Jul 16 2009

Creating Wealth – our duty and our joy?

I talked recently about wealth being a sea, huge, vast and bountiful. And each of us can come to the sea to share in it’s riches – and we can bring a teaspoon, or a bucket or even fill our own swimming pool with the wealth it contains.

And fun though that metaphor is, it is limited. As I thought about it afterwards I realised it was about taking wealth rather than the more fulfilling role of creating wealth.

In his New Year message on the importance of economic development in creating peace, even the Pope said “The creation of wealth is an inescapable moral duty”.

For me, wealth creation is about adding value, giving back more than we take.

It’s possible to do this in business and as an entrepreneur. In general, people who give more also often make more. In terms of wealth creation this is not limited to capitalistic or entrepreneurial businesses. Within the public or not-for-profit sector, it is still vitally important to give a better service, to increase effectiveness and efficiency… that way “the jam spreads further” and more people can be served.

It’s also about empowering ourselves and empowering others.

In so far as any of us controls anything, having some degree of control of your own income generation is incredibly liberating.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”

Encouraging people to become skilled in the art and science of wealth creation at all levels of society can only give rise to more “fishermen”.

Yet another challenge for role models and educators!

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Jul 15 2009

Taking My Own Time Management Advice

OK, I came to my computer this morning, slightly less “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” than normal.

As I waited for the machine to spring to life I unfolded a piece of paper on my desk – it contained notes to include in a teaching session on writing a research paper. I flattened out the creases in the paper and spread it out before me.

When technology had caught up with me/my laptop, I set it off to check my emails…

Noticing a half finished blog entry, I then logged on to WordPress to complete the task I’d started yesterday.

It was only a matter of minutes before my email alert pinged and had me checking out my Inbox and my eyes glanced back to that sheet of paper I’d put on my desk.

It was only as I recognised the urge to finish off that email for a new autoresponder sequence that was also in an open file on my laptop that I realised the seriousness of this situation.

Within five minutes of starting work I had flitted between three or four tasks…Multitasking gone mad!

Now I can’t believe you’ve never experienced something like this.

As someone who teaches time management sessions this is time to take my own medicine.

Faced with numerous tasks, none too complicated, none are incredibly urgent, none will take a very long time to complete, I’m going to recommend a dose of serial single-tasking.

This is when I choose a task, set my timer for 15 minutes and go for it!

Get as much done on the chosen task as possible before the bell rings. If I complete the task, great!

If I don’t complete the task, I lay down my tools, set my timer once more and move onto the second task for the next 15 minutes.

It works brilliantly. I don’t get bored, I know I’m moving many different things forward and for the slightly more complex tasks, I have the added oomph of the deadline effect… when I can see I have only a few minutes left before the bell, it’s amazing how much more focussed I can be in working towards a convenient pausing point.

OK, job done. Blog entry completed – and this one written as a bonus. Notes for workshop captured in a scratch file and my autoresponder message sorted.

(Also installed X-Site Pro and rearranged my office! What a profitable morning?)

Hope serial single-tasking works well for you too.

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Jul 14 2009

Get a Domain Name That Works Wonders

To make a success selling information products online it really helps to have your own domain name and a website to sell things from. But what name should you buy?!

It really is worthwhile spending some time brainstorming your ideas even before you get ready to search. Try to include keywords in your domain name that are related to the product you’re selling or promoting.

Think like your customer! What are they searching for? What words or phrases do they type into Google or Yahoo search engines?

A friend whose website is about wealth creation figured people would be looking for “get out of debt” or “financial freedom” even “how to build a business”. When she analysed her web stats she found she had a huge number of hits from people typing in “how to make a million”… think like a customer!

You can go to somewhere like http://www.citrusdomains.com and enter your ideas into their search box to see if your first choice (even second or third choice) name is available.

Depending on your product idea, you might find that all the “obvious” domain names are already taken. After a search at CitrusDomains.com, if you scroll down the page you’ll see some suggestions are usually offered that might inspire you further.

Have you thought about adding words to the front of your keyword phrase:
the, my, best, first, top….

Or try adding words to the back of your keyword phrase:
online, club, site, blog, today, USA, UK
these slight modifications can open doors to some really valuable keyword-rich domains.

I registered DigitalProductsToday for a future product range  – not bad but who types “digital products” into Google?? So I managed to grab some hot iPhone related links using exactly the strategies I described. Do you think people search for “iPhone deals” on Google? You bet they do!

You could consider adding hyphens between words – it’s not my favourite strategy but it makes sure your keywords get seen by your clients and by the search engines and that’s what matters!

In internet marketing, if the search engines see your website, your website gets traffic.
If your website gets traffic, you can get more sales.

So go ahead, visit http://www.citrusdomains.com today and start creating some traffic-pulling, keyword-rich domains today!

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Jul 13 2009

An Ocean of Wealth

News releases are interesting. Are we in for that W-shaped recession, is there worse to come, are we bottoming out and ready for a slow recovery?

