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4 Great Parables To Inspire You

I love reading inspirational stories and parables, like any good story they have the power to ‘switch our thinking’, to expand possibilities and to zero in into the important things in life. I’ve collated my favorite parables that I’ve read on Quora and where possible the original authors have been cited. So without further ado – four great parables that have left me inspired and I hope will do the same for you. Enjoy!

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Source Unknown

 

The Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Source: Appears to be an old story from the Cherokee Nation oral tradition.

 

The Elephant and the Hummingbird

One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air.

“What are you doing?” asked the elephant.

The hummingbird replied, “I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.”

The elephant laughed cruelly. “Do you really think,” he said, “that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?”

The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose as he replied, “Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do.”

Source: Chinese Parable

 

The Businessman and The Greek Fisherman

A businessman took a short vacation to a small Greek coastal village. Unable to sleep he walked the pier. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large tuna.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” he asked.
“Only a little while” the Greek fisherman replied.
“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” he asked.
“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the Greek fisherman said as he unloaded them into a basket.
“But …. What do you do with the rest of your time?”
The fisherman looked up and smiled” I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a nap with my wife and stroll into the village, where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends”.

The businessman laughed “Sir I am an MBA and can help you. You should fish more, and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. In no time you could have several boats with the increase haul. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Then instead of selling your catch to the middleman, you could sell directly to the consumers. You could control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal village and move to the city to run your expanding empire.”
The fisherman asked “But, sir, how long will all this take?”
“15- 20 years, 25 tops” said the businessman.
“But what then?” asked the fisherman.

The businessman laughed and said “That’s the best part, when the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions”.
“Millions? Then what?” asked the fisherman.
The businessman replied, “Then you could retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a nap with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your friends.”

 

The One Armed Judo Fighter

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Source: http://www.wisdomthought.com/2012/07/boys-weakness.html

Hey, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these parables.

If so I’d appreciate you leaving a comment, sharing this post or perhaps even sharing your own.

Until Next time…

SP

Interview with John Phillip Lubaton (My Virtual Assistant in the Philippines)

In January of this year I decided to take the plunge and hire a part time virtual assistant in order to free me of a lot of repetitious admin work that I had to complete as a part of my coaching and internet marketing business. I had already had plenty of experience with outsourcing sites such as eLance and Fiverr but I really wanted to have someone who I could work with on a day to day basis over the long term.

Long story cut short I found John (or we kinda found each other), and through hiring John for almost 20 hours a week I have been able to increase my earning by more than 70%, and he has literally paid for himself 10 fold in my business. John works in the Philipines which is in the same timezone as me, and even though he works online he’s more akin to a modern day cowboy. We work very well together because we’re both pretty chilled guys and we approach everything that we do with a lot of heart.

I’m going to create a post about the process of hiring a virtual assistant very soon but I really wanted to spotlight this very special guy and to give you some insights into the mind, habits and thinking of a great virtual assistant.

John, thanks for everything that you do for me and my business!

Interview with John Phillip Lubaton (My Virtual Assistant in the Philippines)

John Philip1. Tell us a little bit about yourself i.e Where you live, age, family and interests

My name is John Philip Lubaton from Cagayan de Oro City Philippines, 36 and the eldest among 4 siblings. I am currently an officer of the Cagayan de Oro Horsemen Inc. I guess you can say I’m a local version of a cowboy. I love being outdoors, horseback riding, camping, trekking and others. I also like music, playing the guitar, drums and sometimes sing. I like different genres from Beethoven’s “Moonlight sonata” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and everything in between.

2. How long have you been a VA and what skills have you learnt in that time

I have been a VA since October 2013, however, I was part of the Business Process Outsourcing industry since 2009 as a Sourcing and Training Specialist and as a Customer Service Representative. The Skills I have learned from training were several, but the most important thing I learned is the right attitude in dealing with clients. Technical skills can be taught in short period of time but the right attitude in certain situations are acquired thru experience.

3. How did you get into becoming a VA

I have several friends who are VA’s and they are earning as much as I was earning as part of the BPO industry, and they are at home, no additional expenses and they work 4-6 hours a day. So I asked my friends how to become a VA, what are the skills needed to be a successful VA and What does it take to become a VA. That was when they told me about ELANCE and ODESK and as they say, the rest is history.

4. What do you like about being a VA in general

There are several perks of being a VA: work at home, work few hours, no additional expenses, earn in USD etc… but what I honestly like being a VA is the connection between the employer and the employee. A lot of people can be VA’s like me, but it is the teamwork between both parties that can make it work. I don’t drag myself up to log in, I actually look forward to work. I think it is because I have built a good professional relationship with my employer.

5. What do you wish you could improve about being a VA?

As a VA, there are lots of skill I really wish I can improve on. One that I really would like to learn more about and how to do it is programming/web design. Ever since I was young I have always wanted to design or make web pages. I took classes, tutorials you name it I tried it. It may probably be just a wish for me, I just don’t know why, I tried everything I can, still can’t progress being one.

6. How long have you been working with Samith, what are your general duties, and how have you found working with him?

I have worked with Samith since January 2nd and generally my task is to provide exceptional and professional customer service. Every working day, I make sure that I manage his email, calendar, appointments, CRM, and outbound calling his clients.
I like working with Samith because of his attitude towards his VA. He is very approachable, warm and accommodating, and he gives out precise instructions. It is great working with Sam, and I treat my job as a business partnership.

7. What advice would you give to people who are considering hiring a VA?

Right Attitude. A VA can have all the skills in the world, but without a right attitude, it will not work. With right attitude, a VA can develop trust and a working professional relationship and move together progressively.

8. What advice would you give to people considering becoming a VA?

Being a VA needs particular skill set to different employers. Before even considering being a VA, make sure that you have a particular skill set that you are sure that you are good at, and continue to strive to be better at what your already good at, and be truthful with your application and your interview.

9. Would you recommend Samith as a internet coach for others to work with and why?

YES! Samith is a great person to work with. He has a particular way of talking to you, and the manner he treats me as his VA is way more than I expected from an employer.

10. Any Final comments?

I honestly love my job and working with Samith. I look forward to have a long professional relationship with him, and continue to learn more from him. I also would like to thank Samith for this opportunity and I really hope that I am doing a good job or even just at par of what he expects me to do.

 

Gotta love this guy right?? I got all teary reading this the first time.

You can learn more about John, or even hire him yourself at his work website: https://www.elance.com/s/edit/jplubaton/

Anyways,

In the comments below I want to hear from you. Tell me…

1. What is one insight you had from reading this blogpost interview?

2. What are your experiences in hiring VA’s?

How To Get Killer Video Testimonials in 5 Easy Steps

thumbsupDo you struggle to get testimonials for your business despite having awesome products or amazing services? Or are you gun shy about how to ask and what to say even though you’re sure your clients would be only too happy to give you one?

Well I used to feel the same way until I attended Expert Accelerator by Benjamin Harvey of Authentic Education and I was taught a simple step by step system for getting great testimonials that will help you attract a lot more business!

So today I’m going to share with you how to get killer video testimonials in 5 easy steps which you can totally steal and use in your own marketing.

Most of us should have written testimonials if we’ve been in business for  awhile but it’s important to get video testimonials these days. Because  65% of your audience are visual learners. And statistics have shown that client video testimonials are 89% more effective then any other content marketing. [Source] In short video testimonials rock so go get them!

In this post you learn the exact steps I take, the questions I ask and all the necessary equipment required to get those glowing gems from your clients mouth and onto your website. Truth be told, once you have a system and you’ve practiced it a couple of times getting killer testimonials can become an easy and seamless part of any marketing process.

Everything is in the video below or you watch on youtube How To Get Killer Video Testimonials in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1. Give amazing value

It goes without saying that your business whether its a service or it’s product based, online or offline, it’s gotta be nothing short of awesome. I mean you’ve gotta hit the ball out of the park every single time. And how will you know you’ve given amazing value. Well very soon after you’ve completed your service or your session you should hear them say exactly that. Eg. “Sam, wow, thank you so much for helping me get clear on this and that and showing me how to get that gizmo to make my widget business make so much money!’ You get the drift.

