Are You Interested Or Committed?

Are you interested or are you committed? This question is where the rubber meets the road. This is where I might lose you.

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Some people will say, “Oh yeah, I’m interested in having my own business!” They’ll read what I have to say, or listen to a podcast, they’ll nod their heads and say, “That sounds like a good idea.”

But they won’t actually go out and do it.

They won’t do what it takes.

They won’t buy the educational materials, the books that are recommended, or attend the training events. They won’t read Think and Grow Rich.

They won’t invest in themselves and get the continuing education they need, or find a mentor.

There’s a lesson to be learned about commitment from breakfast. “When it comes to breakfast, the chicken is interested, but the pig is committed.”

It’s one thing to lay an egg and contribute that to breakfast; it’s another thing entirely to give yourself up to be the bacon.

How about you? Are you interested or are you committed?

Are There Diamonds Buried In Your Backyard?

While we’re busy searching, striving, and battling to build a fortune, we often overlook the Fortune that is right in our own backyard. Don’t feel too bad, I’ve been there right along with you.

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Perhaps the story of my own folly will help reassure you, and motivate you to take another look at the opportunities that lie at your feet…

Recently, my son Sean Edwards came on board at my company. He’s been learning the business, and getting familiar with our processes, projects, and products. When I gave him access to all the digital products we have created over the years (which we keep in a central member’s area), he was shocked.

“Do we still sell any of these?”

“No”, I told him, “I’m usually focused on selling latest product we have developed.” He laughed.

“But this is a treasure chest! What if we just started selling all these products that are sitting on a shelf?”

This was a very good question.

I admit, it’s a little embarrassing to tell this story. But there is a powerful lesson here, and it reminds me of Russell Conwell. Conwell is one of the pioneers of our industry (the information marketing/teaching/coaching industry.) According to Wikipedia, Conwell was born in 1843 and became an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He’s best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia… and for an inspirational lecture, “Acres of Diamonds”.

“Acres of Diamonds” was a speech Conwell delivered over 6,000 times around the world. It was first published in print in 1890.

It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially if you are a student of the industry (and you should be.) You can read it for free here. The basic premise of the speech is that there’s no need to go looking somewhere else for opportunity or riches. Everything we need to achieve our dreams is already present, right where we are.

Conwell credits the original tale to an Arab guide, who told Conwell about a man who so desperately wanted to discover diamonds that he sold his property and set off on a search for his fortune. Meanwhile, the new owner of the home found a rich diamond mine right there on the property. The home’s original owner had literally overlooked acres of diamonds in his own backyard.

We are presently building out a simple plan to start selling the products that I had been keeping in my “digital treasure box”. Just one example of the “acres of diamonds” on my own property.

What opportunities, assets, products, wisdom, experience, connections… what “acres of diamonds” are just lying in your backyard, waiting for you to pick them up?

Work The System by Sam Carpenter

Last week I recorded a podcast in which I talked about thinking of life as a system. I have been profoundly affected by the work of Sam Carpenter, author of the book Work the System. Today’s post is a review and recommendation of that book.wts-book

Sam operated his own stagnant and dying business for 15 years. He worked hundred-hour weeks, literally lived at his place of business with his kids, and spent most of his time “putting out fires”.  Playing the role of entrepreneurial superhero. More than once, the payroll checks bounced, and Sam found himself standing on the doorsteps of his employees’ homes, handing them cash, and begging them to give him one more chance.

How Does Jesus Want Us To Handle Money?

Today’s post is a guest post by Bud Brown. Bud is the president of TurnaroundPastor.com. He has served churches in a variety of settings

Jesus extolled the virtues of a slippery, self-serving money manager to teach on the wise and godly use of wealth.

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The troubling teaching is recorded in Luke 16. It’s the story of a wealthy patron who decided to change money managers…

This Is What Customer Service Looks Like

Jon Stolpe was one of the first people to submit a guest post for my blog, and I have been very impressed with what I’ve read on his own site. I’m pleased to introduce you to his work, and hope you enjoy it.
– Ray Edwards

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This is what customer service looks like! Customer service looks like a jar of spiced apple rings? Yes! Let me explain…

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Four Keys to a “Big” Business

Building a big business does not have to be complicated. Especially if you are an “idea entrepreneur”, one of those fortunate people who gets paid to think. (If you are a speaker, trainer, coach, consultant, author, or information marketer… This means you.)

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There are four overarching components you need to build a really big business as an idea entrepreneur. They are:

What Is It Going To Take?

What is it going to take for you to finally do it?

To finally achieve your dreams?

What will it take to get you off your… um… couch… and into action?

Look. June 1 is rolling directly at you like a locomotive. The second half of 2013 is unstoppable.

Many of us set ambitious goals for the New Year. Inspiring plans. Rockin’ resolutions. And almost 100% of them were broken and abandoned by January 15th.

It happens every year. So ask yourself…

“WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO CHANGE THAT?”

What will it take to make this the year you actually ACHIEVE the goals you set back in January? What will it take for 2013 to be the year you:

  • Get your online business going and making money.
  • Grow your list (or start one!).
  • Get clear on your spiritual values.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Overcome the technical challenges that hold you back.
  • Get your body in shape.
  • Get your website built and working right.
  • Break free from overwhelm and confusion to JUST GET STARTED.
  • Find the time to work on your Internet business.
  • Figure out WHO to listen to or follow, so you can QUIT chasing after the “latest and loudest”.
  • Or whatever was on your list.

You set those goals. They were important to you.

Question: what are you going to do about it? What is it going to take?