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Guess how much money you made... and other random musings (LOL)

Guess how much money you made... and other random musings (LOL)

I just got finished reading "Guess how much money you made. Seriously. You need to guess," (by George Howard and Jeff Price) and was fascinated by the quote, "These are disruptive times, but from disruption comes true opportunity…for those smart enough, informed enough, and brave enough to take control."

I find the idea very inspiring because as a student of this recession I have been forced to come up with very creative ways to market without marketing. I don't do cold calls because if people discover enough interesting trivia about you and what you do for a living they may eventually pick up the phone and call when they want something your published material has them convinced you can provide.

That makes your blog a gold mine if you maintain it with fresh content and actually help people solve their problems between keeping them entertained.

You do not have to write every single day or be as silly as I can but you do have to maintain it on a level where people who come back actually find something to read and consider.

Last night I was tuned into the 60 minute Derek Sivers Master Class and enjoyed discovering how he "accidentally" started a company, then automated himself out of the way. I lurk on his blog and think he is amazing. Click the link and check him out because what started out as wanting to obtain a free PDF for musicians to market their music quickly morphed into an epiphany that his advice is invaluable to anyone running/promoting a small business.

I am about to start the BJ Fogg Master Class. It is a 60-min Master Class on social psychology and persuasion, where Ramit Sethi interviews Stanford psychologist BJ Fogg. I will teach you to be rich is Mr. Sethi's website. Do not let the phrase fool you because it's a stellar website with a lot of free material to inspire you to alter your business approach.

Since I do a couple of side hustles (writing, illustration, photography, video, film, music, fine art) I appreciate spending time on useful websites that will help me improve my business prospects.

I'm blogging live from Starbucks downloading all of the business transcripts and audio files while working on upgrading my business plan for 2011.

I am very happy to report that http://www.earn1K.com is a site Penelope Trunk suggested and I have been reading the articles and listening to every audio link they have to offer.

I'm trying to incorporate new concepts of "high value vs. low value activities" into my daily routine and am thankful that we do have sites like Brazen Careerist to kick-start the creative juices.

Blogging on ActiveRain and following Penelope Trunk around are my versions of engaging in high value activities (LOL).

If you suspect paying me any attention is a high value activity, then take my advice and click all of the links on Penelope Trunk's post, "How to know if you're an entrepreneur." If you do then you will learn every single thing that I am learning today and can absorb what ever you feel is useful. There's a lot of good stuff there... :-)


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Comment balloon 4 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 15 2011 10:33AM


Thank you for these links.  I am an entrepreneur and I'm continually upgrading my skills.  I shall be checking out these sites today; I've clicked on them already. 

Posted by Cindy Logan (Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors) over 9 years ago

Cindy, you are very welcome. I've been going through the material for two days now and am pretty excited about trying something new that actually will improve my operations. 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

C - you are inspiring as well and have great insight. There is always more to learn and that's what makes life interesting.

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the kind words, Robin. They are very much appreciated. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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