Step 2. Ask for a Testimonial (2 Step process)

All you have to do is ask these two wonderfully simple and powerful questions . Obviously you can modify these questions to suit your style.

Question 1: So did you get a lot of value out of this session?

*Client gushes again*

Question 2: So would you be open to helping me help other people get similar results like you’ve just experienced?

Client says Of course!

Step 3: Train Your Client On How To Give Awesome Testimonials

When your client says of course you now need to set up the conditions for a good testimonial.

What I usually go onto say is something to the effect of “Well what I’d like to do is simply capture what you’ve just said on video. I would be honored to have a recorded testimonial from you.”

Now of course, there may be a moment where they realize they have now offered to get onto camera for you but if you’re sincere and they’re sincere about helping you, you can laugh it off and get onto the job of training your client on how to give a good testimonial.

So yes, you must TRAIN your clients on how to give great testimonials because no one was born knowing how to give a good testimonial however it goes without saying you should NEVER tell them what to say.

So heres what your client needs to include in their testimonial:

  • name
  • where they’re from
  • company or occupation (a chance to plug themselves)
  • the circumstance before they worked with you
  • what happened during the time you worked together
  • what happened after you worked together
  • give a recommendation to others

They might need some scaffolding and memory jogging but I recommend that they practice once or twice first.

4. Get the Gear out and Record!

So what type of fancy studio equipment do I use to get great testimonials? Two words: Smart phone. If you’ve got an iPhone or a Samsung etc you’re set for a great testimonial. The sound and video is more than enough.

Don’t let anyone tell you you need a sophisticated studio set up, because the truth is people would prefer real over what is clearly staged and made up.

Note: If she’s a lady give her some time to powder her nose if she needs it…

Finally you’ll need to get your client to stand or sit somewhere they are comfortable, ideally the back ground should be quite plain, the light should ideally be clear and bright but not in their face. Stay away from street noise or other ambient places. Because even if the video quality is crap what will kill your testimonial is poor sound. Luckily your smartphone usually has great sound.

Direct them to where they should be looking and let them imagine that they are talking to a good friend and to simply talk from the heart.

Then Shoot. Record. And show the testimonial back to them and commend them on giving a great testimonial.

And if it didn’t come out great. Tell them why and simply record again until it is! They aren’t going anywhere!

Step 5: Shoot, Edit & Share

You’ll need to upload your testimonial to your computer. And once you’ve found the file you may use a film editing software to edit it. When it’s ready upload the file to Youtube. And then when the video’s uploaded and you’ve given it a title and description you can embed your video on your website in all the places it’s suitable to do so.

Obviously it’s important that you put your clients testimonial in a place thats congruent with its message. So don’t put a testimonial for dog grooming in a product about losing weight.(Unless that’s a new world exercise regime)

  • Finally as a courtesy Email your client for their approval. Share your finalized testimonial and where it can be found.
  • Request approval to use their name, city, job title, website, and any other pertinent details.
  • Ask for their photo.

By establishing a consistent and professional approach to requesting and getting testimonials, you’ll get exactly what you need from those clients who already love what you have already offered.

In the comments below I want to hear from you. Tell me…

1. What is one insight you had from watching this video or the blogpost?

2. Do you have any tips or tricks for getting great testimonials from your clients and customers?

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Red Hot Bananas – A Shining Example of Businesses Connecting

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Red Hot Bananas’?

Ok, lets try to keep it PG rated ok?

Well what ever preconceptions, misconceptions or faint ideas you may have, the reality simply blew me out of the water whenI attended the second annual Red Hot Bananas – Shine Event at the Four Points Sheraton on Friday 28th February.

Red Hot Bananas is the brain child of Iwona Polowy. I had the good fortune of connecting with Iwona (founder of Minds United) only a week or two earlier at a business networking event in Subico, which was very well attended and run by Richard Giannini of Gen y entrepreneurs with vision. Touted as:

“a day of great workshops, expert presenters and networking with up to 200 people; executives, business owners and other professionals; to share experiences, learn from each other, and discover new opportunities.”

I walked away with such a profound gratitude of the complexity, diversity and passion of entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit bodies in Perth.

Sometimes its all too easy to get so focussed about your own business, or your own industry that you may never get the chance to get out of the office and really appreciate the wider bigger picture. It helped me connect with a wider business community, not only for future business referrals but also long lasting friendships.

The Venue

Red Hot Bananas was held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel (previously the Four Seasons) opposite the new Entertainment centre. Getting there was a pain free ride into the city and a 5 minute walk through the bustling morning city – it gave me a moment to admire the emergence of the street art scene which is really contributing to the vibrancy of the city. Along the way it allowed me an opportunity to listen to my favorite audios at the moment Philiosophers Notes by I can’t recommend this program enough

The venue was immaculate, there was an abundance of tea and coffee available and Iwona was waiting at the door looking splendid in a coral orange dress.

When I went into the main ballroom what immediately hit me was the organsation of the room. Rows of chairs were placed in an oval semi circle. I could tell it wasn’t going to be your average seminar event…

Halfway through the day Lunch was served and I had two delicious vegetarian rolls that had grilled vegetables. Given my latest vegetarian challenge, this was a godsend. I had already been to a few events where the vegetarian choice was limited to fruit or biscuits so to have a delicious meal that was on par and just as abundant as the equally delicious meat choices was a bonus of for the Sheraton

Finally, when the event finished there was an opportunity to network an socialize at the bar. I wasn’t able to stay long but the relaxed atmosphere and the emergence of the after work crowd made the bar area a tempting place to finish off a working week.

The Truth About Networking

RonThe calibre and generosity of the speakers was extremely high. Funny, engaging and informative. There was also real moments where I was made to feel totally out of my comfort zone but it was equally as refreshing to be treated like an adult and business professional (see more about that below).

Firstly, if all I did was listen to the first speaker Ron Gibson of Go Networking for an hour it was worth the trip into the city. Truly a no BS kinda guy who truly knows his subject of how to do networking the right way

Here’s my Notes:

There’s a difference between Socialising vs Selling vs Networking. And 90% of people have no idea what the difference is and because they do it wrong they then claim that networking doesn’t work.

Networking done wrong is nothing more than face to face cold calling (spamming). I’m sure we’ve all been to business events where someone has shoved a business card into our hands almost pleading with us to call them.

#1 Aim of real networking is to build long term mutually beneficial relationships

Call to action was to go out and help 5 people that day with no strings attached - help others become successful and you will get the most prized possession in business = word of mouth referrals

What you say about yourself is bullshit. What others say about you is gold.

Networking building relationships and Rod told the story about the Dutch Admiral principal. the true story of the youngest admirals in naval history. when they were young naval men they made a pact. They would both go into the world and promise to only say good, amazing things about each other and nothing about themselves.

They kept that pact and became the youngest dutch admiral sat 31 and only revealed that strategy when they became Admirals.

If you want something – GIVE first.

Real networking is very much a dating game. If you don’t meet again its just socializing.
Rod tells the story about meeting his wife and how over a series of dates they grew to knew each other and after each date they asked each other, hey this was fun. do you want to do this again?

It takes TIME for people to trust you

Business is better than marriage because in business you can have more partners.
There are 150 opening lines or ‘ice breakers’ you can use when meeting someone. However what you really want to get to is to asking them

‘Whats your reason of being here today? Then your job is to help them.

Success for others = success for you

Networking is more about intent, mindset is more important than skill set

Don’t give out your business card, or say anything about your business until first asked.
Work FOR the room rather than working the room

Everyday without fail network (I must admit this is something I don’t do everyday or even every week!)

