Tear Jerking Inspirational Story (Video)

This is an old one but it’s one of the most moving stories I’ve ever seen.

It’s about an autistic kid called Jason McElway who was the manager of his high school basketball team and finally had his wish to play with the team granted.

Jason’s job was to give out water to the players and motivate them. He never actually got to play a game until the last game of the season where his coach put him on the court for the last 4 minutes of the game.

This is what happened… (get a Kleenex ready)

Jason had a dream – to play a game of basketball with his team. He had to wait out nearly a whole season, but the time finally came where he would be able to live his dream.

This is just a simple example of the power of dreams – but a very powerful one. (did your tear ducts well up too?)

With our own lives, it doesn’t hurt to do something out of the ‘norm’ once in a while to get closer to achieving our dreams.

In fact, it’s absolutely necessary.

And of course, never stop dreaming!

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

p.s. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this video. Please leave them below.

Meet My Baby Boy, Chino!

After a busy few days of back and forth to the hospital, I finally have a spare moment to post this great news to my blog!

Chino Alex Stirling was born on 14th of July 2010 at Nihonmatsu hospital.

This is our (Keiko & I) first child, a beautiful baby boy. We’ve been married since 2005 and we are so happy with our new addition to our family.

Chino was born in the middle of a hot, sunny Wednesday at 2:24pm, weighing in at 3395 grams and 49.5cm long when stretched out.

Telling by the pictures, he resembles his mother (luckily for him), but he has that cheeky little look on his face which he most definitely got from his dad.

I wish he’d stay this size forever, but there’s no stopping him growing up.

I’m just looking forward to being there everyday to see and help him grow and to experience the joys life here on Earth can bring.

I know I’m being mighty biased but isn’t he the most handsome baby ever!?

Stu “Proud Father” Stirling

A Mini-Stu On The Way!

Yep, that’s right. I’m going to be a dad!

I haven’t really announced it publicly to the World Wide Web, but my wife Keiko is expecting to give birth to a baby boy this month (July, 2010)!

Mini Stu at around 6 months in the womb

The expected date is July 16th, so that’s just 1 week away.

We are both very excited and very curious to see our boy in the flesh. We have been able to get a sneak-peak at him with theĀ  ultra sound photos and movies, but can’t wait to see what he really looks like.

I’ve just finished reading a book called “Bloke’s Guide To Pregnancy” (which I started about 6 months ago) so I have a general grasp on some things but I feel I have there is still a LOT in store for me to learn!

Keiko at 7 months pregnant

Keiko my wife is very large at the moment and can hardly move (waddle), so I’d better get off this computer and see how she’s going.

I’ll keep you up to date on the birth! It’s just around the corner…

Stu ‘Otousan’ Stirling

p.s. ‘Otousan’ is Japanese for father. (pronounced ‘o-toh-sun’)

New Office Let’s Me Work In Style And Comfort

I decided 2010 is going to be a breakthrough year for me; one where I’ll step up my game and get more serious about taking my business online to the next level.

One of thing I was opened to since reading HomePreneur by Jimmy D Brown, is that in order to excel at business, especially a home based business, your work space is one very important aspect home based entrepreneurs often overlook that affects your work productivity.

When I first got started with my Info-product business in 2006, I had just the basics; a low powered PC (tiny processor, 256MB ram, 80GB hard disk) running Windows XP in Japanese! with a tiny 15″ monitor, sitting on a tiny desk with a tiny chair…but I did have my internet connection.

The great thing about Japan is the Internet speed here. It’s one of, if not THE fastest broadband providers on the planet.

That setup was enough to get a fair amount done, but over time, things just naturally got too small. My little 80GB hard disk was filling up fast with a ton of large software apps like Photoshop, Camtasia, Skype, Open Office Suite, Microsoft Office etc. Not to mention all my files that I downloaded or created, were weighing my poor machine down.

At the end of 2009, I knew I couldn’t make the progress I wanted for my business with my setup the way it was so I bit the bullet and made it a point to do a whole office space make-over with a new desk, new chair, and best of all, new PC!

I got my new high-back executive chair and desk at the local second-hand shop for 9000 yen (about $100US) which was an absolute bargain! The PC I ordered online from the DELL website.

