Weekend Assignment

This may be the best bit of advice I have given you in a long time so please read this entire post.

But first, let me ask you a question?

“How many courses or ebooks on ‘how to make money’ have you bought this year, this month or this week which you haven’t finished or worse, not even started yet?”

I myself am guilty of starting and not finishing of one or two courses.. and I have a feeling that many of you are the same.

One of the things I hate is to waste money. If I buy a course or a product, I have to use it. If I don’t, I’ll be angry at myself.

So, I’m creating a challenge for myself this weekend and I want you to take on this challenge too.

Here it is…

“This weekend, commit to finishing that course or ebook that you haven’t completed yet.. or even started yet.

You’ll know the one to choose. It will be the one that you always say to yourself, ‘I’ll get around to it.”

Well, NOW is the time to get around to it!

If it contains more hours of material than the 48 hours, then get through as much as possible the next two days.

If you don’t finish it by Monday, commit to continue through next week until you do.

That means you’re going to have to take real control of yourself. No distractions, no checking email 50 times a day, not even working on your biz.

You may be tempted to try out what you just learned, but try to hold off until you complete the material.

The reason is that you might find some extra info on how to do it better if you go through all of the content before you implement.

Put it all on hold and just go through the course.

Think of it as going to a live seminar in your house. All your attention needs to go to studying.

After finishing your course, I’m positive you’ll walk away with two things…

1) You’ll have an awesome feeling of accomplishment

2) You’ll have gained knowledge that you can use to better grow your business.

I am taking this challenge too this weekend, so we can work on this challenge together.

So what do you say? Are you in?

To your success,

Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. If you don’t mind telling me and others, what course or ebook do you have burning a hole in hard drive that you are going to commit to completing this weekend?

How to Turn Ideas Into Money

Do you have a “million-dollar idea” for a product or service that could change people’s lives but it’s just sitting around in your brain doing nothing?

Just don’t know where to start?… or do you think that creating it is too hard?

Maybe both?

iPhones didn’t build themselves. Steve Jobs and his team worked hard to produce and market the revolutionary mobile phone.

Turning your idea into money will take work too, but it is something that you CAN do. So let’s get working!

Here is a short, step-by-step process which you can follow to turn your ideas into money!

Light Bulb Idea

The “Brain Dump”

Take out a pad of paper and start dumping everything about the product or your idea onto the page – no matter how “off the wall” they might seem.

Don’t worry about keeping it fancy or organized right now, just get it on paper where you can look at it.

Use as much time and as much paper as you need. As you perform this step the product will start to grow as new features or benefits you could provide start springing into your mind.

Don’t feel shy about letting the scope of your product grow – whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Outlining or Prototyping

Is your product a book or other type of info product?

Now is the time to make a broad outline of the material.

For instance you could just write out possible chapter names, then arrange those chapter names into a logical order, then write down a few sentences under each name about what that chapter will cover.

We aren’t worried about details yet so don’t get too worried if your book looks a little thin.

If you are creating a new service, imagine yourself as a customer of that service.

Then write down how you see yourself utilizing your service.

Imagine the difficulties your customers might encounter and how you can shape your service to avoid those difficulties.

Gathering Resources

Now is the time for research.

Gather all the source material you can find. Examine products or services that are similar to yours and look for ways to improve upon them.

Here is where you will determine how to make your product unique so that it will stand out from your competitors.

Reality Check

Now that you have a good idea of what your product is or does and how it compares to others on the market it’s time to decide whether to go ahead with it or not.

If you feel that you can bring something new and unique to the world, then go for it and don’t look back.

If you have to spend a lot of time trying to convince yourself that your idea is a good one, then go back to step one and look for a way to make your product stand out.

But don’t think about it and fret over it too much being perfect – don’t get trapped by “analysis paralysis”. Remember good enough is good enough.

There will always be room for improvement.

Why do you think WordPress make a new version of their software every week or so?

Making it Real

Get to work. It’s that simple.By now you should know what you have to do.Money

Stay focused, set realistic goals, and don’t give up.

Do something every day toward making your finished product, even if it’s only a few minutes, do SOMETHING.

The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Before you know it, you’ll be making very good progress and your idea will become a reality.

Tell the World

You’ve created a new product or service that helps people and you feel good about it.

Don’t stick it in a closet, go out and shout from the rooftops.

Create a web page, share it with your Facebook friends, add it to your forum and email signatures, spread the word anyway you can.

There are a million ways to promote a new product, it really only depends on your budget and (or) creativity.

Some common ways to promote an online product or service is with an affiliate program, viral marketing. If your product is good, it won’t take much for affiliates and happy customers to spread the word.

Conclusion

Yes I know this is a very simplified version, but overall that’s what it takes to turn your ideas into money makers.

It’s the same basic plan that’s been used by everyone who has ever created something new and different.

Stuart StirlingStu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Did I make it TOO simple? Are there steps that you feel should have been included? How do you go about turning your ideas into money? Let me know in the comments.