Once a week do something nice for people, no strings attached

Regularly Meet NEW people at events

3 Action Takeaways:

1. Meet new people
2. Do nice things
3. Connect

Help 5 people today

Our next Speaker was Alan Halford

To say Alan was different was an understatement. His philosophies were written out at the start of the conference. And while at first they didn’t make sense until you put them in practice.

Overall it was about helping people regulate themselves, empowering them to KNOW what is best for themselves.

Alan created a system (which at first seemed very chaotic) for meetings to take place, that really serves those who attended them and really respected those who came.

Some central tenants were:

All meetings will start on time and whenever it starts that is the right time
You will know when a meeting is over, when its over
What happens is what was supposed to happen
Whoever comes are the right people
Use the Law of Mobility (The Law of Two Feet). Move away if it doesn’t serve you.
Be prepared to be surprised

So 200 people created their own agendas, formed meetings and talked about things that were important to them.

I went into two meetings:
What is your passion and the other was the challenges of small business. And I used the law of mobility to walk away from two meetings. How refreshing!

Noteworthy Workshop Speakers

Zeeshan pashanSomeone I’m deffinately looking to work with in the future is the calmly spoken but seriously passionate CEO of Nifnex – Zeeshan Pasha. He explained that the The emergence and creation of Nifnex simply came about because that was what the small business community was calling out for.

In one of our impromptu meetings the discussion of entrepreneurs wearing so many hats came out. I referenced the book E-myth as a defining book into the transformation of a ‘passioante technician’ into a true entrepreneur and visionary. In that discussion accounting solutions came up and i learnt about payment Hub, Xero, Shoebox, business master and cash-flow manager. All of them Australian companies. But the solution that had the most ardent raving fans was Xero (you couldn’t buy the free publicity). I was immediately intrigued about instant pofit/ loss statements on the fly via my smart phone and taking pics of my receipt with my phone and having it automatically scanned and updated. very cool

In Zasheen’s workshop I learnt that personal branding is what people say about you when you are NOT around. That’s your personal brand!

Clare Vanderplank talked about the Slow Movement – acting with deliberate intention, designing a sustainable life that leads to a sustainable future rather than moving fast, being reactive.

Anton and Alicia Mankveld of Designer Life Technologies who took some good leaflets out of Tim Ferris’ shook The Four Hour Workweek. And asked us what can we

Eliminate? Automate or Delegate? In that order.
Anton’s someone I plan on working with this year, with his expertise in software and knowledge as a certified infusionsoft partner. And besides he loves cave diving and he’s pretty cool.

Conclusion

Iwona and Samith pichOne big difference about this conference was that is was soley made possible through the efforts of volunteers and the whole event was non profit.

I could easily rave on for another couple of pages about this event but admittedly there was one downside to the conference. It’s an annual event so I have to wait a year before the next one!

In the mean time, there was lots to chew on for any discerning entrepreneur or business person including the following takeaways:

1. Networking is about cultivating long term relationships based on giving, trust and friendship.
2. Do what you love with passion, think bigger, and make it your aim to help people
3. Leaders are great communicators, and if you have a worthy mission you will attract worthy people.

Noteworthy Resource Links:

Iwona Polowy – Australia | LinkedIn
Richard Giannini – Australia | LinkedIn - Infinity Growth Blog
Entrepreneurs with VISION (Perth) – Meet-up
Four Points Sheraton Perth
Ron Gibson of Go Networking
Zeeshan Pasha – Australia | LinkedIn
Nifnex
Clare Vanderplank – the Slow MovementWeapons of Mass Creation Blog
Anton and Alicia Mankveld of Designer Life Technologies

Toastmasters International Speech Competition Entry – “Finding My Father”

On Monday 3 February I entered into the Toastmasters International Speech Competition at my local club Sandgropers Toastmasters in Duncraig. It was the first time I had entered the international speech competition, after being disqualified for going over time in my last Toastmasters Humourous competition around 6 months ago. I was hell sure that wasn’t going to happen again!

Most (winning) international speeches are usually a great combination of great oratory and floor craft skills, an uplifting inspiration message mixed with excellent story telling. And two weeks before the competition I felt I had a speech that could meet the criteria. Essentially a rework of a speech I had done earlier.

However a week before the competition, I really felt that that speech was not the one I really wanted to give on the day. Since the beginning of my Toastmasters journey I had the beginning of an idea for my Project 10 speech – the Inspirational. It was going to be about finding my father, or the journey to find the father in me.

Coming into the speech I was particularly nervous about how the speech would be received, as it was an (uncustomary) more sombre speech, and quite personal. I felt it was a good speech – but would it be a winning speech on the night?

pich family

Meet my family, the reason I do what I do…

Finding My Father

I’m a proud dad. I love everything about the role. From helping my daughters with their home work, to giving them advice to just spending time with them. I know how important the role of a positive father is.

Yet it I wasn’t until I was 31 years old when I finally met my own father. In January of 2011 my wife Iris, my mother and I travelled 5191 km to the heart of Cambodia, to the town of my birth to meet with the man who last saw me as child in the chaotic last days of a terrible civil war. And after 15 long years of dreaming of this day I finally met him… but he was dead.

Toastmasters, contest chair and honored guests.

How does a man find a father he’s already lost?

When I was 15 the dad who I grew up with, the man who I thought was my father, walked out on the family. I remember it was the first really chilly day of Autumn and the trees were become bare of leaves, the lawn was a carpet of brown and orange. In front of me I saw the silhoette of my dad through the fly screen door with two luggage bags by his side. He was giving my sister a good bye hug and kiss. Behind me I could hear my mother sobbing from a back room and she told me to go and help my father with his bags.

I remember the crunch of the autumn leaves beneath his foot steps as he walked out the gate.

Not not long after my mother revealed to me a shocking secret from the past.

The truth was: my dad was not my father, he was somone who promised my mother a better life. My biological father was still in Cambodia and with him was my brother a brother I never knew. During that civil war my mother had to make a heart breaking decision about which of her sons she could bring to Australia. Separated by fate and an ocean between us we were truely a tale of two cities.

Along the way I got married at the age of 19 and I found myself becoming a dad at 20. They say that you can never know the love of a parent until you become one.

Well I found this true with the births of my three daughters. I have never known a love like the love I have for my daughters. There’s Lili who’s 14 going on 20, Eve, who has a huge heart at 10 and the ridiculously adorable, Nalina who’s almost 2 years old. For me, becoming a dad was falling like in love at first sight, it just took 9 months to get acquainted, and from those days on wards I knew what I wanted to be, I wanted to be a great dad. However I really grappled with what it meant to become one. In many ways the things that I rejected in my own father came out anyway. And along the way, a lot of good too.

However between the responsibiltites of family and work and balancing budgets, the dream of finally meeting my father was like the shore of cambodia – always off in the distance.

When I was nearing 30 I decided it was time to make finding my father a reality. My brother and I were in communication, well as best as we could since he couldn’t speak a word of english and unfortunately my Khmer was pretty much useless after Hello, how are you. And I could count to 10 but thats only useful if you are 5 years old.

But, three weeks before we were to leave for Cambodia I get a phone call from my mum.

‘I’m sorry my son, your father died this morning’

For a few moments, I thought she was talking about the dad that left us.

When I found out it was my father in Cambodia I didn’t know whether to be relieved or not.

I would finally meet my father… at his funeral.

His funeral was a simple affair. Khmer music blared through the community as family and extended alike came to pay their respects. I remember kids running around bare foot in the dirt, their mouths stuffed with food from the food prep areas to keep them quiet. I saw the dusty robe of monks, chanting hypnotically and the over powering smell of incense and spices in the air.

Through an interpreter I found out that my father’s last words to me were

I’m sorry. I can not wait any longer.

My quest to find my father was always a quest to find myself. To finally accept and love the man in the mirror, to be thankful for the influence of the man who raised me and to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t meant to meet my biological father, and thats ok.

