Online Income Blueprints Vol. 1 – Got Your Copy?

Here’s what James B. Allen’s new book “Online Income Blueprints” looks like…

James was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of his first published physical ebook which is available for sale on Amazon in paperback or for Kindle.

Online Income Blueprints Vol.1 contains interviews with 14 marketers who reveal their secrets for internet success.

I am privileged to have been asked to contribute to his book and my success story is featured second out of the 14.

I would love to be take this down the local Starbucks and devour the other stories over a grande Columbian blend but seeing as the closest Starbucks is 30 minutes away, I’ll settle for a home-brewed House blend in my cosy little home office.

After skimming the first few chapters, I’ve noticed that there is a great diversity of online business models that are explored. And the best thing is that these are real stories from real people who are living the internet dream.

If you want to live the internet dream too, this is a great little book to give you some ideas to get started with your own online business.

Check it out on Amazon (affiliate link)

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Congrats to James for releasing this on the market! I bet it feels awesome to hold a real book that you published in your hands.

p.p.s. I wonder if the ‘Starbucks color scheme’ on the book is a coincidence… or just maybe one too many ‘work sessions’ at your local store ingrained the colors into your mind?

Happy 2011! What’s Your New Years Resolution?

I can’t believe almost a whole week has passed already in the new year! I’ve had my hands full for the last few weeks – literally so time online was limited.

2010 was an insanely HUGE year for me.

I was blessed with the birth of my first son Chino in July and in December, we purchased a house in the mountains here in Japan so we can settle with our new family of 3 (but we’re nowhere near settling yet – too much to do!).

Those were the 2 biggest events of last year. There were many other significant dates I’d love to tell you about but I don’t want to take too much of your time. 2010 was amazing and will be hard to beat, for myself and family.

No matter how much was wish we could stop time and enjoy the moments, we can’t.

We’re now in 2011 and it’s time to dust off and re-focus our game plan for our business life and personal life.

I could write a whole page telling you more about me and what I’m going to do in 2011, but I think you’d be more interested in talking about you!

What are your plans to make 2011 your best year yet!?

I’d love to hear what you want to achieve so please write your goals and ambitions below in the comment section.

You can be as specific or general as you like.

If it’s a secret that you’d like to keep to yourself, that’s ok too.

Maybe you haven’t thought about it yet. If so NOW, is the time to start thinking and make some goals.

Remember too that goals can change along the way. The most important thing is to have at least some kind of vision or direction.

What ever it is, I’d love to hear about it!

To your success,

Stuart “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Check back in a few of days to see what others have written. I’ll follow up with a brief post about a few of my goals and my direction for 2011.

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.

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?

Where 99% Of Online Marketers Go Wrong

I have to say that I was guilty of making this mistake, particularly when I was just starting out starting up my internet business. But I feel that many others are making it too.

The common mistake is to be solely focused on “making money”….or making a “quick buck”.

Of course, almost all of us, myself included, like money. We need money. We work for money to bring in the moolah that will let us live the life we want, or simply just pay the bills to get by every month.

However, many people’s mindsets suffer from a misconception when it comes to making money “online”.

They think for some reason, (probably all the hyped up videos and sales letters) that making money online is as easy as clicking a few buttons, writing an ad and voila – you’re a millionaire overnight!

So people go around with the mentality that they can sell anything and it will be an instant success, turning them into internet marketing rock-star millionaires like the ones they see on the websites…

Well, sadly, if you haven’t had a taste of what actually happens online, then you probably are yet to find out that all that is total garbage.

So what is the right mentality to have?

Plainly put, “making money” should not be your first objective. Of course, we want money, but seeking only money, rarely results in it coming into our hands.

What I had to re-shape in my mindset was that before thinking…“what can I do to make money?”

….I first try to think “what can I do to help people get what they want?”

When you ask the latter question, the getting money part seems to work itself out without much effort at all. It’s easy to ask a decent price for a great service or product that fulfills thewants/needs or solves a problem of your customer’s.

After all, money does NOT grow on trees. You can’t make it from thin air.

Earning income is the process of customers trusting you enough to invest in your product or service.

And if you can show them how much your doobie-whacker can really help them, that’s when the cash really starts flowing in. But by then, you’ll probably be more pleased that people are loving your product than by the dollars filling up your bank account.

This is a quote from Zig Ziglar that sums it all up:

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

Remember that. Practice it…and you’ll never go wrong when it comes to succeeding in business getting anything else you want out of life.

Regards,
Stuart “Sensei” Stirling

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