Definiteness of Purpose

Hidden Knowledge

Back when I listened to a fellow going on about how the ‘elite’ not only think differently than the rest of us but also had access to different books than the rest of us, it seemed as if a light went off in my mind. Suddenly, I could see a centuries old trail of hidden knowledge concerning living a successful life unfolding before my eyes were I able to get to the correct libraries.

I don’t know why it was such a revelation. We know that some of the prophets of old wrote down many things and, for whatever reason, we no longer have those writings. Some have been recovered; still others are still around but the supposed authorities claim they are not ‘approved.’

That was the same CD on which I first heard about the unabridged version of Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich.’

The Law of Success In 16 Lessons

The deal was that ‘Think and Grow Rich’ was a watered down version of what was really conveyed to Napoleon Hill by Andrew Carnegie.

“Why was it watered down?” thunders the folks who paid extra for the show so they could sit in the Greek chorus section.

Well, I will tell you. The scuttlebutt is that Henry Ford did not like it, did not like it at all, that Andrew Carnegie was trying to educate the masses on what it took to be successful. It appears in this story that in Henry Ford’s mind people who were born to poverty may have very well been put there for a purpose just as he was apparently put in his place to be stinking nasty rich. My thinking at the time was maybe Henry Ford had his own version of Divine Right of King’s or billionaires running in the background of his brain.

Once I found out that ‘Think and Grow Rich’ had an unabridged version I was just as mad as three monkeys on methamphetamine to get it. So, I went hunting and found it. As you can guess from the section heading for this the title turned out to be ‘The Law of Success In 16 Lessons.’

As I worked my way through the course material, the veracity of the story about Henry Ford was called into question simply because Napoleon Hill credited him with so much in contributing to this work. The CD version gave the impression that it was dictated to Napoleon Hill by Andrew Carnegie but the course itself makes it clear some 40+ men contributed much over the 20+ years it took to finish the work.

First Principles

First principles is a concept that relates to starting over when what you have been doing is not working. ‘This is a football’ is also a way of starting with first principles every time you start something, an approach that history says works.

I am starting with first principles and that means Definiteness of Purpose is on the menu today.

Definiteness of Purpose

Do you have a definite purpose?

I do.

My definite purpose is to be free from a job and to free 1,000 other folks from a job. This means I have to become the leader capable of helping 1,000 individuals through the process of becoming the caliber of folks who create their own wealth and subsistence from whole cloth. That is a tall order but I feel it possible because I am certain that there are more than a few folks who get tired of getting up every day and going to work to make someone else’s dreams come true.

My Awakening

I was sitting at work one day, long ago and far away as the story goes, when I say bolt upright in my chair. I realized in my goings and comings between planes, trains and automobiles that my job boiled down to two essential, pitiful duties.

My job was to solve small problems for folks like me who worked all day while I waited for overpaid to schedule meetings in which they create truly large problems for me to solve so they could take the credit and probably a larger paycheck.

Now, I don’t mind solving problems. I am good at it. What I did object to was the creation of problems for me to solve so someone else could justify their paychecks. It just seemed to never fail to leave one feeling inordinately chafed in the sensitive areas. When the novelty of this epiphany wore off, the thrill was gone with that job, too. My definiteness of purpose became a bright, glaring, white hot purple searchlight that regularly burned away the unimportant. Helping 1,000 folks reach self-employment would not only make my life better, it would

    1. Make 1,000 folks’ lives better
    2. Make the world a better place because 1,000 folks could now participate in the process of making it better instead of trapped in the day jail of a corporatism prison.
    3. Out of that 1,000 folks, many will need to hire employees, generating jobs

As I thought about my individual goals, I realized that it was an honorable goal because while I would benefit, the world would benefit even more with 1,001 more folks able to act. So, what’s your purpose? Here is a short summary and yes, I am quoting the book:

Definiteness of Purpose

Definiteness of Purpose
is the starting point of all achievement.

Don’t be like a ship at sea without a rudder,
powerless and directionless.
Decide what you want, find out how to get it,
and then take daily action toward achieving your goal.
You will get exactly and only
what you ask and work for.
Make up your mind today what it is you want and then
start today to go after it! Do it now!

<i>Successful people move on their own initiative,
but they know where they are going before they start.</I>

-Napoleon Hill

If you want your own copy of The Law Of Success In 16 Lessons, click here.

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Tim Singleton

Blogging for Beginners

Blogging:  Monday Morning Angst

It is Monday morning, and you are again at work. You continue plodding through the day carrying out the duties needed to help another achieve their goals and dreams wondering whether you will ever achieve your own.

You spent every morning last week blogging, then going back and performing as much SEO as you could depending on how much you know about SEO.

Post after post, and there remain no comments, no clicks on your links, no commissions.

It is not your fault. I intend to help you with this in this article.