Because the truth is, the pages of this story are still being written, the threads of my history are still being braided into the fabric of my children. And that the day a man can live his own life, when he can move out of the shadow of his parents and into the light of his own, when he can stand in front of the world and say that nothing matters until you love, and that love is all that matters. Then you can truly say, you have found your father.

Results

Personally I knew I had given a really good speech, it felt good to deliver it and there were no hiccups in it’s delivery. But that night there were 5 excellent and impressive speeches. During the break everyone congratulated me and told me they loved the speech, commenting that the calibre of speeches were extremely high.

In the end though my speech wasn’t good enough to win the competition, and I placed third.

In another twist, I delivered a rip roaring evaluation (since it was also the Local Toastmasters Evaulation Contest) on the same night and I had put my name down for both competitions.

During Bromyn Bishop’s excellent speech ‘Joy – The Elusive Pumpernickel’ I furiously used the back of my Speech program to write half a page of notes. We then were able to go into a waiting room and spend 5 minutes further to work on our speech.

Walking into the speech I had the only barest essentials of the speech. 1 main point each of the Commend – Recommend-Commend standard evaluation speech.

I knew it wasn’t going to come down to what I said. The only thing I really had to focus on was the line ‘You can’t spell Journey without J.O.Y!!’ Yeah, deep right?? LOL.

I knew it would come down to delivery, so I really ramped up my happy, bouncy and cheerful self, I got in some laughs and it seems to do the trick.

I placed First place in the Toastmasters Evaluation Contest and that means I will be up to represent the club in the area level.

On a final note, in regards to the speech contest I came to a realization.

All the speeches in the Toastmasters Manuals should be speeches you want to deliver, and straight from the heart even if it’s an overwhelmingly humorous one.

However, when it comes to a competition, where showmanship and floor work and speech craft come into play. I think you really need to play into a central tenant of speaking:

Know Your Audience. And give the speech they want to hear.

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I’m Not A Big Fan Of This But…

Hey,

I’m not a big fan of this but…

In this industry you get a lot of numbers being thrown around,

a lot of people waving cheques and a lot of claims being made.

$1, 896, 7687.35 in three days!

$36,282.11 every day for life!!

Well, hopefully you know me by now as not one of those people. All this business of showing lots of bling bling, stepping out of limos and Leer jets smacks to me of desperation.

Look at me! Look at me!

I’m actually quite the opposite.

I’d prefer to be under the radar, living my life, giving to causes I’m passionate in and nobody knowing any the wiser.

Now the reason I don’t like big money claims is because you can get a lot of trouble making them!

You see, I have no idea whether you’ll make any money doing what I’m doing. You might make some money, you might make a lot more than me.

I don’t know.

But what I do know is that there’s a guy in the Philippines who is kicking my butt online atm using this system. he makes on average $60k a month – which means he’s a millionaire!

Well for many people anywhere he’d still be one.

I just want to show you something I don’t normally show people but this Valentines day I’m going to spoil my wife. why?

Because of this system.

Because it allowed me to make over $10k in less than 14 days.

Perhaps it can do the same for you.

Who knows.

But what I do know is, if you decide this is for you, well then I have your back.

I’ll be in your corner cheering you on and shouting at how to jab and when.

It’s up to you.

 

 

Samith “Mr Boombastic” Pich

P.S O btw this is what I hate to do but here’s a screen shot of my account so far from the 1st Feb – 13th Feb 2014.

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How To Cure Procrastination – The Seinfeld Way

Want to cure procrastination, once and for all?

Seinfield

“These pretzels… are making me thirsty!”

Odd as it sounds, Seinfeld has an incredible
technique that can help you absolutely CRUSH
IT in your business this year…

Check this out:

The famous comedian earned $267 million dollars back in 1998.

And he’s been pulling in a cool $85 million per year pretty much ever since.

That’s a lot of moolah!

How did he do it?

When asked that question by another budding comedian, Seinfeld revealed the secret.

The secret you and I can take straight to the bank:

The power was in his remarkable ability to be consistent.

He told the guy that the only way to get better was to write better jokes. And the only way to write better jokes was to write every day.

Here’s the specific instructions he gave, and that I in turn, give to you today.

‘Take a large wall calendar that has the entire year on one page and hang it in a prominent spot.

Next, get a big red magic marker.

Everyday you do your task of writing (insert your task here), you get to put a big red X over that day.

After you have a few days under your belt you’ll have a chain.

Just keep at it and the chain will grow larger every day.

You will like seeing that chain, especially after a few weeks.’

*YOU’RE ONLY JOB IS TO NOT BREAK THE CHAIN!*

Now that last sentence reveals a huge truth. He’s not focusing on the daily RESULTS.

The focus is on not breaking the chain. It’s on being consistent.

It’s a secret of all the top earners and performers of the world.

They’re consistent at their craft day in and out, in good times and bad.

They don’t let daily urgency’s, problems, shiny objects or anything else cause them to procrastinate on doing what’s most important to getting them results.

It’s all about the Process. Doing it consistently.

Day in and day out.

So how can YOU apply this?

For one, get you a big ole’ wall calendar!

Next, pick a task that you can do every day.

It shouldn’t be too hard where you can’t get it done, but at the same time it needs to be something that will take you closer to hitting your big goals.

And then finally, focus on the process NOT the performance.

Just keep building that chain up everyday. THAT’S what will count and bring results beyond your wildest imagination.

One of the easiest and best things you can be doing everyday is driving traffic into your business and sales funnels. Marketing.

Can you:

…Write an email a day?

…Buy one paid ad a day?

…Shoot a video and upload to YouTube every day?

…Can you spend 15-30 minutes creating something of value for your list and new members each day?

These are just a few things that could work.

Pick one that will make an impact on your business and start building up your own chain of success.

I’m anxious to hear the great results I know this will bring you!

Of course, non of the above will work too well if you don’t have everything set-up and in place already.

Like a back-end conversion system.

This system is what I use

You either have to set this all up yourself first (can take years and tens of thousands) or leverage a system that has everything in place for you already.

I choose Leverage. It’s waaaaay easier and extremely lucrative starting from Day 1.

Go through the 21 Steps here and you’ll be ahead of the curve and can simply focus on the chain strategy we just discussed above.

Watch this video for the irresistible guarantee offer and the FREE gift inside:

Claim Your Free Gift here

Here’s a hilarious video on NOT breaking the chain

 

9 Point Malware Security Checklist

Have you ever gone driving, and you’ve been in a rush, and you haven’t stopped to check what that little blinking light is all about?

Or even worse, you SEE the blinking light but you choose to ignore it, until suddenly your care comes…to..a

spluttering halt?

Well that’s been the case with me and my web hosting!

Turns out, it’s against the terms and conditions of my Just Host account (love you guys!) to have any malware on my hosting account.

I kept getting all these funny messages:

 

Malware pic

 

(You might notice they’ve been put straight into the bin – well they were clogging up my inbox!)

What is Malware?

According to wikipedia, Malware is malicious software, such as a virus, which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system.

Oh crap.

So what happened two days ago, is that my website was shut down and I was forced to start cleaning and deleting suspect files with wild abandon.

So after 30 mins of cleaning up my files via cpanel I then have a chat to a nice tech guy called Gary (who’s real name I suspect is not Gary) on Just Host’s live chat. And I’m like a really proud kid I exclaim

I’m done! Can I you check and open up my website now?

And he’s like:

Have you checked your malicious file text on your server?

Wtf?

 

Do you remember the moment in the movie when the good guys have fought this real full on battle, they’re victorious and they have a second to smile to each other wearily on a job well done.

Then suddenly a darkness fills over the horizon and they realize this is just the beginning wave.

A shit storm is coming.

From Total War: Shogun 2

From Total War: Shogun 2

Well that’s how I felt when I started to read the malicious file txt.

This is what I saw – 10 pages of this!!

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So what did I do??

Well I forked over $50 and that was the best $50 I’ve ever spent!

