Super-Achievers & Billionaires Productivity Secrets

This video will change the way you think about your time and how you spend it doing ‘work’.

It’s amazing at how counter-intuitive these time management ‘hacks’ are.

I’ve watched multiple videos and read several ebooks and blog posts about productivity, but this video below takes the cake.

WATCH IT. SERIOUSLY. It will be the best 91 minutes you’ve ever invested in learning how to ‘run a business’.

(or click here to go big screen!)

If you’ve ever wondered how billionaires run a business – icons like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet etc, you’re about to learn them.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Stuart Stirling

Have Small Successes Daily To Get More Done

“The to success is list building.”, “The key to success is traffic and conversions.”

Those are important keys, but what really lies under it all is how we spend our time when we sit down to work on the computer to achieve a bigger email list or get higher conversions.

In a word – PRODUCTIVITY.

Because when you work at home, it’s a battle to stay focused and get real work done!

Working at home needs you to be self-motivated, and more so, self-disciplined.

Here is a productivity hack you can apply to your work habits to get your day started right and set yourself up for success that day.

I find in my own work, the days when I start out doing an income-generating task first, I stay focused and have a very productive work day.

On the other hand, the days when I lazily check email first thing while flicking between Facebook are some of the most unproductive days.

There is one other very important point to staying productive – and that is to have a PLAN.

The simplest form of a plan is your to-do list, but the more detailed you can make your plan, the better you can manage your time.

The advantages of planning are expansive. The bigger and more detailed your plan, the greater things you can achieve. You can either pan for success, or plan for failure by not planning.

Get a plan, get a good start to your days so you can power on through and achieve your goals!

Stuart Stirling

 

 

Perfectionism Kills Productivity

I was chatting with a customer a while back
and he was telling me about two info-products
he’s been working on for around 6 months.

He still he isn’t ready to release them and show
them to the world yet because they’re not perfect.

I said, “They’ll never be perfect, so don’t wait.
Just get them out there.”

All this time that he’s hiding his products is
just wasting time.

It’s time that he could be making sales and building a customer
list who he could ask for feedback on the product.

The customer would be perfectly happy with the products
as they are but could offer advice or ideas for improvements.

Don’t waste time trying to make things perfect.

If you’re waiting for things to be perfect, you’ll
be waiting a long time. Too long.

One of my favorite slogans is “Money Loves Speed”.

Fast decisions and fast implementation is when you can
create great income.

I’m a copywriter also, and to me a sales letter is never
perfect but I get it to a stage that I’m happy with
and then send it off to my client for review and
see what comes back. Even the final draft is
never quite perfect. But it looks ‘good enough’
and works ‘well enough’ so I and my client are happy.

You could apply the same method with your thinking.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do everything
perfectly before you start. You don’t need to have
the perfect ‘plan’ before you start taking action.

You’ve got to find that ‘middle ground’ where
you can say ‘It’s good enough’ and then just
go for it.

The worst thing you can do it be like my customer
above with his products – nothing. His products are
complete but they and he are standing still.

If you’re not moving up, you’re moving down.

Start doing something, anything – to get you
moving up and one step closer to finishing your project
or releasing your project. Maybe there is just one
little thing that is holding you back. A technical
issue or something else. Fix it somehow, and get it
out the door..

Start moving to get momentum going.

Keep the momentum going by doing a little everyday,
even if it’s not the absolutely perfect thing to be doing.

Eventually, you’ll automatically get better
at choosing the best things to do to achieve your goals.

If it keeps you moving forward it’s good enough.

Stuart Stirling

 

How To Get What You Want In 2014

Happy New Year!

There are a ton of things I want to write and tell you about but I don’t have the time to write a long article for each of the topics so I’m just going to spray them all down here and hope you can make sense of it all.

Here is a list of some “random thoughts” that you may be able to take on board as you’re heading into 2014, with the one aim of basically ‘getting what you want’.

These are actually pieces of advice I’m giving to myself. Some are practical, others are psychological mindsets, but I think you’ll enjoy reading them and I’m sure some will help you.

1. Be yourself – Don’t compare to others. Compare yourself to you.

Don’t try to be better than the next guy and don’t ask ‘Why am I not as successful as that guy?’

Just try to be better than you were yesterday.

7InsightsEveryone’s story and background is different – you don’t know their full story so comparing yourself to others does nothing positive –  even when done the other way around (ie. saying or thinking “I’m better than that guy”) When you find yourself comparing to others, replace those thoughts with, “what am I working on to be a better me?” then get back to work on it!