5 Steps to Overcoming Information Overload

Have you been trying to get started in Internet Marketing but have been overwhelmed by all the confusing terms, seemingly conflicting advice, and endless offers claiming to have the “big secret”?

You are not alone.

Information OverloadInformation Overload, sometimes also referred to as “analysis paralysis” is an invisible but very real barrier that new IM’ers run into.

Many of them, I would dare say most of them, never make it past that barrier and give up on their dreams of owning their own business.

Yes, getting started in IM can be a daunting task, but it’s not nearly as hard as you may think it is.

Today I am going to talk about how you can get past the Information Overload barrier and start on your path to making money and fulfilling your dreams.

1. Focus on Doing What You Love

You may not realize this, but “Internet Marketing” doesn’t refer to just one thing.

People selling products, creating products, reviewing products, writing articles, promoting CPA offers, building backlinks and many other jobs are all taking part in the big dance known as “Internet Marketing”.

No one person can do it all.

All of those “gurus” have found a few things that they do well and that’s all they do. Everything else they outsource.

This is what you need to do too. Otherwise, you’ll be “a jack of all trades and master of none”, as my friend likes to say.

Figure out what you enjoy doing and what you maybe considered an expert at.

Maybe it’s writing or maybe it’s designing websites, or product creation.

No matter what it is, that’s all you need to worry about for now. Direct all your focus on that one thing.

Forget about everything else like promoting CPA offers, creating Facebook fan pages, and trying to create and market Mobile Apps.

I’m not saying that those are a waste of time. They are great business and marketing models, but if you try too much at once, you can really spread your self thin and it will be hard to get any solid results.

2. Set Realistic Goals

If you’ve been online for more than a minute you’ve seen the ads promising to show you how to make $20,000 a week with no knowledge and no effort. Your common sense alarms were hopefully screaming at you when you read those claims. Listen to those alarms.

Set a realistic goal. Maybe it’s earning your first $100 or making your first sale or landing your first client.

Set a small, realistic goal that you can hit and work toward that at first.

Put aside the dreams of a Malibu beach home and a fancy car for now, there will be plenty of time to work on those goals once you have your feet wet.

A big goal is really just a lot of accomplished smaller goals.

3. Put Out More Than You Take In

It’s a simple fact that if you spend more time reading how to do something than actually doing it you will never get anywhere.

It’s time to stop browsing the forums and blogs for hours on end and sit down and start working on your business and so you can achieve your dreams.

Every success will motivate you far more than any forum posting and every failure will teach you much more than any other lesson.

Every hour you spend reading is an hour you could have been involved in profit producing activities instead.

But that’s not to say you must stop learning. Learning is vital because as you know, the internet and marketing methods are changing. You still need to keep up with trends, but don’t spend all your time on them.

What it really comes down to is you need a balance between input and output.

A good rule to go by is 10-90. That is 10% of your time is spent on learning, and 90% is on doing real work.

4. When It’s Time to Work: WORK!

You need to setup a place where you can go and work without distraction.

It might be your office, a corner of the bedroom, or your back deck but you need to find a place where you can go and focus and put in some solid hours of work.

You need to eliminate ALL distractions and this includes the Internet! Forget about the Warrior Forum or other social places, the videos of funny cats etc for a few hours and WORK.

After you’ve worked, you can reward yourself with a break of relax time to do anything you want.

Again, set up a rule to split up your work time and your goof off time. I like to work 50 minutes in an hour and take 10 minutes break. Find out a good pattern for you and stick to it. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done.

5. Do One Thing at a Time and Do it Well

Many IM newbies are like crickets. They are always hopping from one thing to another.

One day they are trying to design websites and the next day they are trying to get into a CPA network. They see a post talking about how some guy made $800 in a day and so they want to go and try to mimic that success.

They don’t realize that the guy who made that money was either already an expert at what he was doing or got darn lucky. So they jump from one project to the next hoping to find a shortcut to success.

Believe it or not, making money on the Internet is not complicated.. any very rarely are there any shortcuts to success.

If you find something that you enjoy, do it often and do it well you WILL make money.

You might not make “$20,000 a week on autopilot” but you will be making a lot more than you would by browsing forums and jumping from the one to the other ‘next best way to make money’ if you simply stick with one thing!

Consistency and being in a mindset to continually want to improve in that one field is the key.

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Please take a minute to tell me about how you overcame (or are working on overcoming) your information overload.

Tell me what problem you overcame or need to overcome in the comments section and let’s see if we can get past them together.

How To Organize Your Business On Your PC

If you’re like me when I first started online, you are downloading every ebook, software, course and report you can get your hands on – and your computer is looking like the aftermath of Chernobyl.

Being organized is a very important part of your business. The better organized you are, the easier it is to get things done – at least for me it is.

So watch this video to see how I organize my folders and files on my PC for a more streamlined business.

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Here’s the mind map in PDF format to download if you want to take a closer look.

Hope it helps you as much as it helps me.

