Sunday, September 19, 2010

Learning, (Out of the Best Books) Off Of The Best Internet Sites?

I spend a whole of my time, probably way too much learning. I am constantly on line reading things, important things, not the latest in Hollywood gossip but ways to improve my website. Ways to bring traffic to my website. Ways to improve my life. The rest of the time online I spend writing.

So what is happening with all this learning?

Well, I’m getting what they call “information overload.” Meaning that I spend too much time on stuff that doesn’t really help me, and not enough time taking action. So that is why all the writing, the writing part is actually taking action.

Like this blog post for instance. Hopefully someone else will read it and think its brilliant. Then spread the same word to all of their friends and I will become rich and famous, or so all the gurus tell me.

Seriously, how do you stop the information overload on the Internet? There is so much great stuff out there. And a lot of people with money who have made riches online are now being generousness with their stuff that has made them rich. They still get a piece of the pie. A dollar from a million people is still a million dollars.

But how do you sift through it? How to you figure our what is really going to help you and ignore all the rest? One solution is to focus. If you’ve read one of my past posts, you will know that isn’t a strong suite of mine.

I think part of the problem lies in lack of self-esteem. Personally I sometimes feel that I couldn’t possibly be smart enough with just the information that I have to actually benefit someone else’s.

So the negative thinking doesn’t help. Then there comes perfectionism, if I just knew more about this, or that, surely I would be more effective. All of this negative self-talk certainly doesn’t; help. If you want to really be successful the hard lesson that I learned is to do. And just keep doing. There is time for learning and then there is time to stop. The sooner you put doing ahead of learning, the faster you’ll succeed. You can't stop the learning completely, especially with the rapid advances of information facing us these days. You do have to keep learning. But balance your learning. And concentrate on doing.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

On Contemplating The Fall Of My life

I took a hike this morning and fall, in its entire splendor was showing itself over the mountains. Utah has one of the finest fall displays and this morning was unquestioned proof of that. Brilliant reds, oranges, pinks, yellows and chartreuse greens flung against a background of deep evergreen trees, spiking to a sky of dazzling blue.

Fall makes me meditative, as much as is fitting to me. I start to think about the year and what I have accomplished. Or not. In the fall of my life I think of it in the same ways. What have I accomplished, and what still remains to be done, before winter’s cold, or old age infirmities keep me tethered inside?

Fall is a riotous party, and I feel the same way about this stage of my life. As I approach these last years, I don’t care what others really think. I have reached a maturity level where all that matters is if I please myself. I wear and do whatever I feel or time and money allow. I notice many others in my situation acting in similar fashion; old ladies wearing purple and red hats; celebrating their age and wisdom.

I love the colors of fall and their intensity. There is nothing hidden, or quiet about fall and I intend that my life make the same kind of statement. Like fall I am not gracefully aging, slowly showing my age, melting into the background, Instead, I flaunt life and intend to ride it to the end, like a wild bucking bronco.

Fall is a last hurrah before winter hides its flamboyancy under a pile of snow and we, fall and I, are seen and heard no more. I will not leave quietly. I will hit life with full force in what I do and how I spend my time. Fall and I celebrate our existence together, in this last quest. May we last for a long time; a long fall, not cut short by disease or early winter snow. Like fall I plan to live until the last pumpkin is carved, the last bright leaf falls from the tree, a statement of living and life.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blogging At It Again

This is a good description of my life right now.
I am developing quite a following on the web. Overall it would probably be in the lower 1%, but I keep trying anyway. I have severely neglected this blog. It is the culmination and endpoint of all that I am doing and my struggles to stop working for a corporation and find a way to earn a living on my own. Eventually I do want to retire comfortably so that I can do what I really want to do, play, garden, hobbies. In the meantime, the work slowly continues.

So, back to blog neglect. Occasionally I will post from my other sites. That is part of my problem, there are way too many. I have backed away from the real estate business, but until I get rid of my properties, I am still, like it or not, tied to them. The current administration’s latest decision to add a 3.5% real estate tax in 2013 on property sales will be the last straw for many investors. So the plan is to hold onto my property and try to pay it off and turn the management over to someone else. If I can succeed at just doing that, I will have my retirement set, but I digress.

So what others pies do I have my fingers stuck in? Currently I am trying to focus my attention, and that indeed is difficult for anyone, especially with ADD to do, on a marketing business. I want to help other small businesses successfully market their stuff online. I am not talking Etsy, I'm talking real businesses, not mom and pop stores, but starting there is not a bad idea. Ideally I am looking for businesses willing to pay a few thousand or more a year on their marketing efforts. People may say that's too much, but if you think that marketing is expensive, as the saying goes, try not doing it.

Marketing is making this huge change from a phone book, static thinking mentality, to a moving force, which like everything else is constantly changing. Due to the fact that most businesses are stuck in the static phase and wondering why it isn't working, the business opportunity is huge. So that is my up-date for the day. I will continue to morrow with how it's going. Or something similar.