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The Number One Reason People Don’t Have Time to Accomplish What They Want

The Number One Reason People Don’t Have Time to Accomplish What They Want

A frequent question I get is, “how do you have time to do all that?” which I’m quite sure is often accompanied with thoughts of “he must be a work-a-holic”. The obvious implication is: there’s no way someone can accomplish alot, and still have a life. WRONG! Wrong, wrong, wrong….. wrong, wrong. Let me tell you the primary reason I seem to do a lot more than typical: I have cut out much of the typical “time wasters” that are common today.  I have my lazy days, that’s for sure. Once in a while I feel really tired and just hit the proverbial wall.   Occasionally I get a butt-kickin’ headache that ruins an entire day. Once in a great while, I get a case of the procrastinate-itis. For the most part though, I don’t waste time.  I have something to read and study at almost every point of my day. While driving, my wife and I often discuss ideas, or I’m making recorded notes into my iPhone. Often, even if I’m watching TV (a rare occasion), I’m still reading or working on something. (You’ll find TV has less and less appeal when you fill your time with things that really matter) Do You Work All the Time and Cut Out Fun? “That’s all you do is work then!” Nope. When I spend time with my wife or kids, I don’t work: I spend time with them. We don’t lull away the hours in front of the one-eyed-brain-killer (that’s the TV for those of you who have spent to much time in front of it).  My wife and I go on dates, and prefer bookstores and coffee to movies. I play tennis, ride bikes and make time for serving others all of which is time well spent, not wasted. Let me clarify one thing before we go on: I’m not talking about this kind of hyper-super-productivity where you try to squeeze every ounce of effort from every minute of every. You should maximize productivity during the time you choose for work but primarily this post is about cutting out or cutting back on those habitual things that really are a long term waste of your life-time. When I hear someone say “I just don’t have time to… [choose one: start a business, write a blog, read my Bible, spend time with my family, help others…]”, a little further investigation reveals the same thing 99.9% of the time: if you look at their schedule, you’ll find they actually have plenty of wasted time then claim “not enough time” for their un-achieved goals. Passive Electronic Stimulation The major culprit today is PES (Passive Electronic Stimulation).  I’m not sure PES...

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Reader Question: How Do You Create e-Books? Can You Make Money Selling Them?

Reader Question: How Do You Create e-Books? Can You Make Money Selling Them?

You’ll find a lot of marketing scam, junk programs and gimmicks out there promising quick riches from the creation of e-Books. Can you really make money from them? Can you write them yourself? How do you price them?  Here are the specific questions I received from a reader: I have been thinking about writing an e-Book. Is it a good idea? I have no idea.  It depends on your content. There is no “magic” about e-Books anymore. They are mainstream and exist by the gagillions.  Great content doesn’t even guarantee your e-Book will be a “good idea” in the sense of sales. For an e-Book to be a good idea you have to have these elements: great content, a receptive audience, a price that your audience instantly recognizes as worth the investment, and a marketing effort appropriate to your sales/income vision. A note on price: if you hit on the right idea and the right audience, it is possible to charge for an e-Book and make a killing. I have friend who has made almost a half million dollars in the last 5 years on a 24 page e-Book that deals with a personal health issue. He hit the right topic, at the right time, to the right audience.  Yes, no kidding, a half mil. That’s about five digits more than I’ve ever made from an e-Book, even with my size audience.  I’ve had some success with e-Books but not even  remotely close to that “grand slam” my buddy knocked out of the park, over the parking lot, across the street and into someone’s back yard. More on price… there is one price now that is going to be the choice for most given where the market has evolved in the last decade: FREE.  Thank you Google. In a nutshell, the new price model of choice is “free”, using it to: grow an audience, instill loyalty with continued high quality content and then move to a phase of tasteful monetization (which can come in several forms; that’s a topic for another blog post). Should “free” discourage one from writing e-Books? Only if you are after “get rich quick” or afraid of hard work and time. Otherwise, e-Books are fantastic way to market your knowledge, reach a large audience and build your brand.  Like any business, done right, those things can end up over time converting to real income. There are benefits of e-Books over printed books or blogs: they can grow “virally” via email, distributing exponentially to any one with an inbox; they can be taken offline by saving the file on a local computer; they can be printed for hardcopy reading.  e-Books provide...