 

Lessons Learnt

  • Don’t ignore the little things, they cost you in the long run
  • Webhosters don’t like Malware, check your T&C’s

Here is a security checklist that you can review which can greatly help secure your account sites:

1. Change the Admin Email on your account.
2. Change the Password on your account.
3. Change the Credit Card on file on your account.
4. Update and apply any patches, upgrades, or updates that the 3rd party vendor or web developer of your scripts may have available.
5. Fix any loose file permissions (this may be the most common exploit vulnerability)
6. Delete all non-system Ftp Accounts that were created, or at the very least, change the passwords to the FTP Accounts.
7. Remove any Access Hosts by clicking the “Remote Mysql” icon and clicking the Remove Red X by each entry if there are any entries.
8. Check your scripts for any Header Injection attacks, Sql Injection attacks, Cross-Site Scripting attacks, etc., as well as your php.ini file settings.
9. Check your home/work computers for any viruses, trojans, or keyloggers.

If your scripts are infected, you may want to rollback to the last good snapshot backup of your account. If your backups are also infected, then you may want to consider having us reset your account to start afresh.

To prevent this from happening I would recommend to use a company that specilizes in monitoring your site for malware. Here are a few recommendations:

We Watch Your Website is http://wewatchyourwebsite.com  (non-affilaite link) they will scan your account daily as well as clean up an issues and  also upgrade any software out of date for around $40.00 a year for a  single domain and 19.95 for each additional domain.

Sitelock- is another service you can use.

I hope this information is useful. Have a great day!

Toastmasters Speech 8 – Identity Based Habits

On Thursday 9th Janurary I completed Speech #8 of my Toastmasters Competent Communicators handbook. Speech 8 is all about using visual aids. A lot of the concepts and ideas I got for this speech is from James Clear and his insightful essays into personal development, fitness and goal setting.

Directly from the Toastmasters website:

Visual aids help an audience understand and remember what they hear; they are a valuable tool for speakers. The most popular visual aids are computer-based visuals, overhead transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards and props.

The type of visual aid you choose depends on several factors, including the information you wish to display and the size of the audience. Visuals must be appropriate for your message and the audience, and be displayed correctly with ease and confidence.

Objectives:

Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.
Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Toastmasters Speech #8 – Identity Based Habits

Its around New Years Eve that alot of people resolve to lose weight; quit smoking; get more exercise; and reduce their alcohol consumption, and connect with family and friend more. Yet as we know a few weeks into New Years most people’s resolutions have gone down the gurgled. So why are some goals so hard to achieve? Why are some habits so hard to break?

The problem with many of our new years resolutions is that as a society we’re addicted to over night success and instant transformations, and for good reason who wouldn’t want to be successful in less time. What we don’t get to see or hear is about the process that came before it or the habit that led to the eventual result. Furthermore t’s not a case of starting awesome new habits because in our way a hundreds of well ingrained one – some of them not very useful. Habits like eating junk food, watching tv instead of working out, waking up late and never calling our mothers.

Samuel Johnson famously said “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

When we get inspired to change our lives it very easy to obsess over the results – I need to lose 15 kgs, I want to run a marathon, I want to become a master meditor. These are great goals and it’s natural to think we need the over night results. But that’s not what we need. What we need are better habits.

But first a story.

When I was younger I would spend my time doodling and drawing cartoons at . My mother thought I was strange, and so did my friends. When I went to highschool I didn’t know anyone and it was a very big school and in one of my first classes when my name was being called I was so deep in a doodle (wait that doesn’t sound right) I was immersed in drawing I didn’t hear my name being called. Well after a couple of times – someone nudged me and took my drawing, and said Wow that’s really good, that looks real! My teacher who could have been annoyed asked to see it and afer seeing it said’ You’re really good you should be an artist!’

I remember that moment was a really affirming moment for me and from that moment on I saw myself as the type of person who’s really good at Art.
So I spent more time working on my Art skills which lead to more approval which lead to more hours upon hours of working on my skills – it was an vicious circle of awesomeness.

So what you can learn from that story is that in order to believe in a new identity we need to proove it to ourselves.

So the key to building long lasting habit is to focus on creating a new identity first and to make a firm unwavering decision to commit to. Because all of our current behaviours are simply a reflection of our current identity and our current values. What we value we work on, we are organised in, we make happen. What is low on our values we procrastinate, we mess up we push away.

Firstly let’s talk about the three layers of behaviourial change

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So the not to secret Recipe for Sustained Success is really just three words:

BE.

Do.

HAVE.

So often we fixate on what we want – I want the fancy car, I want a great body I want that promotion and when we only fixate on that goal we get credit card debt, we buy gizmos on Danos Direct we never use and we become terrible to work with.

A more sustainable approach changing your life style and starts with two simple actions

1. Decide the type of person you want to be
2. Prove it to yourself with small wins

For example you want to be a better writer

Your identity would be “I want to become the type of person who writes 1000 words every day”
Your small win or habit would be to start writing just a paragraph each day

Another example is being a better friend

Your identity is “I am someone who always stays in touch”

Small win would be to call a friend every Sat. If you repeat the same people every 3 month you would have 12 close friends by the end of the year.

We all want to be better people – more creative, more skilled, healthier, better friends and family members. And I actually believe its possible to have those things. However hopefully you can see its not just a case of getting inspired or motivated. Its not even a case of writing down SMART goals – though that helps. Rather it comes down to making a decision about who you want to be, and then incorporating daily habits that will prove to yourself that you are that type of person. And I think looking at your goals and creating identity based habits will help you become that person one – small step – at a time..

2013 Year In Review

Note: Thanks to James Clear for inspiring me to write this Annual Review.

Once again Happy New Years everyone! We’re now truly into the first week of the new years  and because I didn’t do this sooner it’s as good as time as any to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward into the next. So this year I am writing my first Annual Review which will highlight (for prosperity’s sake) my successes, my failures and my new commitments.

Basically, an Annual Review forces you to look at your actions over the past 12 months and ask yourself:

 “Where have I been and where has that taken me? What choices will I need to make in order to live the life I want?”

An annual review is a personal process. It’s not about comparing yourself to anyone else’s efforts, successes or failures. Rather, it’s about your life, your actions, and what you want to do for yourself. In other words, keep your eyes on your side of the desk!

As James Clear notes: There are 3 main questions to answer in your Annual Review:

1. What went well this year?
2. What didn’t go so well this year?
3. What am I working toward?

Alright, let’s get this party started…

 

The Year that Was..

2013 started with me actually having no job to go to. I had spent the entire school break spending time with the family and (to be honest) kinda hoping that the universe would somehow land me a dream teaching job. It didn’t.

So I found a sales job, cold calling aka door knocking. I quickly climbed up the ranks and realized even quicker that this was not a future career pathway I wanted to pursue. I didn’t start relief teaching until March and only sporadically.

In that time I attended an amazing Isagenix Celebrations on the Goldcoast and I had a blast. This further cemented for me the entrepreneurial dream.

Along the way I became the principal artist at Cabernet & Canvas (who is under wonderful new management). We held workshops showing complete beginners how to paint a masterpiece i.e a Monet or a Van Gogh etc within 3 hours, with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in another. 10 months later I would quit my workshop position and Art in general and more on that decision later.

I started a Meetup called Internet Marketing Perth Meetup and essentially have taken over another. And I worked on giving presentations about what was working for me in terms of online marketing. I also started an offline SEO business and quickly learnt it wasn’t quite for me (while still very profitable).

I completed 4 Toastmasters Speeches, and entered two competitions (getting disqualified in one for going 4 seconds over time and snuck into another).

2013 was a watershed year for me as I finally got to do what I’ve always wanted to do and that is work from home as an internet marketer! It actually wasn’t that hard  to take the plunge and work from home full time (even though I wasn’t earning a full time living in June of 2013.) However, ominous clouds on the horizon and some bizarre political changes in the education landscape meant that I could see the future for myself as a relief teacher or even as a contract Arts teacher were fast diminishing.

So I jumped shipped and I haven’t looked back since.