I’ll admit that it’s hard to avoid seeing ‘other people’s success’ when it’s blasted in our face 24/7. 

It’s everywhere online. Facebook, emails, sales letters, blogs..

One of my pet peeves is seeing posts on Facebook that are big “Look at me! I’m making money!” when they put up screenshots of their commissions or some other ‘awesome’ result.

And what’s funny is that these guys are trying to say they’re in the business of “helping others succeed”. To me, posting that kind of stuff is a big “F%$# you!” and doesn’t genuinely help others. 

What I’d much rather see people, and I try to do this too, is post content that actually provides information and educates people.

Sure if you show us a method that you used and it got you ‘these awesome results’ great, share away.

When I see some clown showing off on Facebook or in emails or whatever.. and I recommend you do this too, is “Unfollow” them on Facebook, unsubscribe from their email newsletter and make a decision not to be like them.

If you want to get people’s attention and not be a douchebag about it – create and/or share valuable content. 

2. Really think about the direction you’re taking and think about ‘positioning’ yourself in your marketplace.

This will help you from wasting a lot of time screwing around and spinning your wheels.

Having a clear direction is essential.

Think about what you want. Really think and make a firm decision that ‘this is what I want’.

If you’re just umming and arring, saying “umm.. yeah I guess this would be nice to do/have” then you’ll never ever ever get what you want.

The universe/life/God whatever you believe, doesn’t work like that – it doesn’t give abundantly to “hopeful wishers”.

You’ve got to be relentless about going after what you want.

If you don’t know what you want, NOW is the best time to start thinking and deciding on it. It’s the beginning of the new year so do it now while it’s the season to do it.

3. Strive to be a leader in your industry. Room is running out for ‘mediocre’ business owners.

I truly believe and am starting to see there is “plenty of room at the top”.

It might mean you stretch the boundaries of what’s considered ‘the norm’ in your business – and you might piss off people on your way of doing it differently.

But the payoffs will be worth it.

Dare to be bold.

4. Master your craft. This goes hand in hand with being a leader. You can’t really lead when you’re not excelling in your field of work.

If you’re in design or anything to do with visual aesthetics, be on the cutting edge of design.

I’m sick of all my websites looking like they were made in 2006. So one thing I’m planning to do is update my sites to look fresh.

Speaking of websites, I’m actually massively changing my focus of my core business in the new year. Which means that I’ll be shutting down a lot of my sites. So I’ll actually only have a ‘few’ that I’ll need to update.

Mastering your craft also means learning how to use your PC, how to type properly, how to use your software better, keeping on top of new advancements and trends in the marketplace, how to ‘talk’, how to ‘sell’.. and the list goes on and on.

Stay alert and ‘in the loop’. Follow someone who always is one step ahead of the rest in your field.

5. Know your ideal customer. 

There is this guy on Facebook.. not mentioning any names.. but he is pushing an MLM and he tags dozens of people in his screen shots thinking he’ll get them ‘in’ with his hype and B.S.

The guy is a douche.

A couple of times he’s tagged me in his images so I get a notification and keep getting notifications whenever someone posts a comment.

So I’m seeing all these comments from broke, desperate people telling him they’re broke and desperate and they can’t join because they have no money.

The hilarious thing is, he’s telling them “Don’t worry! if you don’t have any money, you came to the right person…. this is the exact opportunity for you” 

WFT? LOL

To me this guys’ “ideal customers” are broke losers! Good luck to him!

Success in business is about YOU choosing your customers and clients. Not the other way around like the majority of marketers do it.

Once you know the type of customers and clients you want, (hopefully they aren’t broke) you can attract that type of person with your ad copy, your offers, sales funnels etc.

So it goes a lot deeper than just ‘choosing a niche’. You need to be choosing your customers/clients inside that niche too.

6. Surround yourself with like-minded people – or people you want to be like. 

It’s been quoted a million times.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

I love Jim Rohn. He was a man brimming with wisdom.

This video is where my ‘inspiration’ for this blog post title came from.

Spend more time online building your network online. Choose the people you want to learn from and ‘hang out’ with carefully.

There are worthwhile online forums and Facebook groups, skype groups, but within those groups, try to find people you can build a real solid relationship with. Become more than just an online ‘acquaintance’ with them.

