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Greatness Lives On The Edge of Destruction

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The title of this post was inspired yet again by Mr. Will Smith during his latest interview with the Queen of All Women tuned in between 4 & 5 pm daily, OPRAH!

I thought it a better title than, “When Shit Hits The Fan!”… what do you think?

Anyway… for some reason that title got stuck in my head today and it really rang home and pretty much summed up my 2010 in review thus far. Has it been an amazingly shitty year for you as well?

Before we break out the violins though for the sad stories, let’s think about this for a while.

Greatness Lives on The Edge of Destruction… hmm!
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When You’re The Only One That Believes

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A funny thing happens when you decide to do something great, a little different and even a little challenging. Everyone around you becomes the world’s greatest critics.

A couple of responses you may get are:

– The “You’re Crazy!”
– The Raised Eyebrow “What You Talkin’ ’bout Willis!?”
– The Half Hearted “Oh… that… sounds… good!”
– The “Tell Me How That Works Out for You!”

and my favorite “That’ll Never Work!”

I mean who can blame people right? Nowadays we have very little to believe in, or have confidence in. Between lying politicians, scam artist investors, fallen celebrities and even the failure of our own families, it makes sense not to believe in you… for now at least.

So What Now? Everyone Believes You’re Going to #FAIL

At this point you only have two choices, prove everyone right and fail or prove everyone wrong and succeed. There’s no half failing or half succeeding. It’s either you fail or not, succeed or not. Simple!

The Problem With Believing Everyone’s Right
The problem with believing everyone’s right and not going after your dreams is not that you don’t believe in yourself, it’s that you believe more in their fear.

It’s not that your friends, family and even the random onlookers don’t want you to win, they’re just scared. Scared that you may fail and hurt yourself, look like a fool and just fall flat on your face. More importantly they’re scared that they can’t do it themselves and it’s often that fear projected onto you.

Sometimes you even hear the, “Man I had this one friend that tried that and now he’s dead. Well not really dead, but he’s dead to me.”

Don’t let their fear or doubt stop you, it’s up to you to prove them wrong.

Proving Everyone’s Wrong
Now this part takes a lot of balls, guts for the ladies, and yes you have to be a little bit crazy to go all out for your goals in life.

You’re going to have to sometimes say “fuck em!” and just go for it. Sometimes miss step for the world to see, have setbacks, get ridiculed and sometimes feel very alone in a world filled of non-believers.

Many times you may even wonder to yourself if you’re actually totally nuts, find moments of doubt, but you have to ask yourself if your goals are worth it. At these times it’s up to you to dig deep and break through those tough times. Because it won’t be a cake walk and just because you decided to go all out for your goals and dreams, doesn’t mean the skies will open up, birds will sing and you’ll float all the way to a celebration fit for royalty.

It’s just not going to happen that way. Yet with a bit of resolve, patience and resilience you could actually be the success you believe you can be.

Note: Now don’t go doing something stupid like jumping off a cliff expecting to sprout wings or anything like that.

Make sure you’ve done your research, put out your best work and always strive to improve. And then just go out and do it. Experience will help you hone your craft and become the best at what you want to do.

My take is that at the end of the day, if you fail you’ll get to play it safe and be regular like everyone else. Yeh, some may even get to laugh at you a bit… “Remember that one time he tried to become successful?! Told you it wouldn’t work!”

BUT at least for a moment in life you were alive and going after your dreams. Then of course everyone will celebrate, and tell the world they always knew you would make it.

Good luck and all the best!


Doing What You Love!

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A funny thing happens when you start doing what you love.

You get to love life a little more.

Making good progress on my websites and all. The ones I initially created are starting to rank after just a few weeks. One of the sites is even now on the front page of google, after some article submission, and blog network marketing. Pretty sweet right?

On the progress of my million blogs in a day project… #EPIC FAIL!

Now this is not because I’m being lazy or anything, so stop yelling at the screen. I’ve actually been spending the last week setting up one of my main sites. ( Don’t ask me for the link, cause I won’t be sharing. ) No it’s not porn related either. But it’s a lot of fun and will be applying tons of my internet marketing skills to it.

It’s come with a lot of challenges though, which has taken up a lot of time.

Finding the right theme, tweaking it with plug ins, configuring it with ideas from other sites I visit all the time ( swipe file ), after getting the site to work, almost losing everything, setting up email lists, the email list not working, finding tons of content, putting together strategy to stand out, plus plus plus!