Sometimes you just have to jump before you’re ready and make your plane on the way down!

2013 became the year I earnt my first $2k online, and then my first $10k online. This month I’m looking at $15k alone. And undoubtedly this is through this wonderful system called My Top Tier Business.

Through my success with the system I got the attention of the founder of MOBE, Matt Lloyd and when Matt called for submissions for Phone Coaches for his MTTB system I not only put my hand up I started waving and hollering. Almost two month later and a very rigorous trial period I have another income stream to my mantle.

So said NO to quite a few things in 2013. Teaching in the education system, painting, tutoring and a profitable offline business.

And I said yes to following my dreams.

And that has made all the difference.

 

1. What went well this year?

During 2013 I read a book that would change my outlook on life, its a simple book, not very long but highly practical. the Book is One Word.

Essentially the essence of the book was to choose an over-arching word for the year, one in which you would dedicate your thoughts and actions to. So words like:

Friendship. learning. Faith. Truth. Fun etc.

Guess what mine was?

Focus.

Focus has always been an area that I lacked in so I really wanted to focus on my goals and that’s what I did.

Through Focus I was able to:

  • Complete a 21 day blogging course and a 30 day video challenge
  • I developed skills in presenting and simply put myself in positions where I had to give some
  • I implement traffic strategies that enabled me to reach $10k in a month
  • Get more organized and develop systems to support my sales and marketing
  • I blogged more, networked more and connected more.
  • Get a dream coaching position and help others get started online

Mindset. I have been very achievement focused my entire life. This year, I made big strides toward becoming more process-oriented and focusing on the system rather than the goal. This was a major shift for me and the wonderful thing is that I’m enjoying the process more than ever and the results are still there.

So overall, with improved focus I was able to grow an online business, develop myself as a leader within the marketing community and nab a great job.

 

2. What didn’t go so well this year?

If I’m honest/ critical of myself I had just as many things that didn’t go so well as that that did. And they can be summed up in the following words:

Consistency. Followup. Discipline. (Or lack of thereof)

I was terribly inconsistent in my blogging, my followup with prospects and my overall marketing efforts. I also wasn’t disciplined when it came to spending (actually going into further debt) and I wasn’t consistent at all in my nutrition or my exercise. So much so that coming into the New Year I am more over-weight, and ‘weak’ than I’ve been in the past couple of years.

While I have had many things going and I’ve have the basics parts of a marketing system, I didn’t focus on creating a systematic marketing system in order to take people through a process.

So my Facebook fan page, my subscribers and my prospects have floundered. Just being honest.

 

3. What am I working toward?

If I had to condense my focus into two words this year it would be Discipline and Growth.I want to focus on walking the path of a clean and lean warrior, one who employs discipline to create habits that work for him rather than against. With consistency and discipline I will experience real growth rather than starts, stops and bursts. And I can take advantage of the gains I have made last year.

Health Like I said previously I have started the New Years not being in the best of shape (despite having great nutrition!). I will be focusing on creating the habit of working out every second day (or at least 3 times a week) for a minimum of 30 mins. I am not going to over do it but I am really lucky to have some great apps on my phone such as the 100 pushups app and some kettle bell and interval training apps. I’ve fallen in love with book by James Duigan called Clean & Lean Warrior. Its simply no nonsense, refreshingly clear and actionable. So it’s going to be my health bible over the next year and I want to make small changes to my life.

Marketing My goal this year is to hit $120k in earnings online. In order to double my current monthly earnings I will need to do some daily marketing and create systems and marketing products – no doubt about it. My focus will be creating an email subscriber list, adding at least 10 people a day to my email list and IMPLEMENTING traffic and marketing strategies. That’s been my biggest problem – knowing much more than I do. I’d like to change that around.

Sales One of my main goals this year is to become a Level 2 Coach in MOBE which is a much higher salary. In order to do that I need to have great followup and closing rates, and do them consistently. I will have to invest time into training and also create smoother processes for my coaching students.

Family All the above means little to me without the love and support of my family and friends. So while it’s easy to be so focussed on work and marketing. I need to ensure I am connecting daily with my family and also creating really good experiences with them. I may not have much quantity time with them this year but I will need to focus on quality.

 

The Bottom Line

I believe 2014 is going to be an amazing year for myself and the Pich family. By staying focussed, disciplined and consistent in the daily actions of eating right, exercising regularly, selling and marketing on a consistent basis these small daily tasks will create big windfalls for the year. Overlay these actions with what makes me happiest and that is spending time with those I love and connecting and renewing friendships.

Of course, I am happy with the progress I made in 2013 and I’m excited to make 2014 a year of slow gains, little habits, and unwavering consistency.

As always, thanks for reading. And if you want to share a suggestion, your thoughts, or your own annual review, then click here to leave a comment.

P.S. Feel free to use my annual review as a template for your own.

Sunday Roundup #1 – New Years Goodies

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Happy New Years everyone! I don’t know about you about I am feeling very optimistic about the new year, especially since 2013 was a watershed moment in terms of my own online business.

I’m looking forward to sharing with you what is working for me throughout the year and I envisage that these Sunday Roundup blog posts will provide an overview of the latest training, news and reviews that I’ve encountered in the past week. So in essence I will be reporting on great blog posts or trainings I’ve received as well as courses/ products/ services I’ve bought or are in the middle of.

In essence I just want to be accountable and to give a heads up to other great marketers doing great stuff.

So without further ado.

When Johnny Met Sammy

This week I hired my first VA his name is John Philip Lubaton. He was one of 20+ applicants that applied via my Elance job proposal. He’s from the Philipines which has my same time zone (which was important) and had good reviews from past employers. More importantly he speaks great english, is kinda fun to talk to  and attends to tasks with friendly professionalism.

In essence, he’s pretty awesome. It’s been a real godsend to have someone do the administrative repetitive tasks that take up 1-2 hours of my day. It has freed me up and enabled me to start my days without the usual stresses I have had previously. With his qualifications his rates are a steal. And if you ask nicely I might see if he’s free to work for you!

Shoot For The Moon!

Brendon Burchard started the New Years with a great rally calls to leaders everywhere asking us to ‘find our moon’, you can read his great facebook post here. In it he quotes some great lines from John F Kennedy

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

Can I get a hallelujah?

Where are the great men like John F Kennedy, demanding we give more of ourselves, setting those high standards and huge lofty goals? Well with guys like Brendon, we are in good hands.

Infact he echo’s JFK’s words with these amazing sample of his own:

Let us be more disciplined and true, each day taking action, testing things out, failing, getting up again, failing again, learning, rising and rising and rising ever more. This is the stuff of commitment and character, the demands of real contribution.

I think true leaders know that we have to fail an extraordinary amount of times for us to be accomplished at anything, and that whole process of learning and ‘getting back up’ is what defines us.

2013 Year In Reviews

There are a couple of great 2013 Year in Reviews.

I really dug Youtube’s 2013 Rewind. check that out here and try and spot all the familiar youtube stars in the clip.

I recently read Aidan Booth’s 2013 Year in review and it made me think bigger and wider. As  fellow aussie internet marketer gone global I love how he gives such great value and content and you should check out his very cool 12 Days of Christmas or BluePrint Christmas give aways. I haven’t won anything yet but its still very cool stuff.

Jame Clear is another wonderful blogger I truly admire because his writing is so well crafted and useful, since he interplays scientific research with good doses of motivation and personal development. He wrote a great 2013 Annual Review which I think I though was such a good format I’ve used it for my own.  He wrote:

There are 3 questions that I’m going to answer in my Annual Review: 

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward?

I think annual reviews are something we do instinctively as a year closes but when you have to write it down and reflect meaningfully on it I feel that it’s a very useful and potent exercise.

So how about you? What can you celebrate? What will you ponder on and what will you commit yourself to working on this year?

Crunchy Numbers

Courtesy of WordPress’s Jetpack plugin I received a pretty cool animated info pic which was my 2013 Year In Blogging which you can check out.