Blog Tips

First of all, do you know how to construct a good article? Have you ever took the time to invest in training on blogging? Unfortunately, there is a school of thought teaching people that all they have to do to succeed is to blog, blog, blog with no regard for quality of content. As if somehow overloading the Internet with shock and awe in terms of posting will somehow magically make you rich and make Google send people to you. Nothing could be further from the truth. Constructing a good blog post does take some thought. Treating your blog as a Facebook timeline where you post about your cat will be just about as profitable.

2 Suggestions

I am going to suggest you do two things. First, invest time and money into actually learning the craft of blogging. Writing novels is a craft, as is writing short stories. Blogging is no different. The Internet is a vast sea of shouting voices. Do not think you will rise to the top by accident.

Second, learn what it is to syndicate your content. When you write a blog post to your WordPress blog there are plug ins and widgets that will automatically post it to your Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

On Writing

Read about writing. Tell stories that apply to you. Share experiences that have helped you learn about things relative to what you are trying to do. Do not post things that are not related to your business. If you wish to do that, go to Live Journal and post. It is an excellent free blogging platform and has a significant readership. When I cannot help myself and need to rant about some injustice in the world, of which there is no shortage on either side, I go to LiveJournal and let lose. When I want to post for profit and earn a paycheck, I post to my WordPress blog and syndicate it.

A Writing Resource

On the issue of learning about how to properly post an excellent resource is Ezine@rticles. I strongly suggest you go there, sign up for all the excellent instruction emails that they will send you every so often. They will cover how to properly create a title that does not lie or overpromise. They will also teach you how to properly format a title.

Now, you will read articles on various forums naysaying it. Ignore them. My mentors in this business, men and women with stable five and six and even some closing in on seven figure monthly incomes, encourage this strategy.

You really cannot run your business terrified you will piss Google off. I am not saying you should return to the lazy days of keyowrd stuffing, but I am saying you should spend more time practicing good content creation and less time making sure to tippy toe around Panda. If you do, you will fail just the same.

Stay tuned for more instruction on how to successfully blog.

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TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
205-337-6618

Check this out. Multiple six and seven figure income earners tell what they would do to make $5K in 30 Days if the had to start with no list, no JVs, from scratch.

New Network Marketing Potential

I say ‘New Network Marketing Potential’ because that is what you are, a new potential. Potential what, exactly, remains to be seen.

Selecting a New Network Marketing Opportunity

New or experienced, success is yours only if your pick the company whose products and services are the right ones for you to use and to market.

I say use and market because if you are not willing to use a companies products and services you should not market them. I know this may come as a surprise to many but it just seems to me that there needs to be considerations other than just money.

Being the hardcore capitalist I am, that galls me to say, mostly because of the way the Progressive dogs loose in our society will take it. Should I be more diplomatic in my words? I suppose so, but less and less do I care about my diplomacy and more about telling the frank truth.

Lots of companies come and go, streaking across the marketplace like a comet, only to peter out, leaving a trail of unfulfilled promises. Generally, if a company lasts a solid two or three years with never a commission check payment missed it will make it.

Due Diligence In Choosing A Company

You have several resources to check on a company’s reliability. Many will simply bounce around the Internet reading various blogs devoted to one side or the other of the issue of whether a particular company represents a true opportunity.

I would recommend you also take the time to check with the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce in the company’s native city. You may find nothing, but it never hurts to check and you may find some interesting details.

The more pressing issue is to see to what degree the company emphasizes customers equally or to a greater extent than it focuses on adding distributors. If acquiring customers appears to be an afterthought, you need to stay away. It is my opinion that sooner or later its distributors will leave. It is also my opinion that it is a near certainty that regulators will sooner or later shut her down if she does not fail on her own.

Companies In This Field Come and Go

It is incredible, but I have read in more than one place that dozens of new networking companies start up every week or two.

I suggest you turn aside from the false promise of getting in at ‘the top.’ You need a company that has weathered the storm of the birthing pains. If the opportunity was good for the original founders, then it will be as good an opportunity for you. If this were not true to your satisfaction

Making a list of good potentials is one place to start. You can go here and see a review of more than 20 top rated companies.

Spend some time in the forums such as warrior.com and betternetworker.com. There is a small fee for some services, but browsing and hanging out in their forums is time well spent. Just remember that a lot of their members are peddling things, too, and sometimes their comments are not entirely without self-interest.

Take you time here; get your feet wet. Don’t accept the answers you get without a grain of salt. Some of the members spend more time complaining about companies with which they have failed than they spend trying to actually improve their craft. Their posts are lots of bluster, overstated pseudo-facts, and a whole lot of ‘I failed with that company because of blah, blah, blah, or more accurately, “wah, wah, wah” the mean old market would not let me succeed.

Ask questions and think about the answers. Take your time and your mind will let the truth rise to the top.

