My internet marketing coach, John Thornhill, held a Webinar today. It was a first for me. Had to go to Walmart for headphone and microphone. Amazing what technology has become. Dozens of us sharing questions and comments. Do people still travel for meetings? I can’t imagine why.
Raising money for a cause is a very challenging task. Especially when an effort becomes “corporate” it is hard to maintain the passion necessary to keep up the good work.
I am a fan of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Their focus is funds for research of childhood cancer. Each St. Patrick’s Day thousands of supporters line up to have their heads shaved for the cause. The money raised and the awareness it brings is tremendous.
I’m a fan because of their ability to raise the bar each year. More participants. More publicity. More good being done. In the last 10 years more than $50 million has been raised and it’s bigger every year.
This 3 minute video (while a tear jerker) explains the importance of what is being done. Wait for the ending…Aiden is adorable.
Now that the holidays have passed, I realize that like most years I’ve let a good number of things slip.
It’s like this every year. From Thanksgiving till after New Year certain things just don’t get done at work and home. There is too much to do. Too many once a year opportunities. Too much fun to be had.
Then comes the first week of the new year and I bemoan the fact that so much has been left unattended.
How much better it would have been to have declared in mid-November that I was taking a Holiday Break from those tasks. Then I could have enjoyed the freedom my declaration created instead of regretting the void left by so many things undone.
So well in advance, I am announcing that next December I am taking a Holiday Break and regular activities will resume early in January. Already I feel better about all the things that will find themselves ignored.
As I’ve bounced around the web looking for information on blogging, I have been taken aback by the abundance of “experts.” For every question, there are 1000 experts ready to respond. Most of them fall into one of two categories.
Posers who hide behind fake credentials, bogus stats and a pretty blog or website that oftentimes contains out of date and useless info.
Profiteers who are adept at giving just enough info to get the masses to part with their money for the Holy Grail. Of course, the Holy Grail is made of tin and the purchaser is left feeling cheated.
My goal is to provide top quality info that leaves people feeling that they got far more than they paid for. A true win-win. Not to many role models to follow in that area. Fortunately my coach, John Thornhill, is one of them. I hope to shine even a fraction as much as he has.
I really thought I was prepared for this online adventure. I’ve had operations experience, marketing experience, even IT experience. I’ve been pretty successful in what I’ve done.
On one hand, none of that prepared me for what it will take to launch a successful internet info business. I hate to say I could just threw money at problems in the past, but it sure seems that simple now.
On the other hand, what I have learned over the years has taught me EVERYTHING I need to know.
All the contacts, tools and tricks are worthless. But I HAVE honed the one key skill. I am extremely coachable. I know when I don’t know and don’t mind admitting it.
I’ve spent the last week connecting with some of the best minds online. In the coming weeks I will be soaking up and applying all the best techniques from all the best mentors.
As I dig myself out of the avalanche of information, I’ll use this space to distill and share what I’ve learned.
I am one of those folks who struggle mightily with concentrating on the task at hand. One bit of advice that I am reminded of is the importance of having goals and a plan to meet them.
Have a Plan. It pays to plan what I am intending to do before I do it. I need to decide what I want to do with the next 10 minutes or hour or day. Without a goal, it is too easy for my mind to be bouncing around. Working with a purpose prevents all those nagging thoughts and time wasting activities from killing my productivity.
So next time I sit down, I’ll remember to define what I want to do and put my mind to it.