Friday, July 24, 2009

Thrive Learning Institute - How To Become A Wealthy Affiliate Marketer: Stay Focused

I don't know how long you've been in affiliate marketing, but if you're like most people in this business, you have a problem. And that is actually getting things done.

Maybe it's not just this business, maybe that's just how people are in general. But no matter what forum I've been in, I always see the same thing, and that is that most people have a very hard time putting out large quantities of work.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "If you throw enough stuff at the wall, some of it is going to stick." Well let me tell you people, it's true. And anyone who is a seriously wealthy affiliate marketer will back me up on that claim. But most people's main problem is that they stop throwing too soon.

This has definitely been my biggest problem. I had been in affiliate marketing for close to a year before I really started working on it. During that time I had had some successes, and even some pretty big successes, but I still wasn't accomplishing at the rate I wanted to be accomplishing at.

The first thing I realized I needed to do was to stop learning. Or at least stop trying to learn. I realized that I knew enough to be making money, and that the learning was holding me back. I was spending more time learning than working.

By extension, I realized that I needed to get out of the forums. We go to the forums for the great information there, as well as the community they provide, but I think another reason is that being active in a forum is a great way to avoid working while feeling like you actually are.

Every person that I have known on a forum before they really achieved that success has taken a vacation from the forum in the interim. If you're trying to reach a goal, then reading and responding to posts is only going to hold you back. While I'm somewhat active in several forums, including the Wealthy Affiliate forum, if I ever hit five or so posts in one sitting, I know that I'm gotten sidetracked, and I get myself out of there as fast as I possibly can.

Keep the distractions at bay, and keep pumping out articles, or PPC campaigns, or whatever you've decided to do to make that money keep coming. And that is what's going to make it or break it at the end of the day.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thrive Learning Institute - An Online Business Is The Model For Wealth Today

The economy in the US is changing and we are only now starting to see the results of that change. People who understand the change and adapt to it will do well. The majority of the people, those who can’t or won’t adapt, are destined for a lower standard of living. There will definitely be winners in this new economy, even during the Great Depression there were many fortunes made by people who were willing to understand the changes taking place and adapt themselves to take advantage of what was happening.

For the last 150 years the US economy was built on manufacturing. Giant steel plants, auto factories, and textile mills provided millions of high paying jobs to any one who wanted to work. This reliance on heavy manufacturing was a boon to the American citizen. For the first time in history a very large middle class was developed and the living standards of millions of people were at levels never even dreamed of before. A person who dropped out of high school could get a job in a factory, within a year be making a very good wage to support his family and buy himself some big boy toys, and then after 30 years retire with a full pension and health care.

This is no longer the case. Millions and millions of manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas and aren’t coming back. The jobs that are here no longer pay a living wage and forget about any benefits other than maybe some lame health insurance that won’t pay for half of what ails you. The golden manufacturing years are over and the sooner we realize that the better. The people trying to restart the old economy are wasting their time. Now we should be looking to the future.

The internet has changed everything in our society just like electricity did 150 years ago. We haven’t even seen the beginning of the online business opportunities offered by the web. More and more people are becoming comfortable with shopping online and if you need an answer to a question almost everyone “Googles” it any more. Whether it is providing information, selling products, or one of the hundreds of other business models available, a web based business is where everyone who is looking toward the future should be.

If you are tired of worrying about the future then make a commitment today to start a web based business and stake your claim on this frontier. The people who got in on the ground floor of the manufacturing economy got filthy rich and the same is going to happen to those who are smart enough to get in on the internet economy.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thrive Learning Institute - Having a Vision Without a Plan

Have you ever noticed that once you begin your search for a business opportunity that you are often only thinking about finances? You think, well if I can just make this network marketing business work, or if I can actually make money online as an internet marketer, then it will pull me out of my current circumstances. I will not have to answer to a boss, I will not have to live on a fixed income, and I can eventually afford the finer things in life.

Finances may be the motive to try and start your own business, but it takes so much more to be a successful entrepreneur. You have to have a vision of what it is you want to accomplish and a plan of how you will accomplish your goal.

