Friday, July 04, 2014

The Obstacle is the Way

Ryan Holiday's
The Obstacle is the Way
You will notice a big gap from when I last updated my thoughts...I have been stuck…

It seemed that each new action was being thwarted … I ordered new bank merchant facilities - still not available, extra bank accounts - charge cards went astray, new client “$”s promised but not arriving causing cashflow crisis, my ever faithful Cold Calling for Scaredy Cats seminars not selling, EDM mail senders not working, the alternate PayPal credit card machines taking at least 7 days to travel from Sydney to Perth and as I write, still not here, etc., The list is LONG!! 

And it seemed to me that these were all signs screaming at me to do something else.

But the mist is clearing. Ryan Holiday in his great book, “The Obstacle is the Way”, says the opposite.

And a dark fog seemed to lift when I read those thoughts. The gate to the future is now wide open.


There is always a countermove, always an escape or a way through, so there is no reason to get worked up. No one said it would be easy and, of course, the stakes are high, but the path is there for those ready to it.

The solution:

We know it is going to be tough, but we are ready. We are collected and serious and will not be frightened off. So we shake off the bad stuff as it happens and we soldier on – staring straight ahead as it nothing happened.

If we hold our nerve, nothing really does “happen” and perception makes obstacles nothing of consequence… just stepping stones to success.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

On rules and other things...

Google Slap
I watched Bill Gates being interviewed on Australian televisions Q & A Question: Why don't you pay more tax... don't you think it is unfair how little Microsoft and Apple pay?? Gates answer: We are under an obligation from our share holders to pay only what tax we are legally obliged to pay. They would not be happy if we paid more than we had to. If you want us to pay more tax, change the tax laws and we will be obliged to pay what we are legally obliged to pay. We play by the legal rules..."

Our obligation when we are involved in a game, like Empire Avenue on the net, is to play the game by the rules... we don't have to like the rules, just know them.

Think for content... Google is the biggest game in town. When they are unhappy with what we the players are doing, when we are "gaming the system" Matt Cutts get on YouTube and advises that the rules have been changed... they change the algorithm and off we go and learn the new rules...

Oh how I hate the Google slap but I want to play in their game so I learn the new rules...

To the admins of any net game, all the best guys, just don't kill the game with too many rule changes.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Easiest way to swim, play tennis and ride a bike.

He is my brother
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.
The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, 'Son, how old are you?'

'Eight', the boy replied.

The man continued, 'Do you know what these are used for?'

The boy replied, 'Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four."

"Oh, really?" the pharmacist replied with a grin.

"Yes." the boy said. "We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do none of those things."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

8 Reasons Why Twitter Power Users are Influential

So why are Twitter power users so influential online.
  1. 72 percent publish blog posts at least monthly
  2. 70 percent comment on blogs
  3. 61 percent write at least one product review monthly
  4. 61 percent comment on news sites
  5. Daily Twitter users are 6 times more likely to publish articles
  6. Five times more likely to post blogs
  7. Seven times more likely to post to Wikis
  8. Three times more likely to post product reviews at least monthly compared to non-Twitter users

This summary is from a great article by Jeff Bullas... Read more at

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