My favorite part was the crunchy numbers bit (it made me think of food):

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 85 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 23rd with 97views. The most popular post that day was Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret.

While I’m happy with the amount of views my blog is getting (its definitely growing), however I only averaged 1.6 blogs a week last year. I can definitely improve that!

Talking about numbers, Fizzle posted a poignant and actionable post you can read here about 240 Mornings. It;s about who we over commit ourselves trying to do too much too soon (hands up if you’re guilty of this) and how by getting real about what you can focus on and what you can achieve you can set yourself up for more success than thought previously. Very Cool

Trello

For help keeping track of your goals and projects and breaking them down into action steps, I recommend that you check out Trello. It’s a free online service that I’ve been using lately to manage a group project as well as some personal projects. This 6-minute video will give you a basic overview of how it works. I’ve only used it for about a week, and so far I’m impressed. It’s very intuitive and flexible, so you can start using it productively with a few minutes. And it’s free. They have a paid version ($5 per month), but I think the free version is more than adequate for most people.

I think it has great applications for teams of network marketers, affiliates doing JV’s or even households and chores! So check it out if you’re looking for something along these lines, and if you come up with some creative ideas for using it, please let me know what you’ve done with it.

New Years Templates

Lastly I found a great 2014 Goal Setting Template courtesy of Benjamin Harvey and Authentic Education. The template is very much the same as James Clear’s 2103 Year in review blog post but with some extra distinctions and you can download them and use them for your own goal setting nd reflective practice. Actually I might do that myself and post up the work in a blog post.

I’m actually going on some trips to catch up with Benjamin in March and September for some great workshop intensives this year. So look out for blog post about them.

Ok is that enough of a Sunday Roundup for you?? I haven’t gone into the courses I’ve bought this week but I’ll save that for another blog post!

Before you go, if you checked out any of these blogs or links please let me know what you’ve thought and if you think you got some value form this Roundup please comment below.

Have  a great week and check out me next roundup next sunday!

 

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My Top Tier Business (MTTB) Review – A Comprehensive Insider’s Guide

Welcome to my in-depth review of My Top Tier Business or MTTB for short.

You’re probably here because you’ve gotten an email or you’ve found an ad somewhere about this opportunity to learn ‘how to make $1k, $3k and $5k commissions with hassling anyone or using the phone’ You’re smart because you’re doing your due diligence and even though it’s only $49 you’re not going to enter into anything blindly (unlike my bucks night but that another story…)

What I’ve set out to do is to give you the most comprehensive, and informative review I can muster up leaving you with an informed view of whether this is right for you

By the end of this review you will:
• Have a clear picture of what exactly MTTB is
• Learn The Good, the Bad, the Ugly side of MTTB (Is it a Scam?)
• Have 99% of your questions answered

So sit back, have something to drink (I’m a peppermint and green tea fan myself) and lets dive straight in

But first, a disclaimer

$7443.44 in 15 days

$7443.44 in 15 days

I became a business partner of Matt Lloyd in Dec 2012, or what is classed as a MOBE licensee. With my first traffic run of $350 I earnt a return of more than $1200. Needless to say I never looked back after that. Nowadays I average around $2-$5000 a week using the systems that Matt Lloyd recommends.

Obviously my results are not typical. In fact, check out my full affiliate disclaimer.

Not only am I one of Matt Lloyd’s many business partners but I am also one of the insider Top Tier Coaches. I am one of the team of committed and passionate coaches who you may be working with and its a privilege of mine to be helping hundreds of motivated yet ordinary people create an online business for themselves.

So you see, I can’t be anymore unbiased than I already am. But I want to be 100% transparent about it. In fact, as an insider I can give you a better understanding about what MTTB really is!

But this post sn’t about me its about you.

My Top tier Business Overview

My Top Tier Business, is a guided 21 step course that teaches you how to make high-end commissions or ‘top tier commission’ as we say in the industry. The commissions are $1000, $3000 and $5000. They aren’t separate they’re accumulative, so you can earn $4000 or $9000 commissions as well. But there’s actually a way to increase those significantly, but I’ll cover that in a different post.

Actually take a little time to watch the short video that explains how MTTB works And if it appeals to you you can skip the review and join straight away:

 

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Who is Matt Lloyd?

Any discussion about MTTB, or MOBE invariable goes straight to the man who started it all: Matt LLoyd.

Matt is an Australian, who actually lives in my home town, Perth, Western Australia!
From very humble beginnings, the son of farmers Matt Lloyd has been able to do some amazing things (he’s a protegie of Deagan Smith and Jonathon Budd) and has a created an amazing community around a vision of getting his company to $20 million a year. And to fulful that vision he needs you.

Matt is so confident that the MTTB program works that he has made a pretty bold guarantee. He says that you will make at least $1000 within 30 days of joining the MTTB opportunity or he’ll pay you $500 cash  into your Paypal account!

When you listen to the video  above you’ll notice two things:

  1. He comes across as very sincere and trustworthy (because he is)
  2. He’s 110% able to stand behind what MTTB is and he has an amazing guarantee

In essence the man is Legit.

Side Note: Matt Lloyd is a pretty good boss, he doesn’t take crap, he often very busy (running a $2 MILLION a month business) but he’s also extremely generous and really looks to go above and beyond for his partners. Don’t tell him I told you he has a soft side! he has a reputation to keep!

What Do You Get When You Pay Your $49 Application Fee? (But I thought it’s free?)

The program itself is free, but there is a $49.00 application fee. If you are accepted into the program then you immediately will get access to your first step. If you decide it’s not for you then you can immediately get a refund.

As Matt says in the video ‘He doesn’t ‘care’ about the $49 per sec but it does kick out the tire kickers…

One of the things that is really cool about this program is that you get a coach (perhaps me!) along the way to help you get through the 21 steps. The coach will help you with questions and make sure you’re learning the material as you go. In fact, you will not be able to move onto the next step until the current step has been completed. You have to do Day 1 before you move onto day 2, etc.

Side-note: One very satisfying comment I get on a daily basis is how grateful people are to be actually be talking to a ‘live’ person and they’re ability to get one on one help. It’s even better when that person is in your same timezone (but Australians are biassed…)

What are the benefits and features of MTTB?

Here are some of the highlights about the MTTB program:

  • Never have to make a sales call again. The phone team takes care of making the sales; you just need to collect your commissions.
  • Personal one-on-one coaching with one of the My Top Tier Coaches.
  • 21 simple steps to making your first big commission.
  • You don’t have to be a computer techie (I’m not one either).
  • Access to the most effective sales funnels and best-selling products in the business.
  • Done for you system. Product fulfillment, payment processing and customer service are all handled for you.
  • Money back guarantee. If your app is declined or you’re unsatisfied with the 21 steps you simply ask for a refund.

All the coaches that are available are part of the MOBE program and one of the requirements is that the coaches are 6-figure earners themselves. They know what they’re doing!

Time To Contact Your Coach!

Once you pay your application fee you’ll get your login details in an email and also the name of your top tier coach. In general you should be contacted by your coach with 24-48 hours. However don’t be surprised if we call you 5 minutes after your application (Because we’re watching you….mwahhaahaha – ehem)

Important: I highly, highly recommend you be proactive and email your coach STRAIGHT AWAY and book an appointment with them. Here’s an example of my scheduler it’s really easy to use and its all done in your time zone. No messy time calculations

http://www.meetme.so/Samith

Here’s a video of how to schedule an appointment with me.

This will guarantee that your coach will have set time aside for your call. I recommend you be there 10 mins early and be willing to wait 15 mins later. (We might be in another call).

Getting Access to the MTTB membership site

Incase you forget the membership area is http://www.mytoptierbsuiness.com/members/login
(You’ll first need login details nosey rosey!)

Once you are approved to join MTTB, you will be given access to the members only section of My Top Tier Business. This is where your journey begins. Whether you have tried affiliate marketing in the past or not, the next 21 days can potentially change your life forever. But like anything else, you must do the work. If you don’t, well things may not work out for you.