But in all the late nights and suffering, I’ve learned a lot about myself… this is exactly what I enjoy doing. “Why didn’t I focus on this more before?”

It’s early stages but I’m looking forward to growing this main site into something powerful and profitable in a few months.

Already sought out feedback from one of my unofficial mentors on it. So we’ll see how that goes.

– Do what you love doing, you’ll feel more fulfilled at the end of the day.

What are you doing that you love? ( For profit of course lol )


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Love This Will Smith Motivation Video…

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All love watching this video that’s a collage of quotes from Will Smith interviews.

Hope you enjoy!


Ass Backwards: Seeking Wealth Before Happiness

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Today when on my way to meet some dude, who had some money, at some place… sounds like a sketchy drug endeavor doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I don’t fancy prison stripes so none of that going on.

So as the story goes, I decide to make use of the tapes that come in the big package monthly, from one of the membership programs that rape my account. ( That reminds me, have to cancel or do something with that gym membership.) Anyway… I put in the tape and start listening.

Damn… CD error… wipe wipe. That’s better!

So it’s an interview from Ted Leonsis you can check him out at his blog here. Who’s Ted you ask?

He’s an all around good guy, owns part of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Mystics, helped drive AOL to major success for 14 years, is a multi multi millionaire and oh he had a revelation at 25 when he almost died in a plane crash. And it was that near death experience that woke hip up from focusing on just the millions and more about living and experiencing life.

It was a great interview which focused on the principles of his book The Business of Happiness. The importance of having gratitude, living with a higher purpose, having empathy for others and their situations and really striving to excel in all aspects of your life without as he calls it, over-indexing.

Quite often we believe we have to chase the money to become happy, of which I’ve definitely been guilty of up to quite recently. I guess the thought process was, the less I have to focus on bills and finances, the happier I would become. I mean who doesn’t want to wake up not having to worry if you have your $7 to go an splurge on high priced, funny sounding coffee, from the the barista coffee mafia.

Apparently I had it all ass backwards, and it became more of a struggle than anything to pursue this, while not being happy and fulfilled in other aspects of my life. A point well driven home by the hour interview.

Point: Balance by also focusing on wealth in other aspects of your life and eventually every thing else will fall into place. ( I hate that word balance by the way, but it’s something I definitely will be working on. )

After all, we can’t be buried with all our wealth at the end of the day. So what sense does it make to miss out on the real wealth, living.

Anyway… great interview by Ted, shedding light on something I’ve struggled with and it’s worth getting it right now, so I don’t have to be on a plane, about to crash, wishing I had experienced living a great life.


Challenge Update – Way Behind — BUT…

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Seems like I’m still on holiday mentally! Fireworks and all…

So now it’s the 12th and I’m way behind on my original goal of 100 blogs by the end of this month.

Now I could give tons of excuses and all, but I’ve just been a bum and distracted. How’s that for some honesty right? Though during my distraction time I’ve reevaluated my approach to building all these web properties. Which had me focused on one simple question…

Is it Worth Setting Up these shallow ( 5-7 page blogs? ) or build a few authority blogs and continually post and beef up the content of that authority blog?

Decision 2010

So like Lebron, I had a decision to make. Are you sitting at the edge of your seat yet? Waiting on my ESPN hour special?

What am I going to do?

What does the future hold?

Well no worries, no need to drag it out like Lebron ( apparently the most hated person in Ohio right now. ), I’m scaling back on the 100 blogs and only going to do 1/3 of them.

Cop out? No!

I’m going to be focused as well on building authority blogs in different niches related to entertainment, TV etc. I figure I could have the best of both worlds and also use these authority blogs as a way of breaking the monotony of building blogs I don’t really care about. ( Yes it gets boring writing about vacuum cleaners, when I don’t care about them. )

What I’ve realized when it comes to the blogging community is that they blog just to blog, they love writing and babbling, but know very little about online marketing, monetization and list building. This leaves a gap for budding internet marketers to carve out some serious profits for themselves.

So with that in mind, I’ll be applying all these internet marketing talents to the blog niche and pocket some of the profits they are leaving on the table.

It’s still going to be a ton of work, but will help me focus more, if that makes any sense.

Anyway… enough ramblings and back to work!

Thanks for reading and remember to leave a comment below. Let me know what your adventures are online.