Wouldn’t we all love to know the answers to these questions?

At one level I’m as keen as anyone to know. At another level, I’m going to carry on doing what I was going to do anyway.

One of the things I’ve learned about the journey of “wealth creation” is that it’s largely about an attitude.

Don’t get me wrong. It needs to be accompanied by actions, targeted, researched, consistent actions, but if you don’t have the right attitude, you’ll not get very far at all.

Deep down, many people have the feeling that they shouldn’t want to be wealthy. That being wealthy, righ is wicked, selfish, bad.

And if one person’s being wealthy caused another person’s poverty, I would have some sympathy with that. But it doesn’t need to be directly linked.

There is more than enough wealth in the world for everybody to have some. In fact, the most wealthy people in the world are often most actively engaged in spreading their wealth around, setting up charitable foundations so that more people can benefit from their money, power and wisdom in many different ways. If you become wealthy, you can choose to share it an any way you please – or not – and most people I know who have financial freedom are incredibly generous givers!

Wealth is like the sea… I’ve heard many people say, that when it comes to our personal wealth, it doesn’t matter whether we come to the sea with a teaspoon or with a bucket. The sea will still be plenty full enough for us all.

So what are your plans? I know that being a part of the Money Gym community has transformed the way I think about money and created or presented me with many different opportunites to learn, to invest and to practically do the business of wealth creation.

There’s a difference between thinking “That’s a good idea” and then waiting for your fairy godmother to appear with a magic wand to grant your wish… and actually doing something about wealth creation.

If you really are at the start of your journey I can highly recommend the Money Gym Book.

A little further in and ready to get started – go for membership of the Money Gym Club – you’re so worth it! Invest in one of the coaching programmes and learn how to build a business or to set yourself up online.

And if you’re well on the way and want to create an internet empire making money online, I can recommend the great resources in MoreMoney365.com – well worth signing up for! There is a huge library of articles, videos, interviews to really learn from. There are PLR materials for members to download… A community to be part of if you choose.

So, are you still waiting???

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Jul 09 2009

Revealing what you already know

One of the greatest pleasures in my work as teacher, trainer or coach is to reveal to people the truths which they already know.

This can happen in any just about arena. When discussing wealth creation, personal development or a presentation skills training session…

You share something and you see, in the other, a light-bulb explodes!

Have you ever had that experience?

Whether as teacher or student, the effect is electric – that biggest ah-ha moment to enjoy, as if something that you’ve always known has taken form and found expression.

It’s not possible to plan such moments as they arise in the moment, the chemistry – it’s as if two souls have touched and sparked.

It’s a real privilege to share such growth…

Do something to feed your soul today!

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Jul 08 2009

The value of education – according to the Mahatma

Gandhi - no god higher than truth

The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is.

We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market.

We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more.

We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated.

The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated?

As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education.
(M. K. Gandhi. True Education on the NCTE site)

Speaking as an Academic, what can I add??? Hear, hear!!

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Jul 07 2009

My life is my message



There’s a story about a young reporter who was trying to get an interview with Mahatma Gandhi…

He followed him for days, from venue to event to… the train station, without managing to speak in person.

As the train pulled out he saw Gandhi at an open window and shouted to him “Please, do you have a message for my readers?”

To which the Mahatma replied “My life is my message.”

And your life… observed from the outside… what is your message?

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Jul 06 2009

BT offer staff paid leave… i…

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BT offer staff paid leave… if no coersion could be a geat deal? See: http://bit.ly/WieyH

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Jul 05 2009

New laptop arrived… Dilemma …

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New laptop arrived… Dilemma – should I get to grips with Office 2007 and those ribbons or switch to Open Office?

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Jul 02 2009

Twitter Traffic Machine

Is this for real?

Twitter Traffic Machine is the new hottest product on Clickbank.

Bill Crosby, it’s creator claims to have recruited over 16,000 followers in 90 days, pretty much on autopilot!

Wouldn’t it be neat to automate your contacts with 16,000 followers in any business niche?

I confess I still struggle with Twitter – I have multiple business personalities and haven’t quite figured out how to manage them effectively – but goodness knows, this is a big enough incentive for me to “pull out my finger” and get building a list of followers!

Bill reckons he has distilled 2,000 hours of “playing” with Twitter into 60 minutes of video where he shows us how to automate all the content and relationship management – exactly how do you have a relationship with 16,000 people? Guess I’ll have to buy Twitter Traffic Machine myself and find out.

Can you imagine… if you shorten a URL to make it Twitter-friendly, people have to click on it to see what it is… and if you have even a 1% response rate, that’s 1,600 clicks from 16,000 followers…. impressive. If the sales page has a 3% conversion rate that’s 48 sales – from a single Tweet!

OK Guys, let’s get serious here – follow me please!!!!! http://twitter.com/MargaretCollins

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