April 30, 2016

Best Password Manager

Don’t Write Down Your Passwords!

We were joking around on Facebook. Someone had found a book, described as the Internet Password Book, that you could buy that allowed you to write down all your passwords, including the login URL, user name and password for all accounts including social media sites, banking institutions, email and subscription or services sites.

password organizer notebookBad idea.

Very. Bad. Idea.

What happens if you lose it? What happens if someone swipes it?

Would you write down the combination to a safe and pin it to your bulletin board?

I did an online search and confirmed that a number of manufacturers selling these things and some of them are even titled!

  • Secure Password Manager
  • Internet Password Keeper
  • Best Password Manager
  • Password Organizer Book
  • Internet Password Log Book
  • The Personal Internet Address and Password Organizer

If you have a book of secrets, wouldn’t you want it to be as plain as possible? Maybe you’d even want to disguise it like a kids fairy tale book or a textbook on quantum mechanics.

You wouldn’t want to attract attention to it! [Read more…]

Profitable Content Creation – What to Do When You’re Running Out of Content Ideas

This is the first of a couple of guest posts by Jeff Herring, a man I’ve known and respected for quite some time.  It’s an important subject: Content Creation.  Please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, January 30!

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Profitable Content Creation – What to Do When You’re Running Out of Content Ideas (3 Big Tips)

Content creation is a great way to bring in more prospects and profits. And you do want more prospects and profits, right?

The struggle for many content marketers, both new and experienced, is consistently coming up with ideas for creating content. I’ve noticed that many go through a few stages in their struggle to come up with content ideas.

Let’s take a closer look at those three stages and more importantly, what to do about each one.

3 Stages

Stage 1 – Ideas are not flowing – When you sit down to create content you have to repeatedly stop and think about what to write about. The flow has not stopped, it’s just not as easy as it normally is for you.

What to Do – Step back and brainstorm. Make a list of content ideas. Don’t edit – just brainstorm. This is something you need to be doing anyway, so you always have a list of content ideas from which to pull.

Stage 2 – Ideas are a struggle – Even when you look at a list of your ideas, nothing pops out for you. It feels like you are seeing the ideas on a list, but they are not making sense in your head, and not making the trip from your head to your fingers.

What to Do – Take a trip to your supermarket and check out the titles on the covers of the magazines in the checkout line. Thousands of dollars have been spent deciding how to title these articles. Find titles that you can use in your niche and get busy creating great content.

Stage 3 – You are beginning to believe in writer’s block, even though it does not exist. Ideas are not only not flowing, ideas are just plain stuck. Your frustration level is high, and you’re honestly getting a little bit frightened by your lack of ideas.

What to Do – Go to your topic in EzineArticles and look at some of the top articles in your niche. See which ones are getting lots of traffic. Choose an idea that you know will appeal to your community and simply do a better job with it.This is not plagiarism. This is research because you are simply looking for ideas. You are not copying what someone else has said, you are just going to do a better treatment of it because of your skills.

The Next Step – Your next success step is to grab your spot in the upcoming webinar on Wednesday January 30 at 6 pm EST – “How to Create Prospect & Profit Pulling Content in 20 Minutes or Less with Jeff Herring” Reserve your spot here => http://JeffHerring.com/kurt

 

Success – How Bad Do You Want It?

 

What’s it worth to you? How far are you willing to go? How bad do you want it?

Do you have what it takes?

Those questions have come up a lot lately. Business has been challenging. The economy is tough. The job market has been tight.

I see it with my clients and students. I’ve discussed it with respected colleagues.  I see it on reality TV. I read it in books. Several have posted declarations on Facebook. It’s a good question to ask yourself.

Do you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe?

For me, the subject came up first when Robert Terson, author of the book Selling Fearlessly, and I talked about it a few weeks ago and he shared this YouTube video, Success – How Bad Do You Want It?.  It made me think of some people I admire who have the dedication, “bandwidth” and stones to succeed, whether times are good or challenging.

Then I went to a sales seminar, where it was made very clear that your success is closely related to your efforts.  “How bad do you want it?” was asked several times.

I wonder how many times a day that question is asked in sales meetings, fitness centers, weight loss clinics, schools, counseling centers or in team meetings? A lot.

Some Golden Nuggets

“If you don’t succeed, bring in another excavator.” Todd Hoffman

The guys on Gold Rush on the Discovery channel epitomize it. Their environment is tough, their season is short, their resources are limited and the risks are significant.  The show always makes me think of the lessons that entrepreneurs and business men and women can learn by watching these guys battle the elements, setbacks and their lack of resources. If you need some inspiration, watch this show!