The specs are as follows for all you tech savvy geeks out there. Dell Studio Desktop, 20″ monitor, Windows 7 Ultimate (English OS), Intel Core 2 Quad processor (6MB cache, 2.66Ghz), 4GB RAM, 500GB Sata HDD, wireless keyboard and mouse (which I’m still getting used to) and the list goes on.

The price for this was just a smidge over 9,3000 yen (about $1050US) which is comparatively cheap. I don’t care too much about price, because I see it as an investment.

This will help me get more done with more ease, in less time. After all, my PC is my major tool I use for my business so it needs to be sharp…I don’t want to be waiting around for a program or file to load.

You’ll also notice how I keep a desk diary on the desk. In that I write my to-do list and other notes I need to remember. Some things you can’t see in the photos are a calendar right above my monitor on the wall and a small whiteboard on the wall to the left.

These help me keep organized so I can get things done and not waste my time when I sit down to work.

Now, I’m all set up for a killer 2010. I’ll be able to fly through my work in comfort. I’m not saying you need to spend $1000+ on new computer stuff for your business too, remember I was using a $700 second hand computer for almost 4 years! But if you can afford it, it sure helps.

Stu Sensei

6 Steps To Concrete Your Success In 2010

I love how the new year always brings a special refreshed feeling of energy, determination and ideas for making the new year better than the last.

I’m really excited about 2010, and you should be too!

Each one of us has a spotless 365 days ahead of us — now 361 days left — to plan and achieve the goals for a better life, better business, better health for ourselves and those around us.

The future is glistening white and the choice is 100% up to you what you want to do with yours.

Life, much like business, is a constant journey of discovery and learning. We should never stop, because there is always something new around every corner.

I love this quote because it reminds me that we are in control of our future…

“The choices we make and the chances we take, determine our destiny.” – Author Unknown

Sometimes the choices we make take us down the wrong track…mistakes are hard to avoid, but the important thing is to quickly recognize the mistake and get back on the right path.

There are many principles for success in life and business and I want to share a few I always live by and I encourage you to adopt any you like into your life and business.

1. A Positive Mind Set – You Can Do It! It all starts with this. If your mind set is not positive, you can’t move forward. Negativity will always hold you back. Your limitations are only bound by your imagination, so don’t hold back, anything is possible when you set your mind and body to it.

2. A Precise Step-by-Step Plan – As the famous proverb goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” A plan gives us a guide to follow. It gives us clarity. The more detailed and precise it is, the easier and faster you can achieve it.

3. Taking Action – Procrastination is a big success stopper for the majority of business owners and entrepreneurs. You need to avoid distraction and set aside time to focus and work your plan. Don’t forget to set deadlines on each action plan and to also plan to give yourself rewards along the way.

4. Develop Skills – We are in business because we can help people in certain areas we have skill in. We should be ever trying to develop our skills or attain more so we can keep helping people and in turn help ourselves. Often, it’s the teacher who learns the most.

5. Give More Than Expected – A huge principle for success in business and life is to remove greed and really over-deliver. Provide great value for money and quality products and services that will change peopel’s lives for the better. This is one of my favorite quites from Zig Ziglar:

“You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

6. Never Give Up – Success is guaranteed if you never stop. Just keep going towards your goal and never divert from the road leading to it. It may take longer than expected, but every little thing you do counts and takes you closer to achieving your dreams.

And remember, happiness is a journey not a destination. I’m looking forward to enjoying and growing everyday of this new year with you!

To a fantastically happy, healthy and successful 2010,
Stuart Stirling

My Brand New WordPress Blog

After blogging about my personal internet marketing career on my Blogger blog for over 3 years, I have finally pulled my finger out and built this WordPress blog.

And it’s on a much better domain name too – www.StuartStirling.com

My blogger blog is on the domain www.StuartAStirling.com (A is for my middle name “Alexander”)

Anyway, I’m glad I finally have this new WordPress blog set up because Blogger just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore…it never really did.

WordPress kicks butt and I’m looking forward to what I can turn this site into.

It’s nearly 2010 so with the new year, comes a new blog and lots of new info about making money online to share with you!

Lots more improvements to come soon so check back at any time!

Best wishes,

Stuart Stirling