It’s these relationships that will feed you, stretch you, boost you up when you’re lagging…. and to have a laugh with which makes working online fun.

7. Work out “What Success is for you”.

Is success for you a certain dollar figure? Or is it to live a balanced life – balanced between work, family, fun?

For me this year I’m planning to focus on the latter. For the last 7 or so years since I’ve been online, I’ve been pretty much solely focussed on the monthly figures as my way of gauging ‘my success’.

Maybe it’s because I’ve now got two kids or that I’m living comfortably without any major financial stresses  – but since the last half of 2013, my idea of ‘success’ has shifted from ‘hustling to make as much money as possible’ to ‘living a balanced life’.

Just today I found this blog post written by an online entrepreneur who has had the same shift as me. It kind of inspired me to write this post. I’m not saying you shouldn’t work your tail off to make as much money as possible, but work out what makes you happy.

For me, this year, I want to spend more time enjoying life.

Yes I’m going to work hard (actually I want to work smarter this year by delegating work and working in different areas of business that will pay me more for my time), but I’m going to do things I’ve been wishing I was doing the past few years.

Things like playing basketball with my friends, getting a fast car and hooning like a true Aussie, picking up a guitar or 2 and jamming away to some heavy rock tunes, studying the masters more and developing my talents.

This will require some ninja time management but that’s another thing I’m going to be working on this year.

Hope you got some valuable insights out of this post. And if you care to share any other points you’ll be working on this year, please write them below!

To a happy and prosperous 2014!

Stuart Stirling

 

How To Be Your Own Mentor

At some stage in your internet business career you’ll probably consider getting a mentor for that extra expert advice, support and ‘kick up the butt’ to push you to the next level.

I highly recommend a mentor if you can afford one. There is nothing like having someone to keep tabs on you and someone you can report to on top of all the advice they can share with you.

But unfortunately, for many marketers, especially beginners with a low budget, even if you want to get a mentor, you may not be able to afford one.

I was thinking about this the other day and was playing with the idea that you can be your own mentor. This would be the perfect solution to those who want to build up their business and save a lot of money.

If you’ve been working online in your own business for any time, you’d probably know that being your own boss is not the easiest thing to do. To be your own mentor and be your own boss is going to be even harder so this concept isn’t for you if you’re lazy.

In order to be your own mentor I believe you have to have more qualities than just being an average web business owner.

To make the leap up, you need to have extreme self control and an unstoppable drive to be the constantly learn, improve what you’ve already got, do new things better and do it more often.

Mind Control

I believe this is where 99% of “self-bosses” fail. They simply can’t control their minds to keep their thoughts focused on their business long enough to get any decent work done. It’s hard I agree and I am not saying I’m perfect in this area. There are so many distractions online. We have to get a handle over our inbox, facebook account, instant messengers and other activities that can suck our attention and our time. To be your own mentor, you’ve got to turn on the ‘boss inside you’ and listen to him. You’ve got to think like a mentor. You know when you’re mucking around and should be working  – think “would [insert mentor’s name here] be doing this?”. Then it’s only a matter of making that mental decision to stop procrastinating and getting back to work.

Try this too: If you find yourself screwing around wasting time, close all browsers and programs.. even go so far as to switch off your computer. Get a pen and paper and write out a list of things you want to do. Then plan how you’re going to accomplish them. Not knowing what to do when you sit down at your PC is the biggest feeder of procrastination.

Getting The Drive

First of all, you need to really want to succeed and have an undying dedication to your business. It’s pretty easy to get excited and hype yourself up to get motivated – you just have to imagine yourself when you have achieved your goal. If that doesn’t work, read some motivational books or listen to audios.

Constantly Learn

If you’re not increasing your knowledge everyday, you’re going backwards. The internet is changing everyday. Although the fundamental marketing strategies remain the same, new tools and marketing avenues appear all the time. Yes it’s good to buy some courses that teach you new (for you) methods to increase traffic. conversions, profits etc. If you don’t buy anything thinking you already know all there is to know, you’re shooting yourself in the foot!

Learning is one key to growing your business. You pay a mentor to learn new things so think of new courses and study resources as in investment. You do have to pay for knowledge, but it’s that knowledge that can make you rich!

Improve What You’ve Got 

There is always room for improvement so whatever you have learned, see where you can apply it to improve your business that you’ve already got going. Some marketers like to start new things and forget about what they’ve made in the past. I like to maximize what I’ve got because it’s a lot easier to make something better than start a completely new project.