New to Networking? Keep an Eye out for These Problems

Most networking or MLM companies have a business plan that recognizes that more than 99% will fail in this business. I cannot address why they continue to live with this in this limited space, but there it is. If you plan to succeed, you are going to have to go outside for resources.

You’ll need training. Square up with this concept and chew on it until you understand the truth of it. Going to a weekly rah rah meeting where your upline Diamond or whatever your company calls them spends three hours telling you how spiffy it is to be him is not my idea of training. None of that has anything to do with what you need to do.

You are going to need some actions to take, some daily routines in which to engage and some insight as to how to guage your progress.

Summary

Let’s sum it up. This will be your to do list before you do anything else.

  1. Decide what kind of lead generation system you are going to use
  2. Decide where you are going to do for your education on marketing
  3. Decide which company’s products and services you are going to use and represent

As for lead generation, I am going to suggest you check out MLSP’s Mastery program. It covers all the channels used to market on the Internet today including social media. You can go here and watch several free movies and get a chance to check out the extensive educational resources it offers, resources that have been proven to work.

For me, my education system is one and the same. As you can see from the screen below, the training is quite extensive.

Not even a complete list...
Not even a complete list…

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TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
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Affiliate Marketing Business

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

Tim and MJ

The number of companies with whom you can begin and affiliate business is a pretty large number. I am personally involved with a number of them and they are all profitable if you promote them correctly. They range from the household names like Amazon and Walmart all the way down to your local flower shop who might offer a rebate or discount on future purchases for referring folks to them.

You need to structure your business such that you can profit from them all over time.

Amazon Affiliate Marketing

To go ahead and address it up front, Amazon affiliate marketing is one of the oldest out there. They have had their growing pains over the years such as when certain states wanted to impose sales taxes on purchases made from their states.

I don’t know the status of that conflict even at this late date mainly because Amazon only pays a 4% affiliate commission on sales. Still, if you like that kind of thing you can reach Amazon’s affiliate link by simply going to Amazon.com and looking for the affiliate link. It is quite prominent and a number of folks do make a good living, especially with some recent changes and aggressive marketing.

I continue to be a member of Amazon’s affiliates simply because I read, a lot, and every little bit helps. Besides, as you will see later on in this piece, once you create a piece of content and promote it, it is a 24/7 365 days a year source of income.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

It is fairly simply in concept, although the successful execution does have some amount of artistry to it:

    • Decide what  and what kind of affiliate programs you want to join.
    • Decide how you are going to promote that program.
    • Create content that is relevant to that method or channel.
    • Drive traffic to that content, which is to say promote that content.

Decide What Affiliate Programs You Want To Join

In order to decide what Internet affiliate marketing program you want to join, you have to know what your goals are. Making money is so nebulous that I am afraid it will not motivate you to get up and walk away from the TV after you get home from a long day at work.

You need specific goals to motivate you.

For instance, if you just want to make a couple of extra bucks now and again, you really don’t have to spend a lot of prep time. If you want a serious going concern that will cover your car payment this month, your car payment and utilities next month, and these plus your rent or mortgage in 3 to 6 months, you are going to need to invest a little more thinking and planning.

I want to strongly encourage you to consider regularly promoting subscription affiliate products, too. Why?

Subscription affiliate products pay you every month. In addition to getting paid for what you produced this month, you will get paid… again… for what you produced last month.

I hope this is starting to set some bells off in your head because if you get with and promote the correct, high quality subscription affiliate product or service you can be looking at a lifestyle change. This is not a guarantee, of course, but a hope that can have the odds of its successful achievement greatly enhanced by hard work.

Decide How You Are Going to Promote

There are a ton of ways to market your affiliate link. They include:

      1. Blogging about the services and products on your blog
      2. Talking about it on other blogs or including it in your signature when you post on other blogs
      3. Creating unique articles for posting on the article directories
      4. Making videos about what you are promoting

…and this is just the tip of the iceberg on ways to promote your content.

Create Content Relevant to the Channel

Blog posts, especially those you post on your own blog, have a lot more leeway in the content you create and post. For instance, what you post on your own blog is really only subject to approval by you while that which you post on Ezine@articles has an entirely different set of rules. Don’t get frustrated when they refuse what you wanted to post, just go edit it and follow their rules and you will get posted.

Likewise, you don’t create a blog post and post it to YouTube. You create a video of yourself discussing or instructing on the benefits of visiting your link. (Although that line is getting blurred by software that will create a video from your blog text and read it to your viewers like the lead in to the original Star Wars movies.)

Drive Traffic to that Content

Remember, the goal of articles and videos is to get people to view your original content on the products and services which you are promoting. Many, if not most, article services do not allow you to post links directly to your affiliate link. Some will let you slip by, but it is just frustrating your efforts when you have to edit an article so that it gets posted. Even in the affiliate marketing business time is money.

For an exceptionally effective primer on starting an affiliate marketing business and reaching profitability within 30 days, go here and watch this free instructional video.

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TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
205-337-6618