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 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

The Cure For Analysis Paralysis

I recently received an email from a customer of mine who was battling with this question…

“How do I overcome the doubts of self on that I will never know enough to get started in Internet marketing?”

I decided to publish my answer to this problem her on my blog for the world to see because I remember when I was in the very same position when I first got started online.

And I believe that just about everyone, at first, suffers from this self doubt that you don’t know enough.

Before I get started in my answer to this question, you may find some peace of mind knowing this fact: No-body knows everything about any one thing.

There a lot of experts in the world, but they still don’t know everything.. and I’,m 100% sure they didn’t know everything before they entered the subject of there expertise.

Moving along, here is an excerpt from my answer to this gentleman…

“You don’t have to know everything before you start. It’s a learning process.. and the best way to go is to learn as you do it.. and learn from your mistakes along the way.

Even if you don’t know much about the niche you’re in, you can easily learn about it.. and when you spend a few weeks submerged in that niche, you’ll know more than 95% of others in the the world… therefore making you an expert.

If it’s technical stuff and marketing techniques you struggle with, then like I said, you just have to do it and you’ll learn get started with the first step and when you come to a hurdle, look for the solution.. keep repeating until you finish what you have set out to do.

It seems like you may need some mindset adjustment.. and for that I recommend some self improvement literature and audio. It’s amazing how you can start to think that nothing is impossible.. you’ve just got to believe!

Just remember, success doesn’t happen overnight. It will slowly happen. But you’ve got to start to be able to start seeing it. “

With all new things, it’s getting started that is the hardest part. The first step is always a “leap of faith”.

This kind of case of is probably best known as “analysis paralysis” where you over-think something because there are too many options and just don’t know which way to go and end up going nowhere. It’s a very powerful problem.

But the cure to it really is not think about it so much. If you’ve got an idea, go for it. Get moving and make adjustments along the way.

You will run into occasions where your idea will ‘flop’. But there really never is such a thing as a ‘flop’. There are so many things you can learn from so called “mistakes”. So don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

The biggest mistake you can make is not moving.

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

p.s. What are your thoughts about overcoming analysis paralysis?

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!

 

 

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?