27
Apr

Sunday’s Thoughts – What Are You Paying For That’s Free?

Albert Einstein has always intrigued me because he was just as much a philosopher as he was a scientist. Consequently I’ve borrowed one of his quotes for this Sunday’s thought of the day.

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

A couple of months ago I was talking a morning walk and was a bit frustrated with the way things were going with my affiliate businesses, thinking how hard I’ve worked on many different things and the sometimes less than desirable results. As I walk, I occasionally like to kick rocks, acorns or what ever rolls well just to see how far they go. This particular morning I couldn’t connect with the acorns and my kicking effort ended in frustration as I seemed to be topping every one and watched them roll about 3 feet in front of me.

After 4 or 5 attempts to kick game winning 70 yard field goals, my acorn kicking desire waned and I continued on around our neighborhood cul-de-sac. As I passed nearly the same spot as my latest failed 3 pointer, my left foot (I’m right footed) connected perfectly with an acorn and it rolled out about 30 to 40 feet in front of me as if it were making a statement. After telling my wife about this little encounter, when either of us is struggling with striving too hard towards a target now, one will jokingly say to the other, “Let the acorn kick the foot.”

No effort and no payment had produced the greatest result.

Are you working hard and paying a big price for something you could get for free?

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20
Apr

Sunday’s Thoughts – Are You Doing What’s Required?

I came across a brilliant quote from Winston Churchill and thought I’d share it for this Sunday’s though.

“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

Have you ever worked your tail off and not seen the results and then you’re disappointed because you thought you did your best? If you’re involved in any kind of internet marketing the answer I’m sure, is yes.

But maybe what you were doing was more fun, than it was necessary. There are many things I enjoy doing for my online businesses and yet some things that are required, I’m not that fond of. When I sold stuff on eBay, I despised having to package the things I was selling because it took so much time, but obviously, packaging was required if the customer’s merchandise were to arrive undamaged.

Are you giving your best to the fun things, but avoiding the required?

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13
Apr

Sunday’s Thoughts – Methods Or Principles

Today’s thought is another that was found in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4 Hour Work Week, but originates from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have troubles.”

This can be related a lot to the get rich quick mentality that is so prevalent on the net today. You especially see it in the multitude of ebooks for sale promising everything from blogging riches, to Adsense riches, to a quick buck in real estate, to numerous other methods of creating money.

Methods may create some quick cash, but principles are timeless and create true wealth. Are you thinking about how you can cash in on the net with the latest technique for manipulating Google or are you thinking about how you can help other people get what they want or need from life?

Sometimes it can be a struggle between these two competing drives for the Internet businessperson and I am as guilty as the rest.

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