Here is a video that my good friend Elena made about MTTB that gives you a sneak peak into the members area [Note: The members area looks different now but it's still a  useful video]

You’ll get your username and password for the site. Once you login you’ll be presented with the Getting Started section. This consists of a message from Matt and the MOBE team. The message sets the expectations for the system and what it is all about.

Getting started – Step 0

When you get to the members area you’ll be greeted by a video of Matt Lloyd and Michael Force in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexcio welcoming you. You also start off with three videos, one is titled “Who is Matt Lloyd?” and this is where Matt introduces himself and tells you his story. By the way, his story is fascinating. He is a young, self made millionaire from a little outback town in Australia, but I don’t want to spoil the story so I’ll let you watch it if you want.

The second video gets right into the meat of things, titled The Art and Science of Making High Ticket Commissions. It was recorded during the Home Business Summit. It explains how to look at high-ticket items and how they are sold. If you’re like me, you’ve never really sold a product worth several thousands of dollars, it can be intimidating but this explains how it works and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

The last video is the official Quick Start video by Matt. It echoes some of the introduction letter at the beginning of this section. It covers how the system flows, what to expect and how you’ll progress through it. How to get in touch with your coach and get access to the next step in the program.

You’ll also get access to the IM Revolution book by Matt and the last part in the getting started guide includes the contact information for your coach.

This book is worth the price of admission and its the book that started this amazing joined for me!

What’s next?

After you spend sometime going through the Getting Started guide, you need to take a few steps to get started.

Important: I highly, highly recommend sure you have Skype; most of the interactions with your coach will be through Skype so it is good to have it ready when you start.
Then you’ll need to get started with Step 1. Complete step 1, review the material and complete the assignment. This is how the rest of the program will go. Every third step or so, you’ll be meeting with your coach to review your progress and ask any questions you have.

Sidenote: Don’t try to ‘wing’ your coaching sessions – come prepared, with good notes and questions. be active and listen because this is your business and the more you put in the more you’ll get out of it

After you complete all 21 steps you’ll get access to another section; I consider this section a bonus because it isn’t really advertised or mentioned. But you’ll get access to a 30 day traffic plan guide that will help you generate traffic for your business. How awesome is that!

Who should join and who shouldn’t?

I’m actually going to be a bit harsh now (but only because I care)

My Top Tier Business is perfect for:

  • People looking for a complete ‘Turn Key’ system but who are also committed to making it work. The system works day in and day out but only if you work it!
  •  People who have the passion or the drive to make a full time living online, they’re approaching this like a real business. That means they have the correct mindset (or are open to learning it) and they have some funds for advertising, marketing and traffic.
  • People who are positive, want to help people, people who have a serious ‘why’. People who enjoy the money, not afraid to receive lots of it but are not just about that.
  • People who love personal development and connecting. Yes you can hide behind your computer but you’re missing out on the sweet juice of life!

This business is not for:

  • People who can’t commit to investing 30-60 mins a day on the lessons and training themselves
  • People who need to be told what to do and who wine and moan and don’t take personal responsibility for themselves. Yes, your coaches will help to show you how to create a top tier business. But they won’t do it for you.
  • people who ‘know everything’, who aren’t coachable.
  • People who think everything is a scam (Hint: If you’re always on the look out for scams you’ll find them everywhere)

In conclusion

My Top Tier Business is an outstanding program. It is completely packed with invaluable information that I almost guarantee you won’t find anywhere else on the net.
Furthermore, I’ve personally paid thousands of dollars for one on one coaching and I’m actually a little bit miffed(if I’m to be honest) that we get to give away our hard earnt secrets for free. But its not about me it’s about you.

In my opinion the jewel in the MTTB system are the committed and professional Top Tier coaches that will take you by the hand and guide you into the world of Top Tier Direct Sales

Before you sign up to MTTB I recommend you check out my exclusive insider Bonus to all my valuable subscribers here

 

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F.A.Q

Here are some of my most commonly asked, REAL questions by my coaching students,

Q: How long are the steps?
A: On average the steps are 30-60 mins long. Some are longer, most are shorter than that.

Q: How Many Steps are there again?
A: 21

Q: Whats the guarantee again?
A: That if you do all the steps and follow all the recommended actions of your coach in the 21 steps and if you haven’t made $1000 then you’ll get $500 deposited into your Paypal account

Q: Is that for real?
A: Yep. Awesome huh?

Q: Who’s had success with this?
A: Check out here

Q: Do you have a subscriber only bonus if I sign up under you?
A: Absolutely please check out My Top Tier Tier Business Bonus

Q: Hey I was told I wouldn’t have to pay anything until I made $50,000 through this system, but my coached offered programs to buy! What gives??
A: Beacuse we understand that people have diferent goals and situations Matt LLoyd gives several opportunities to invest in high ticket/ high return products. These are optional. Depending on your circumstance it will be up to you to decide whether its a good fit for you or not. Either way whether you invest or not you will be supported during the 21 steps.

Q: You say to do a minimum of one step a day can I do more than that?
A: Yes absolutely, if you’ve got the time. However I cauction against rushing through the course – I would rather my students have a good understanding and take time to absorb the info (there’s a lot there!)

Q: Realistically, how much money do I need to keep this system running?
A: Well it depends on your goals, and your time frame. Honestly you can do this whole business for free. And there are guys on Facebook who are crushing it. However, as you will soon be educated ‘Free Traffic’ is not leveraged. True business people don’t get rich by talking to one person at a time! I highly suggest that for whatever figure you have in mind to earn in a month (you be prepared to put aside up to a quarter in traffic costs i.e You want to make $10,000 per month then be prepared $2,000 for marketing. Now I’ve never paid that much of advertising but I have different skill sets etc).

Q: I’m not a techie! Can I really do this?
A: I’m not a techie either. If you can open and send emails and do basic stuff on Facebook you should be fine. However I do recommend getting Skype reliable fast speed internet as theres heaps of video lol

Q: Can I go over the videos and training at a later time?
A: Yes absolutely. Once you’re accepted you’ve got access to this training for ever

Q: What are the hidden costs?
A: There are no ‘hidden costs’ However there are plenty of opportunities. The truth is, everyone is different and everyone has different goals. Some people have high goals and want to get there quicker and some people don’t won’t that for whatever reason.
What Matt LLoyd does is he simply puts on the table various options. And I underline option able. Its up to you to take the offer. Nothing is pushed on and whatever your choice we;re here to support you through the 21 steps

Having said that 3 of the most power options are MOBE, Platinum Mastermind and Titanium Mastermind.

Q: I have absolutely no money and I used my grocery money on this can i truly make $10,000 per month using just MTTB
A: Firstly, if I was your coach I would cheerfully give you a refund, no kidding! You need to eat! Could you get to incredible monetary height using only free methods and not paying a cent more. Anything’s possible but highly improbable. Do you see any other six businesses running themselves on no cost? And ultimately what you are investing is is a rEAL business.

Q: Can you do the 21 steps for me and give me the money when you’ve done the work?
A: Sure, why not? While you’re there can I make you a ham sandwich? *hangs up phone and refunds client*

Q: How Do I get a refund?
A: Your coach will cheerfully arrange that for you

A: I need to go away/ I’m busy for a wile can I pause my steps?
Q: Of course. Take as much time as you need! [Note: This voids your refund guarantee]

Q: You mentioned there was an ugly side to MTTB, what is it?
A: Unfortunately you may have to see me on Skype with bad bed hair… *Queue horror music*

Q: Will You be my coach, Sam?
A: I would love to be your coach! But I can’t guarantee that I will be your coach. Actually, I truly mean this when I say that ALL the coaches are amazing people who are great at serving others.

Q: Are you single??
A: Err.. No. [Awkward silence]

Q: I haven’t got any more questions
A: That’s not really a question but if you have anymore please comment below!

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