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There’s Really Only One Main Secret to a Great Blog – the Other Secrets are Secondary

There’s Really Only One Main Secret to a Great Blog – the Other Secrets are Secondary

The secret to a great blog? Content. Oh man… sorry. I know you were hoping for some nifty trick, an easy tip, a no-effort technique or some earth shattering revelation that would finally (and instantly) make you a great blogger. Haven’t you figured out those things DON’T EXIST? Content, content, content. I’ve said this a thousand times, and I’ll say ten thousand more. Why? Because this is the essence of a great blog and minus great content, you have NOTHING. You can link, you can comment, you can do advertising, you can spam, you can buy traffic… and all you will get is little temporary spikes in your blog activity but nothing LONG TERM and nothing LOYAL. This is a point I will hammer on routinely from every angle imaginable. It is the HARDEST part of blogging, and the reason why 98%+ of all blogs fail and wilt away. No amount of gimmicks, wishing or preparation (alot of people “prepare” endlessly but never “do”) can replace that number one, top priority, first in line, head of the class, king of the mountain, top of the pile SECRET to a successful blog: fresh, great, consistent CONTENT. And what is content? Writing. Throw in some photos and video but primarily writing for the overwhelming majority of blogs. Some people try to shortcut the effort by tossing up a lot of photos, but even then, if you don’t have some purpose, some vision, some captions, and some good photography, photos are only going to take you so far. Why is “content” a SECRET? It shouldn’t be. But given the amount of blogs that fail due to a lack of great content, it MUST be a secret. Content, content, content… if anything else about blogging distracts you from content, change it. Nothing is more important (and with recent Google search and ranking methods changing, content is now even MORE...

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The Best Format for Creating eBooks

I am asked frequently what is the best way to create documents for mass distribution, such as an eBook, a report, a lesson, etc. That’s easy… PDF. Portable Document Format (PDF) is the universal standard for sharing public documents. It is read by the free and easily installed Adobe Reader. http://get.adobe.com/reader/ There are many choices in software to create PDF’s. Adobes’s professional software is Adobe Acrobat, but it’s not cheap, and probably is way more than what you need. The easiest type of PDF creator, installs a “PDF printer” on your computer. In other words, you just go to “PRINT” your document inside of whatever software you are using to create the document, and you’ll see “PDF” as one of the choices. Very simple. A file is saved in PDF format and then that file can be read by anyone with a PDF reader. The great thing about a PDF, is that it perfectly preserves all your formatting, spacing, layout and design, no matter what software you used to create it. The person reading your PDF does not have to have the software or fonts you have on your computer. All the necessary information is saved in the PDF file. There are lots of choices for PDF creation software, from FREE, to online, to purchasable software. Here’s a quick list of choices, but not even close to everything available: www.docudesk.comwww.pdfforge.orgwww.primopdf.comwww.pdf995.comwww.dopdf.comwww.freepdfcreator.org9-PDF-Pro.com What’s your questions about PDFs? For living examples, check out any of the PDF downloads on my own books,...

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How To Create Scrolling Window for All the Widget Stuff

How To Create Scrolling Window for All the Widget Stuff

You know that endless amount of widget content in the sidebars of your blog? Ever wish you could having a scrolling windows to hold some of it, like those four dozen blog badges? Here’s a simple HTML marquee code that does that: <div align=”center”><marquee onmouseover=”this.stop()” direction=”up” width=”125px” onmouseout=”this.start()” scrollamount=”3″ loop=”true” height=”400px”>YOUR HTML HERE</marquee></div> Well that doesn’t help alot huh? Don’t know what to do next? Thought you would never ask. First of all, don’t try to copy that code above. It’s specially coded to APPEAR like HTML. Why? Because if it was REAL HTML code, then your browser would try to make that code happen. Down below, I give you a place to copy the real code. Next, the important part of that code is “YOUR HTML HERE”. The rest of the code creates a “marquee container” that holds whatever HTML or content you put into it. I cannot cover all the possible ways this could be used. I’ll give you an example of putting in a list of Blog Badges. However, you can put any type of content into it, so just experiment. If you mess something up, or can’t get it to work, you can always remove it. To begin, go to your Layout In Blogger (I’ll describe this for Blogger, but you can use similar tools in WordPress or other blog platforms). In a sidebar, choose “Add a Gadget”. Then choose “HTML/Javascript”. Paste in the Marquee Code (provided at the end of this blog post). Now you are ready to start adding your own content. Replace on the spot that says “YOUR HTML HERE”. So, if I wanted to add four blog badges, I would paste this HTML code and replace “YOUR HTML HERE”: <a href=”http://adoptbellagrace.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ alt=”” src=”http://www.brentriggs.com/blogbadges/loveshack.jpg”/></a> <a href=”http://ferrickfamilypromise.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”> <img border=”0″ src=”http://www.brentriggs.com/blogbadges/bella.jpg”/> </a> <a href=”http://4littlemen.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ alt=”” src=”http://www.brentriggs.com/blogbadges/britt.jpg”/></a> <a href=”http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/ ” target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ src=”http://www.brentriggs.com/blogbadges/harper.jpg”/></a> I colored each instance of badge code alternating colors so you can see all that it is just the same thing over and over with different link/image addresses. The changing attribute of the HTML image tag (“img”) is “src” (where is image you want to show?). The “img” tag is then surrounded by an “a” tag which is how you link the image to an address (the “href” attribute). So you have this basic HTML to create a linked image: <a><img /></a> The “img” tag gets the image to show, and the “a” tag links the image. The attributes inside each tag control the tag (ie, “src”, “href”) Putting that code into the Marquee code (replacing “YOUR HTML HERE”) produces the scrolling badges you see up at the top of this post....

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