Day 4 – I’m listening to my gut (30 Day Challenge)

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I go off on a few tangents in this installment of my 30 day challenge, but the theme of today is to listen to my gut.

So, by the time this video is published, I’ll have resigned from my firm of almost 5 years.  I enjoyed my time there, but it was time for me to move on.  It was a leap of faith, as I do not completely have the future mapped out and I am uncertain as to how the resignation will play out.

But, I must honor myself.  I had a very insightful conversation this morning about just that.  It wasn’t overly lengthy, but the its value was incredibly high.  It boiled down to this – Not being honored by others is OK, because we don’t have control over anyone other than ourselves.  But, when we don’t honor ourselves, that is when the real damage occurs.

So, while I have many many friends from my time at Sotheby’s, it is time to part ways.  Perhaps I’ll get into why on another day, but that isn’t what’s important today.  I hope that they all continue to provide excellent service for their clients and are able to realize incredible success for themselves.  Well,  most of them at least..there are a couple that I hope get fat and lose all their hair.

For me it’s a bit scary.  In fact, as I write this my heart is beating fast.  Having fear of the unknown is normal, I suppose.  But, as I listen to my gut, I know its the right thing to do.  Its a leap of faith in my effort to do right to myself and to do right to those that deserve it.

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Day 3 – Just laugh (30 Day Challenge)

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In my effort to stop smoking, which I have, I have done my best to stay busy. Industry, or the act of being industrious, seems to be a great tool for focusing the mind on things other than that which I am stopping. Inasmuch, I had trouble getting to sleep for the second night in a row.

But, no time for the meek!

The theme, if there is one, for today is to laugh. To laugh with and at every possible thing I can.

So, thank you so much for tuning in and showing your support. Please stay with me and drop me a line or call me if you feel inclined.

Day 2 – 65% and getting after it (30 Day Challenge)

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In the video, I talk about not feeling 100% today, but that I’m committed to staying on track. It feels good. So, by the time I am done with my walk, thinking and verbalizing what I am thankful for in my life, and then having a bit of breakfast I’m ready to attack the day. While I do not have quite as much energy as I did yesterday, I certainly have more now than I did when I woke up.

My concern, as I stated in the video, was staying committed to this new ‘morning walk/reflection’ time every morning for 30 days. I am concerned because I know myself, and I know about how many times I’ve started something that I know will be good for me, only to lose steam a week in and quit.

I found this article (http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2010/08/03/beyond-first-30-days-staying-committed-to-habits/) to have some good advice, whereas the take aways for me are:

1 – Practice firmness and kindness with myself
2 – Let habits build on each other
3 – Reject the notion that I can’t do it, for whatever reason
and 4 (which isn’t listed) to enlist the support of others, which is why I’m sharing in the first place.

So, thanks for helping me along. I really appreciate it!

Do you know of other article or ideas on how best to keep/build momentum in the face of habit changing?

Using a credit card to pay rent?

I had this idea yesterday..

What about a site that allow you to pay your rent with your credit card (there are some but they aren’t marketed the way I’m thinking)

Sell the concept on the auspice of being able to reap the rewards from your credit card (frequent flyer miles or whatever rewards).  That’s a ton load of points a year at just a $1,000 monthly rent..probably worth a trip at least a year

Market it on flyertalk.com or other online forums where people are discussing frequent flyer miles and other reward programs
Market it to the developers/owners of big complexes on the auspice of convenience to their tenants

Either one or a hybrid (depending on how the negotiation goes with the landlord prior to their first tenancy) can absorb the fees.

The company providing the service charges a small..really small fee and then automatically pay the bill by check.  We create 30-60 day back flow of funds from fees and then make interest on that too..like amazon.com

Never any inventory + automated deployment of checks = streamlined business with low maintenance

In this economy, I bet lots of people would like/attempt to put their rent on a credit card to defer expense, in addition to getting something out of paying it in the first place.