I think many feel as if they have a vision with somewhat of a plan. Often this plan is not written down and changes from day to day based on how a person feels or on a new idea that one may get that they think will work better. Remaining unfocused with a changing plan of action is a trap. It keeps you from reaching success, seeing your potential, and increasing your income!

For example, let's say you are in multi-level marketing and are working on calling MLM leads. You are in the beginning stages of building your business and have purchased 100 leads. You call about 30 with less than stellar response. You decide this must not be working and so turn to a different recruiting method. This is what I call an unfocused plan of action. It will not get you to where you want to go.

If there is one thing that all of the personal development gurus have in common, it is that you have to not just know where you're going, you have to know how your gonna get there. You have to have a map. This means that your goals and steps to reach your goals have to be written down on paper. Writing goals down is crucial to success. Brian Tracy has pointed out that only about 5% of people have written out goals.

If you haven't already developed your goal setting skills, do it now. Look up Brian Tracy. Stop trying to build something without a blueprint! If you want to some one-on-one coaching look up Thrive Learning Institute.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thrive Learning Institute - Make Money Offline with Internet Marketing

by David Godot

There is a lot of discussion about how to make money online using internet marketing techniques, and there is most certainly a lot of money to be made. But many people fail to recognize the tremendous potential of internet marketing for making money offline as well. If you're not interested in being a full-time online marketer, and want to own your own brick-and-mortar business, you actually have a better chance of accomplishing your goals than people whose businesses are entirely internet-based.

I'll use myself as an example. Like many people these days, I have a personal web site that I use to communicate certain professional information about myself. I don't like to make the information there entirely professional, because the domain name is my name and I feel like it should represent me as a person, not just as a professional. I don't want to paint myself into the corner of presenting a professional persona at all time.

Many people make the mistake of trying to brand themselves as their business, and I think that this is a tremendous mistake. First of all, the business cannot outlast you, you can never sell it, or outsource all of your work. You are the work. Once you retire, your life's work is over.

Another problem with this marketing model has to do with the problem of branding your own personal home page as a professional home page as well: you paint yourself into a corner. You have presented yourself as the product, and so you get locked into always promoting that product. For example, it is my business to be a psychotherapist in Chicago. If I were to brand my business under my own name, as many therapists do, I would have to hide as much of my life from the world at large as I am expected to hide from my patients. With the internet increasingly playing a central role in the social lives of individuals, this could have an increasingly crippling effect on the therapist as a person.

But the main reason to learn internet marketing principles for the purposes of marketing your own offline business is that, depending on your field, most of your competitors probably are not. When I search for Chicago therapists,' I realize how important my internet marketing skill-set is really going to be in the development of my career. With people increasingly finding every type of product and service exclusively through the internet, a business owner can hardly afford not to learn the principles of internet marketing, even if they have no desire to make money online.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Filling The Void. Life After Success - Thrive Learning Institute

What will you do once you've arrived? When you start making $5000 a month with little to no real work what are you going to do with your time?

For entrepreneurs, filling the void is possibility one of the hardest steps of all in the process of building an abundant life for yourself. After you've put in thousands of hours working diligently on your business its hard to adjust to not needing to do anything. Often it will cause a lot of introspection that, if not tempered, could cause Howard Hughes like behavior. While Mr. Hughes was remarkable we certainly don't want you to fall into the maniacal OCD trends that he did :)

For many the busyness of a family life will be more than enough to fill the void. Being able to spend time with the kids, going to all their games, performances and events will not only keep you going but bring copious amounts of joy into your day to day life. You'll be able to help them with homework, tech them life skills and spend quality one on one time with them. If that isn't enough to fill your time though you might be in danger. You'll need to find something that will be flexible enough to continue spending quality time with your family and keep you sane.