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. If you like this, I’d love if you left your comment below.

And don’t forget to share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. They will love you for it!

7 Tips For Staying Creative

Ever feel like your creativity has gone out the window and wondering when/if it will ever come back again?

For entrepreneurs, it’s necessary to keep creativity levels high. As we are all one-man shows for the most part, we have to think and make the executive decisions on what product to create next or how to promote this affiliate offer etc, all by ourselves – or at least it feels that way most of the time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could give yourself an instant boosts of creativity just like pressing the nitro button in a video game? Well, there is no switch for creativity button, but I’d like to share a few tips for keeping your creativity levels high.

Optimize Your Work Place

If you work from home on your internet business, your work space is probably in the corner of the living room with the TV in the other corner and your wife around the corner bugging you to take out the trash. It’s hard to get creative and just plain get work done in a room with distractions. Another idea could be to put up a poster with inspirational quotes.

Borrow Ideas

When you run out of ideas, just go and do some undercover spying to see what others are doing and borrow their ideas. For example when you can’t think of a good topic for your next blog post, go take a look at what your favorite blogger is writing about and some ideas will come to you. Don’t copy, just borrow ideas.

Mix Things Up

Monotony is the biggest killer of creativity. When we do the same thing over and over everyday, we get too lazy to think of new things. Do something random! Play some music really loud and jump up and down on your bed. Make a prank call to your local pizza shop! Go outside and so some somersaults in the yard. It doesn’t have to be so outrageous, but do something out of the norm to keep things interesting.

Join A Mastermind Group

I mentioned earlier in the post that as entrepreneurs, it seems like we have to do everything ourselves – but if we do, it’s easy to burnout – and that includes thinking up ideas. Talking with and bouncing around ideas with other like-minded marketers is a great way to come up with new ideas and keep the fire going. There are many times after a good chat session when I have felt really pumped with mind-energy to go out and press forward in my business.

Listen Or Read Inspirational Material

Similar to chatting with mentors or peers in a mastermind, listening to or reading good inspirational material is a great way to boost your inspiration. Hearing success stories from others in your field is a great confidence booster. Some of my favorite speakers are Zig Ziglar, Gary Halbert and Robert Kiyosaki.

Take a Break

Have you ever heard about the guy that got his million dollar idea on the toilet seat? I don’t doubt it! Like I mentioned about mixing it up, taking a break let’s your mind relax and makes space for new thoughts to enter. I myself have had several “strokes of genius” when I’ve been away from the PC. When you’re searching for inspiration, how about go for a walk or listen to some music?

Keep Up The Momentum

This is key! When you’re on a roll with coming up with new ideas and getting a lot of work done, it’s easy to keep it going. Keep going – and actually, as you keep going, new ideas will present themselves as you work more. Take note of any new ideas on a notepad next to you as you work on one thing. Finish what you’re doing and come back to your list of ideas. You can use this list when you think you have run out of ideas again.

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

p.s. What do you do to stay creative?

4 Steps To Better To-Do Lists

A successful business is an organized business. As you know, working from home as an entrepreneur, there is a lot to organize and do everyday to run and grow our businesses successfully.

But despite all the things you have to do, you probably have days where at the end of it, you think to yourself….“I got jack squat work done today!”

Sometimes there are just so many things to do that we run around like we’re on fire and don’t get any productive work done.

We’re all over the shop, doing little bits over here and little bits over there but never getting any real solid work done.

That’s where a “To-Do” list becomes a life (and time) saver.

A “To-Do” list gives us direction and helps us focus on the most important tasks of the day.

Have you ever used a “To-do” list? If not, why not?

If you are, then you’ll know how this simple little system can have big payoffs.

Here are my tips for using “To-Do” lists in for my home internet business.

Step 1. All you need to make the most basic to-do list is a scrap piece of paper and a pen.

But you probably won’t want scrap paper littering your desk. Instead, invest in a whiteboard you hang on your wall or a weekly planner you keep on your desk, like me.

Some people might use software or have a “to-do” list file on their computer, but I find that a real thing I can look at anytime is much better.

Step 2. Then you write down all the things you want or need to do.

They can be things you need to do today, tomorrow or this week. Write them down in any order for now.

When you can see all the things to do in front of you, you can free up space in your head. it might sound silly, but that’s how I feel.

I can see what I have to do at a glance so I don’t have to think about it constantly. I know which tasks are most important too, but sometimes I will circle or highlight ones that are a high priority.

Step 3. Then, keep it nearby. Don’t forget about it. When you get distracted, look at the list.

You might not want to do some of the tasks. If they seem too daunting, break them down into smaller tasks.

When you think of a new task to do, write it on the list.

Step 4. When you complete a task, put a line through it.

This is when you feel a little warm feeling of accomplishment and a little less weight off your shoulders.

When you have your work set out in front of you, and not all jumbled in your head, it makes getting work done a heck of a lot easier.

If you’re not already using a To-Do list, try it and see how much more productive you can be with your time.

Stu Sensei