In my next post, I’ll tell you about one of the fantastic courses that Neil has available. I’ve followed it myself, so I can vouch for it 100%.
In the meantime, why not download my free report? It’ll give you a taste of what you can expect in the other things I’ll be telling you about in future.
This in-depth report details how you can start, grow and profit from your own Internet Business.
As I grow my business I’m in the unique position to work with and learn from the leading Internet Marketing authorities here in the UK.
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His business spans the globe in many different niche markets. They range from soccer and engineering, through gardening and pets, to training and coaching.
I recently met up with Neil for two days’ intensive masterminding and he agreed to let me share this special report with a few of my own subscribers. Because it details the IDEAL business model anyone new to the business can follow.
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I had a gig on Saturday.
(That’s an entertainment booking for anyone who’s not “in the know”.)
It’s a few months since I had a solo gig, so I got out my checklist for packing the car.
The trouble is, the list’s a bit out of date. You see, I’ve changed various bits and pieces of equipment over the past couple of years, and this list must date back to about 2008.
But anyway, it’s more or less accurate. And if I visualise my gear all set up in a village hall or wherever, I can trace the “flow” of the equipment in my mind’s eye.
A bit like an archeologist following a treasure map. (If you’ve got a good imagination, that is.)
I was really looking forward to the gig. I always enjoy doing a barn dance (or “ceilidh” if you want to sound as if you know what you’re talking about – that’s pronounced “KAY-lee”, by the way).
It was going to be a good evening.
One thing that wasn’t so good was the weather. As my Dad used to say, it was “persisting” it down.
So, as quickly as I could, with my rain jacket hood up over my head, I packed everything into the back of the car. Then I set off.
It was like a skating rink on the motorway. Some bright spark in the control room had programmed the electronic sign boards with really helpful warnings:
“Surface water. Slow down.”
“Skid risk. Slow down.”
“Spray. Slow down.”
I think I got the message. I slowed down.
I actually drove at a sensible speed, given the weather conditions.
And I arrived at the venue about an hour before I was due to start the performance. Plenty of time.
The organiser’s husband helped me get my gear out of the car, and then I started to set it all up.
And that’s when it hit me.
You’ll never guess what I’d forgotten …
I’ll tell you in my next post.
While you’re waiting with bated breath (yeah, right!) do you fancy a good read?
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