A definite MUST READ!

I just passed on a list of blogs that are either funny, interesting or informative.  Great to look over and see what you like.

I can’t tell you what to read.  To each his own.  Depending on the content, the writing style, etc, you will find what you like to read.

But I urge you to try to find a good source of information that you can follow on an ongoing basis.  This will give you greater insight into the words, the hidden meanings, the references to past posts.

You will get a much greater experience by finding the blogs you like, and checking them on a regular basis.

And do this not only for business, but also for pleasure!

One that I have just started to read – actually because he just started to write it in the last month is John Delavera’s Blog.

I like his style, his deep thinking, the fact he is not scared to let people know what he thinks, how his mind works, and what his convictions are.

I am a member of his membership site.  I feel it is one of the highest quality sites on the net.

But his blog is not simply an advertisement for his membership site, or his products (of which there are many – both ebooks and software).

No – his blog is more about his own personal revelations, and how they relate to business, and what drives him. Also he enjoys rambling about what is happening in the Internet Marketing world, and how it can relate to his business plan and yours.

He does give good advice on business, on creativity, and on driving for success!

So do check it out – http://www.johndelavera.com/blog/

Jack

Here are a couple more:

http://www.1cleancomputer.blogspot.com/

http://www.dollars2blog.com/blog/

http://acmeaims.com/website-traffic

hey – I better mention my fun blog

http://zedfun.blogspot.com/

Now you have lots of stuff to waste your days!
Jack

Jack

a variety of blogs for your pleasure

Here is an eclectic list of blogs – mainly geared at fun, frolic, and some food.

http://alternativehealthylifestyle.blogspot.com/

http://candy-recipes.blogspot.com/

http://vladimir.pixeltomorrow.com/

http://www.hippiespelunker.blogspot.com/

http://laughwithresearchowl.wordpress.com/

http://www.hockeypools.blogspot.com/

http://www.goodiesndeals.blogspot.com/

http://www.samstephens.com/blog/

http://www.gas-mileage-tips.com/

http://happyslobbargains.blogspot.com/

http://themosttrustedguyontheinternet.com/blog/

Enjoy
Jack

Post Gone – and forgotten

Yesterday I wrote a fairly long post about Change. It was a good one, in my opinion. I talked about how people ususally do not embrace change, rather they avoid it. But they should go after it. Change equals opportunity!

I also talked about ways to change your attitudes toward change. And ways to encourage change in your life.

Then I hit the wrong button, and the post was gone!

I wanted to re-create that post, but I could not. It was original thoughts, that were flowing out of me, from ideas and feelings at the time. It may come to me again, but I cannot force it.

So today, I want to mention a couple items that I want to focus on in the near future.

I want to go over a number of essential tools that are needed for online success. Some are new, some are old, but all are essential.

Speaking about essential tools, just a qualifier. I recommend what I have used, and what I like. I will often talk about, or do a minor review on items I haven’t used, but have heard alot about, and have researched about what they do and don’t do.

So does this mean you should buy everything I recommend.

I would hope that you value my opinion enough to buy it, but I know that is not realistic. So I just hope you take the information I give you and use it wisely in your buying decision.

Also many people ask me why I sometimes recommend a complex or expensive tool when a cheaper one, or even a free one will do the job.

Well compare it to building a house. You can pound all the nails in with a hammer, but if you get an Air Nailer, you will be much more efficient. If you only have a picnic table to build, a regular hammer will suffice, and it probably is not worth the expense of buying an Air Nailer along with the needed Compressor.

Another analogy. If you are hemming a pair of pants, a needle and thread will suffice. But if you have 20 pairs of pants, I would recommend a sewing machine. And if you are making a new dress every month, then you definitely need a sewing machine.

The same is true with internet marketing. The smaller and cheaper tools may work in your situation, depending on what you plan to do. But if the job is big, or complex, the right tools can save you time, money and frustration.

all the best
Jack

The BIG ONE

I have done some soul searching lately. Really trying to nail down who I am and what I want. Part of this is a result that I am frustrated with my day job. Not having the tools and not given the freedom to run the business as I want to has left me without a vision for that business. And this keeps me from giving 100%, which is something that really eats at me.

I am also frustrated with my online business. In my mind it is growing and developing, but I don’t have the time and resources to physically build what I want.

This leads me to wondering what it is that I really want. Where do I want to focus my limited resources of time – energy – money.

So that leads me to a number of very intelligent people that I have read their books, listened to their tapes and followed their blogs. One idea I see coming out of all of them is the need for VISION.

You need a Big One!

A big idea than centralizes all your smaller objectives. It will bring focus to your life, and passion to your work. It gives you a purpose, a reason to bounce out of bed, a reason to work late into the night. A reason for living!

I struggle with coming up with my BIG ONE. I have many ideas, many of them very BIG. Majority of them are all part of a bigger entity. Defining that entity is what is hard. To me, the picture is very fuzzy. And that is a problem.

“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand”

I cannot right now see it clearly in my mind. I try to define it, I try to bring the picture into focus, but it never quite gets there.

I think this is partly because I once had a very crystal clear vision. It was something that I spent over 15 years working at. I toiled dusk to dawn and then some. I spilt sweat and blood for that vision. But in the end, economics would not let it be. If your vision is not financially sound, then it cannot be attained. It must be solidly embedded in reality.

So I gave up that vision, and started to build a new one. But it takes time, it takes a change of priorities, it takes a change of dreams. And changing one’s dreams is not an easy thing to do.

So yes, the dream is taking shape. Once I thought I had a picture of it, but with a closer look, at both the dream and myself, I knew it was not quite right. So the picture is still fuzzy.

But it will come. I am using the tools that I have to make it come into focus.

And in the meantime, I am using my time to gain knowledge, to gain skills, to increase my network, to put together a solid foundation.

Then when I see that dream – the BIG ONE clearly, I will be set to grab it and hold on for all my might.
Jack