One great option is getting involved in a charity you feel strongly for. The story of John Wood is compelling and instructive. John was a marketing executive for Microsoft in the 90's. He was in the right place at the right time. He rose within the company quickly and made a LOT of money. However when he was on a backpacking trip in Nepal he discovered a new passion. Educating the worlds children. He went on to quit Microsoft and start a wildly successful charity, Room to Read.

John Wood's path is a great blueprint to follow for those who are wealthy and need to find a passion. He found while he was traveling and enjoying life. Be sure not to skimp on your adventures and luxuries that have been well-earned but don't rule out any new challenges, You'll just get bored with life.

At Thrive Learning Institute we strongly encourage everyone to adopt a charity or cause to give back to the community and improve the world through service as well as business.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 4-Hour Work Week, A Staple For Any Entrepreneur

I recently finished reading the popular book by Tim Ferriss, The Four Hour Work Week, and I must say I was very impressed. Tim is a serial entrepreneur and veritable renaissance man. Included in his About Me section of his blog are these accomplishments:

  • Graduate of Princeton university in Neuroscience and East Asian studies

  • First American in history to hold a tango record

  • National Chinese kickboxing champion

  • Acclaimed bestselling author whose book has been #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists

If that doesn't grab your attention I don't know what will. He has written about his experiences traveling the world, learning and mastering 6 languages at breathtaking paces. On top of being a wildly successful entrepreneur he has also had extraordinary success in the non-profit sector, spearheading campaigns like LitLiberation and advising

This is a man worth listening to. His book breaks down the step by step process to liberating yourself from the drone like mentality that all too often comes with being an employee. You can see why we at Thrive Learning Institute would recommend this book to our clients. It is a great resource for successful and productive entrepreneurship but more importantly lifestyle design after you've achieved the success you want.

One of the basic and most important concepts Tim explains in his book is the difficulty and process of filling the void created by having all the time in the world and enough money to utilize it. Too many of us are addicted to work for works sake and we feel guilty when we aren't busying ourselves. What would you do if you had $20,000 coming in every month? Would you just sit around and accumulate stuff? Would you go out and buy that fancy car you've always wanted or buy a disgustingly gilded house in the wealthiest part of your neighborhood? What happens when you have all the stuff anyone could dream of? Eventually you'll get bored and go nuts.

That's why its important to have a plan in place to fill the void of not having to work 40 hours or more per week with something productive and interesting. What have you always wanted to learn? Where have you always wanted to travel? What can you do to improve the world? What causes or charitable organizations could you start that would make a dramatic, powerful impact on the world?

If you don't have the right the motivation you'll never make it as an entrepreneur. You may achieve the riches we all dream of but you'll fail at being happy.

Tim takes us through 4 basic steps to reaching a place in our lives where we are in control of our lifestyle.

1. Definition

2. Elimination

3. Automation

4. Liberation

1.Define your dreams and goals. Define what you will do and what you wont do when you have the freedom and resources to control your own life.

2. Eliminate the 80% of your efforts that are only producing 20% of your results. Tim is a huge advocate of The Pareto Principle or the 80/20 principle which defines your output in such a way that you can consistently find that 20% of your efforts produce 80% of your results and vice versa. Analyze your life and take out the unproductive parts. Limit yourself to only the necessary and important.

3. Automate your business. This is the part where Thrive Learning Institute comes in. When you start any business you must start with the goal to create a system independent of you. Do not make yourself a bottleneck for information. You'll only build a prison around yourself and defeat the purpose of building a business in the first place. You want to be able to walk away from your business and still have confidence that it will generate as much income or more than last month. Tim explain in detail exactly how to do this, flowcharts and outsourcing companies included.

4. Liberty is the most basic of all human desires. To do what we want when we want and with who we want is ultimate freedom. Most of us don't have never had that level of freedom before so Tim helps to get us in the right frame of mind to cope with such limitless possibilities.

The Four Hour Work Week is a staple for any aspiring entrepreneur. Not only will it motivate you to succeed but it will show you how to succeed both before and after the achievement of wealth. At Thrive Learning Institute we strongly encourage you to check out this book. Click the link to pick up the Four Hour Work Week today.

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