What’s at stake is significant!

One of the miners has a goal of 1,000 ounces of gold this season, 1 speck at a time.  A thousand ounces of gold is worth $1.65 million and they only have about 3 months during their season to find it before cold weather moves back in.  Their season began with snow that still covered claims and equipment.  Getting the excavators and trucks going was an initial challenge.

They faced interim challenges too.  Todd Hoffman decided to double-down this season with 2 sites, double the crew and a brand new trommel, which separates gold from dirt and rocks.  Todd  faced numerous challenges getting his 2 mines up and running, was given an ultimatum by his financial backers to find 300 ounces ($495,000) in 3 weeks or lose funding.  Both Quartz Creek mines had near crippling delays and setbacks, but the 300 ounce goal was met and made for great TV!  I expect him to meet his 1,000 ounce goal, but who knows?

“You’re all millionaires. The only thing is you gotta get it out of the ground.”

Dakota Fred, who began gold mining late in life, has had his share of challenges, but exemplifies the perseverance and resourcefulness that is sometimes required to succeed in life, says “Perseverance. That’s what it is. Perseverance. Do what you have to do to keep moving.”  His season almost ended when his excavator broke down.  Ordering in the part needed to fix it would have taken weeks.  So with a mixture of ingenuity, a friend’s collection of old parts and a blowtorch, Fred was able to fix his excavator and get back to mining at Porcupine Creek. “I gotta work on this thing non-stop until I get it finished.” he declared. Indeed.

Dave Turin expressed a similar view: “When you’re in the Klondike, you don’t have the ability to run into town, so we must adjust.

There are a lot of self-made men on this show, from the producer, to the miners and undoubtedly, their wives made great contributions…and sacrifices.

Parker Schnabel

Age is not a limitation in the Klondike.  17-year-old Parker Schnabel runs a mine that has been in his family for years.  When cash got tight, Parker accepted a contract to rebuild a bridge that gave him enough money to make payroll and pursue mining. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!

He even blew up a big rock outcropping with dynamite that prevented him from getting his equipment up to virgin ground that his grandpa always said was a mother lode.

It wasn’t, but Parker soldiers on.

More Golden Nuggets

Sometimes it pays to declare your goals publicly.  Sometimes you share it with a close friend or spouse.  It gives you the chance to get some feedback, but it also puts a little pressure on, especially if you reveal measurable goals.  Jack Canfield talks about reviewing your goals on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, I’ve found many people never stop to write down and keep their goals.  That’s a huge impediment to success.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Canfield also talks about the importance of daily affirmations.  Most are done in private and many are done once in a while.  Sometimes publicly!

Lots of people do just that on Facebook.

Kayvon Khalilzadeh said:

I am absolutely, positively, totally committed to do what ever it takes to build my dream business.
No matter how long it takes.
No matter what obstacles I have to overcome.
No matter what doubts may surface.
Because it is now or never.

I might print that out and hang it above my monitor.

Some reflect on a good year and declare their intentions to crush it next year.  David Schloss made great strides, both personally and professionally:

‎”2012 was my year: In business, 3.1x increase in revenue and 8.5x increase in profits from 2011. I also managed to lose 25 lbs throughout the year and pay down a nice chunk of student loan debt.

To think that in October 2011, I was in the ER for heart palpitations with a heart rate close enough to a heart attack because of stress. At the same time, I barely had enough money to afford car payments let alone my own place. I was managing a long distance relationship that I was unsure would last because of the distance. Fast forward to January 2012 where I debated whether or not I was truly prepared to take my business to the next level. In that same month, my business partners insured me that with the right vision, strategy and hustle I would prevail. In April 2012, my business surpassed all of 2011’s revenue, June 2012 I had my first 5-figure revenue month, and in December 2012 we had the highest new client, revenue, and profit margins ever.

I still have a long way to go for my health and wealth, but I’m just setting an example for persistence, motivation, and execution. Make it happen!

I’d take that kind of success, wouldn’t you?

Kevin Dockery recently defined the word optimist for me and I thought I’d include it, “An optimist in the midst of failure sees what ways he is responsible for that failure, and attempts to find ways to challenge himself and remove obstacles.

Someone else posted this quote:

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
– Babe Ruth

So how will you answer the question?

Are you going for gold in 2013?  I am, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Whatever it takes, but I’m going to enjoy every minute!

Success. How bad do you want it?

Please leave a comment below. We’ll all get jazzed!