Do New Things Better

Creating new things is what being an entrepreneur is all about. It’s a good idea to make what you’ve got better but you’ve got to always be looking to create and grow your product line, your customer base and build your brand. It comes back to learning – from courses that you buy to your experiences/mistakes – to do new things the better than before.

Do More

The awesome thing about having an internet business is that it’s a numbers game for the most part. Once you’ve got your conversion rates dialed in, you can pretty much predict how much you can make or how much traffic you need to be able to make X dollars. The next step is to just do more of what you already know what’s working. It’s not rocket science. You don’t have to invent a brand new business every time. Just keep pumping out offers sites and campaigns that you know are going to make you money.

Make Goals And Reward Yourself

You’d get a lot of satisfaction if your mentor gave you a big pat on the back and said “great job!” seeing all the great results you’ve accomplished. Being your own mentor, you should reward yourself for accomplishing certain tasks by a certain time. It can be a daily reward or a big reward after a big project like a product launch. This means you’ll have to set goals and deadlines to accomplish them. Having a reward waiting for you will keep you focused and determined to get the job done right. You don’t want to put yourself under too much pressure but you need a little to get the most out of your time – and simply get things done!

Becoming your own mentor is not impossible and it won’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of work but if you apply some of the qualities I talked about above, you may find yourself becoming the mentor you would have happily paid $1000/mth to. But as your own mentor, pay that money and all the extra you make from your improved business to yourself. You earned it!

To your success!

Stu Sensei

Are You Spreading Yourself Too Thin?

I got an email a while back from a frustrated reader who was trying a lot of different ways to make money on the internet, but failing chronically.

He also relayed his feelings to me in this way…

“Sometimes I feel like I’m a mile wide and an inch deep by trying to many different things. Since you seem to be doing well, what do you recommend?”

Do you ever feel like that?

This is how I answered him.

“I focus on one thing at a time. I’ll stick with one niche, one website, one traffic generation method and wait to see results from that. Then I’ll try to master and get results from other traffic sources and try to get it all running on auto-pilot as much as possible.. THEN I’ll move on to the next thing.”

I’m not perfect – there are times when some new shiny thing will catch my eye and I’ll want to try this out or that and float away from my focus from time to time, but I try to control my thoughts and actions and get back on track as soon as I can.

There are way too many ways out there to make money online or whatever you want to do.

Our inbox’s and social network news feeds are constantly bombarded with them!

So it’s really easy to get lost and hung up on all the new and different products and methods – but as you know, you end up going nowhere.

That’s where the feeling of  being “a mile wide but only an inch deep” comes from. You’re trying everything a little to see if it makes a difference, but the reality is that doing little bits of this and that lightly won’t get you where you want to go. You simply don’t get traction and you stay penny-less.

The thing that really makes a difference is this – consistent, focussed effort.

That’s all you really need.

If you’re just starting out – choose one niche, start one website and focus solely on that project until you succeed.

The only way to be successful with our online business is to focus all your efforts, resources and skills into one campaign…and not even contemplate chasing after another until you succeed at the first one.

The point I want to make is don’t spread yourself too thin across too many different websites and campaigns all going at once.

Learn and master one method or skill at a time. i.e. learn to write good articles and fast, get a system for backlinking in place.

Just like an Olympic athlete doesn’t try to get the gold in every sport in the games, they specialize in one type and win in it. The same goes for entrepreneurs. You will find success when you focus and stick with one project at a time.

It’s hard to be disciplined to stick with one thing – even when you think it’s going nowhere – but that’s the difference between the mediocre and those who really succeed.

Stu Sensei

Weekend Assignment Follow Up

If you read my weekend challenge from last weekend, then I hope you took it up and followed through with it.

I gave it my best shot, and I managed to finish one book “The Magic of Thinking Big” and I got through 100 pages of Jay Abraham’s “Get Everything You Can Out Of All You Got” but didn’t quite finish it. I’ll make sure to finish it off tonight!

So this is just a follow up message to check up on you and ask you how you went with the challenge.

I’m really interested to see whether joining this challenge helped you focus and get some study done.

If you were a slacker and didn’t complete the assignment, then give yourself a slap and promise to do better next time.

But remember, there is no better time than now to get to work and finish that course you’ve bought!

Stuart StirlingStu Sensei

p.s. Please ‘report’ on how you went with the challenge in the comments below!