I have put in calls to friends/colleagues that work in private banks to see what their take is, as I believe this sort of thing would most certainly need to be managed by a bank and not an independent person or company.

Responses from advisers so far have been:

Risk of charge backs
Credit card processing fees make margins to slim or even negative
Red tape and/or legislation

What are you thoughts on this idea?

The Monthly Bug – Buffalo Edition

I know you’re busy, so I’ll get right to it..

You may know that I have my little paws pretty deep into the real estate, online education, and internet marketing games.

These industries excite me for a number of reasons, but never mind me for right now.

Today, I just want to pass along some really cool stuff that I hope you’ll find some value in…and share a video of me almost getting gored by a buffalo 🙂

Real Estate & Insurance: These guides provide answers to a few commonly asked questions.  They will remain on my blog under the resource tab and are free to share.

What Is The Role Of A Realtor And What Do They Do?
What Is The Role Of A Mortgage Broker?
What is the Escrow Process?
What Is Title Insurance?
An Easy Guide to Buying a Home

What Is The Role Of An Insurance Broker?
What Is An Insurance Company And How Do They Work?

Monthly Household Budget Worksheet
Personal Budget Worksheet

Online Education: With my Father, I run InternetCE.com, an accredited insurance continuing education company.  However, there aren’t to many things that do not interest me.  Here a few of my favorite resources for finding super cool things to learn:

MIT OpenCourseWare – OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT
Open Culture – Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community
Academic Earth – Courses on nearly every subject from many of the worlds leading universities
Video Lectures – Video lectures from leading scholars and scientists from many of the most important science events
Khan Academy – 1400+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance given by Salman Khan
How Stuff Works – Figure it (just about anything) out with pictures, diagrams, and users generated manuals of all kinds
WonderHowTo.com – a do-it-yourselfers paradise
The Human Body – Point and click to dissect the human body.
Google Books – The Library of Congress (plus a ton more), digitized, searchable, and free
TED – Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world
The Complete List of Nobel Laureates – Global leaders in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace, & Economics
2leep.com – the net’s largest collection of weird, bizarre, and interesting sites
Lifehacker.com – Tips, tricks, and experiments to hack almost anything you do..from sleeping to making a solar cell
The Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum complex and research organization
Conceptis – Logic puzzles to tease and twist the brain

Mind Share – Los Angeles based enlightened debauchery (my personal review – awesome!)

When you’re ready to get serious with your brain – Do a MENSA Workout

Internet Marketing: I started dabbling on the internet in 1999, my first company being Grooveright.com (the link is to the Internet Archive, as the site is no longer up).  Today, I work nearly completely online and wouldn’t have it any other way. Vanessa Fox, creator of Google Webmaster Central, just wrote a book – “Marketing in the Age Of Google: Your online strategy IS your Business Strategy”.  Plain and simple: your clients and your competitors are online…why aren’t you?

Jump start your company’s online marketing do-it-yourself style by familiarizing yourself with these free tools:

Beginners Guide To SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Beginners Guide to Local SEO
What are the Signals That Affect Local SEO – 69 Experts Weigh In
Expert Site Review From Google I/O (Video)
Google Webmaster Central
Google Adwords – Online advertising that reaches 80% of internet users, globally
Perry Marshall – Some think he knows more about Adwords than Google does
Bing Webmaster Central
Bing & MSN Advertising – Smaller audience than Google, but also cheaper
Facebook Advertising Guide and Tutorials
Facebook Page Marketing Guide + How To Use Facebook For Business (requires opt-in, but I think its worth it)
Fascinating and staggering statistics surrounding Facebook..displayed in images

Just for fun, I thought it would be a good idea to pet a buffalo.

That’s right, a wild full grown 2,000lb male buffalo.

What on earth was I thinking?

There is explicit language, so young ears may want to cover up.

Also, if your boss knows you have friends that do this sort of thing, you may get fired.

Watch the video here

How might I be of service?  Ask me anything..

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