The Personal Development Journey Continues

December 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Play by Play 

It is ever so exciting. The Thanksgiving Holiday was a wonderful time spent with my family and so I did have some time away from everything “computer”. However, there was still time for moving forward on my path. The previous week had been spent on writing articles and this week my time turned to more training. I did some training on WordPress Blogs and have, in response to that training, revamped my blog. Although I did lose my “hearts” I believe it has a much more professional look as well as being able to take the first steps towards monetization. (If you don’t know what monetization is click here.)

One of my struggles with this journey has been the balance between doing the job that I always have done in my corporate career and the work it is taking to get my business running. How much energy and dedication do I put into my J.O.B.? With that struggle and question, this week the answer came in a combination of forms. First was a book I have known about for years but have never read. I have had it in my possession since April 2006. During the week off, I downloaded Science of Getting Rich. It was written by Wallace D. Wattles in thesecret1903; published in 1911 and it became the answer to the thoughts and questions I have been putting out there. This book was Rhonda Byrnes motivation behind The Secret. Bob Proctor built a program around this concept. There are other Law of Attraction teachers that quote and mention Wallace D. Wattles as well. Wallace mentions Emerson as one of the philosophers that he pulled his material from. The Science of Getting Rich really is Law of Attraction at its core. What I immediately got from it (and I am still working through it and studying it) dealt with the struggle of working to start this business and still working in the corporate world. The advice from this book was really what I needed to hear.  My summary is

1.   I don’t have to hurry
2.   My actions need to be those pertaining to the work I am engaged in
3.   I must do all that I can do where I am
4.   I must fill the place that I am presently holding
5.   Do not overwork
6.   Do not rush blindly into actions
7.   Be efficient in everything I do
8.   Believe in the truth – to spite appearances

Basically, I had a renewed engagement in my corporate job knowing that my business will take shape as I continue to that the steps that I need to take daily. Those steps may be with my corporate job, those steps may be my business but I will do what I can do every day and do what needs to be done every day and do each thing I do efficiently. It seems somewhat simple but it brought a huge relief.

The next thing that happened as an answer to this struggle and went hand in hand with this book was the reading of a friends blog… Mary Salfi ( Check out her blog here! ) In this blog she is talking about the same material and I took a couple key points away:

1.   Even if you are not in the ideal situation you can get there
2.   That we have things in our life exactly as they need to be

After reading this blog one early morning I did a quick turn into one of my favorite books Notes from the Universe: New Perspectives from an Old Friend by Mike Dooley

What I do, is when I am drying my hair, I will randomly find a page and read it for the day. This particular day, after reading her blog I read the following:

You see, it’s the same

With everything. It must happen in thought first. It must. Even when, especially when, by all outer appearances, your desires seem preposterous.

Anyone can think happy thoughts when they’re happy, wealthy thoughts when they are wealthy, healthy thoughts when they’re healthy.

Your life’s mission was to create the state you’re on now so that you’d have reason to awaken from your slumber. To have dreams worth pursuing and the passion to press on in spite of the conditions surrounding you. To learn you must look beyond your illusions and grasp that your dreams are indeed what’s meant to be.

This is the Holy Grail. Your search is over. Go out on a limb, give it your unending best, and never, ever, ever give up. There haven’t been any accidents, you haven’t made any mistakes, and the perfection is excruciating – you’ll see.

Carry on brave heart.

And then… I received a really nice phone call from a friend in NY who wanted to call and let me know her thoughts on my blog.

lawAll of these things, were to me, clear signs and indications that I am on the correct path, that I continue to do what I am doing each day knowing that I can’t make a mistake and that what I want is there even to spite the appearances, that there is truth in my vision and my desires.

e-Riches: A Review; Scott Fox

September 24, 2020 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Book Reviews 

Scott is an e-business advisor and Internet success coach; he also wrote Internet Riches and has a successful blog, radio show and podcast at his site scottfox.com. I did not read his first book; Internet Riches which is referred to in this book several times. It is an introduction to how one might find a way to make money online and several tips. e-Riches 2.0 goes deep into the strategies. He starts out by delivering 9 commandments

1. Don’t worry about the technology: The technology is a set of tools we should focus on our marketing.
2. Heed the Interactive Imperative: Be interactive, your website should not look like or feel like a brochure.
3. Build customer relationships; don’t just chase sales: self explanatory!
4. Listen up, the participation nation requires it: people are on line and they are talking – we need to listen – listen to what they want, listen to what they don’t want.
5. Your profit potential depends on being more personal – don’t hide your identity.
6. Grow beyond your website to a multi-channel online product presence: utilize all the different tools you have available to you.
7. Graduate from destination marketing to distributed engagement: GET OUT on the web.
8. Nurture your brands reputation cloud: Make sure you know what is being said about your company.
9. Publish or perish.

The book then goes on to detail specifics around 10 major success tips.

1. Market your product presence across ALL platforms. Engage with your customers.
2. Reprioritize your marketing tactics and use email, RSS Feeds, autoresponders, social networks, social news sites, blogs, micro blogging, start collecting email addresses.
3. Explore social networks and social bookmarking.
4. Blog if you have something to say that can make you money.
5. Learn how the internet changes Public Relations.
6. Give away as much of your product that you can afford.
7. Leveraging new online broadcast platforms; video, internet radio, podcasts; teleseminars.
8. Use search engines and affiliate programs; ppc, cost per action affiliate.
9. Establish key performance indicator metrics to measure traffic and sales performance.
10. DIFFERENTIATE!

Speaking as someone that has been studying online marketing for 6 months some of the material in this book was repetitive; however, I still learned many things from this book and do recommend reading this book For those starting a new business, or wanting to take their existing business’ marketing online I highly recommend reading this book.

Because this industry is changing quickly he recommends watching his web site for updates to all the sections and all of the recommendations in the book.

Have you read the book? What did you think?