groundwork

Ready to stop drowning? Read this

I used to have a recurring dream about being swept away by a tsunami. We'd be on a beach, the waves would be doing their thing... Until one moment, the waves would recede down the beach -- and keep going. And going. And going. The beach would stretch out further and further away, exposing rocks [...]

White-hot pain between your thighs

If you're not ripping all the skin from the insides of your thighs, you're not trying hard enough. If you're not covered in bruises, you're not stepping out of your comfort zone. Do you think I made it to here: without some (lots of) pain along the way? Nope. There was pain. There were tears. [...]

“Where do you get your ideas?”

How often do you contact your list? Every now and then? Once a month? More often?  You know my feelings on this. I mean, I post my stuff every day, even if you don't read it every day. One of the things I'm often asked is, where do I get my ideas? How do I [...]

Leaping backwards into the abyss

I stood nervously on the edge of the pit, my back to the abyss. Deep breath. You can do this. I folded forwards, then straightened and launched myself backwards, touching down lightly with my hands, and flipping back onto my feet. My very first backflip! I have always wanted to be able to do a [...]

What about the first $4 million?

“It’s the only reason Richard Koch, the 80/20 godfather, can work an hour a day and build a net worth of $330 million over 25 years (starting with just $4 million).” I read that in an email the other day, I can't remember from whom. One of the newsletters I subscribe to about 80/20, I [...]

Why you, not somebody else?

I struggled for a long time to find who I really was in my business. I found myself inadvertently emulating those I admired – copycatting, really, although it wasn't intentional.   I didn't really know what made me different because, let's face it, copywriters and marketing bods are ten-a-penny on the internet now. It's the [...]

Take a moment to sharpen your saw

Once upon a time, a woodcutter strained to saw down a tree.  A young woman who was watching asked "What are you doing?" "Are you blind?" the woodcutter replied. "I'm cutting down this tree."  The young woman was unabashed. "You look exhausted! Take a break. Sharpen your saw." The woodcutter explained to the young woman [...]

Good things come to…

Every now and then someone asks me what they can do to grow their business, that won't cost them anything. Hell, there are people reading this blog post who go through their lives wanting something for nothing – there are a lot of people out there like that. They want something; they feel entitled to it; [...]

The harder you work the luckier you get

I read a thought-provoking blog post a while ago, and it reminded me of something. Something really important. Nobody gets to be successful by looking at what successful people do.  Nor even by copying what they’re doing now. You have to spend time laying the groundwork. Doing what successful people have done to become successful. I [...]

Revolution (ˌrɛvəˈluːʃən) noun 1. a sudden, radical, or complete change 2. a fundamental change in political organisation, especially the overthrow or renunciation of one government or ruler and the substitution of another by the governed 3. activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation 4. a fundamental change in the way [...]