How To Get Rich In Nine Seconds

How To Get Rich In Nine Seconds
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“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” John Lithgow
“No-one told you when to run… you missed the starting gun”. Pink Floyd

I know. It sounds weird. But this is an incredible piece of life advice that could make the difference between you finishing rich or poor. Ready?

You move too damn slow.

I see you, bumble-assing along as though you have forever. News flash: You don’t. Your life supply is dwindling. Hear that? That’s the sound of the seconds of your life disappearing, and you will NEVER get them back. EVER. I write from experience, because I feel the pain of this, whenever I think of what might have been

If you are exactly where you want to be in life, then ignore this. This tutorial is not for you.

You should still be here, because anyone that was in that position would not already be on the internet looking for advice… because they would not need any.

But if you are poor, or if you are concerned that you are going to run out of money when you are older, then pay attention!

Time is your most precious commodity. Time is the ultimate ruler of your life – and when you run out of time, that’s it! You have no more chance to get rich, or do anything that you want to do. Time’s up. Game over.

Whereas if you are still here and breathing, you still have some time. But you have less than you think. There is not a SECOND to waste.

Let’s assume you have 16 hours in a day of “doing stuff” and 8 hours of sleep.

That is 57,600 seconds of doing stuff.

Now let’s break that time into 9 second increments. You have 6400 9-second increments in your day.

CAN YOU GET DONE IN 8 SECONDS THAT WHICH YOU WERE DOING IN 9 SECONDS? That is 12.5% faster. Can you move 12.5% faster through life????

Yes you damn well can. I know you can. You move too slow. You don’t even KNOW how long you take doing everything, because you never bothered to even time it. Did you?

If there was someone pointing a gun at your head and saying “do it in 8 seconds instead of 9 or you will get a bullet” – do you think you would be able to get it done in 8 seconds? Of course you would. Sometimes not, if you are already sprinting. But most of the time, you waste that second (or more!) moving too slow. And yes, Time is pointing a gun at your head, actually…. and in the end it is going to pull the trigger!

Shave a second off each 9 second increment and you just saved 6400 seconds per day. 106.667 minutes. Do that consistently for nine years and you just saved A YEAR. Do that consistently for 45 years and you just saved… FIVE ENTIRE YEARS OF TIME..

You could make $200,000 PLUS INTEREST, or write a best seller, or do all kinds of incredible stuff in five years. I just added five entire years to your life… YOU ARE WELCOME!

Can you get done in eight seconds what you did in nine?
Can you get done in eight minutes what you did in nine?
Can you get done in eight hours what you did in nine?

Yes you can!!!!

So here is a course of action for winners-to-be: Time your entire day. That’s right. Get a journal and a stopwatch and record EVERYTHING that you do in a day.

Your mind will be absolutely blown. Most cannot handle this exercise yet it is one of the absolute WINNING strategies you could possibly do.

Now look at that detailed journal of exactly how you spent all of the time in your day, and see where you can save time. I am certain that you can save 1,2 or even 5 hours in a day, judging by the amount of time that most people waste.

Do you honestly rule your day with an iron fist? I doubt it. So few people do. But if you can do this, you immediately give yourself an edge, a competitive advantage that most simply will never use.

Whether it is 9 seconds shaved into 8, or 9 minutes shaved into 8, or 9 hours shaved into 8, the techniques you will use are somewhat different, but the principle is the same. High performance people do not waste time. Time wasters are not high performance people.

NOTE – do not do this while driving a car!!!!!!!!!! This one important exception to the rule. You should NOT drive recklessly, or run this exercise in any other dangerous situation, or ram people with your shopping cart, or push past old ladies, or generally be an asshole or an idiot. This tutorial is not about causing problems for others, it is about having impeccable high standards and setting a high bar of achievement for yourself all day long, and about the fact that you almost certainly sit on your butt doing things at “loser pace”, wasting massive amounts of time as though you have an infinite supply. YOU DO NOT HAVE AN INFINITE SUPPLY.

Ask me how I know this. By God, I am screaming at my teenage self, all those years ago, sat on his ass acting as though he had forever. And he could not hear a single word. One day you will end up in this position. Where you are looking back. Most of what you did in those days you will no longer care less about, and there will be many things you wish you had done. As the old saying goes, your business is in looking to the future, because you are going to spend the rest of your life there.

Why do people move so slowly? The reason people don’t bother moving just that little bit faster, is because small increments are considered unimportant. They just don’t think it matters that much. Well, it is out of small amounts that big amounts are made. Shaving one second off of nine adds up to five years of your adult life.

It also means you have to get out of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is where you tell yourself that you are not doomed, that everything is going to be ok, and that it’s ok if you leave it til tomorrow or whenever. It is not ok. You are going to run out of time.

It also means you have to be the person that other people look at, confused, thinking “what’s up with that person, why are they zooming around like that?” That’s so UN COOL.

Well, we will see who is really cool when they are eating your dust as you power past them on your way towards your awesome life of accomplishment and dreams.

It is the same with saving money. People don’t bother saving a dollar because they don’t think it is much. But if you save a dollar every day for 50 years (you can do this!) then that is $18,250, even without interest. With interest it would be way higher. And that is just one dollar that you carelessly toss aside. All those little dollars add up. Ask the guy from Five Hour Energy, who became a billionaire selling those tiny nutrient shots for a few bucks apiece.

Let’s not even talk about the hours spent sat in the cafe “chilling” or in the bar having drinks, or watching TV etc etc etc. Go. Now!

And for those of you who already move like a tiger (probably not you!)… I salute you.

Top 10 ESSENTIAL Skills For Virtual Assistants – How To Be An Amazing Virtual Assistant

Top 11 ESSENTIAL Skills For Virtual Assistants
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If you want to land that great VA job, or go further with the one you already have, study this list. I have hired a lot of VAs and these are the most important skills that have been required over the years.

How to use this tutorial: Definitely work on the first 5. These are the “core essentials”. Then pick one or more of the final 5 and learn as much about it as you can. There are some bonus tips at the end. Ok, let’s get straight into it:

1. Correct Written English

I would say this is the most important skill of all. If your English is perfect it opens doors. Sorry to say it but your English is probably not as perfect as you think it is. This is because, unless you are in one of the main English-speaking countries, you are surrounded by others for whom English is a second language. I am English and I can immediately tell when someone is not a native English writer. That’s not disrespect, it is a fact. You were not taught good English in school, you were taught a very poor standard compared to those who have it as a first language. Just the same way that a foreigner trying to speak your native language would be immediately obvious to you, because it’s just all wrong.

The quality of your English skills opens up the world of online work for companies in the “English speaking world” – USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa. That’s a lot of opportunity – and those countries tend to pay better too. Study this tutorial every day until you no longer make these mistakes: The Top 12 15 English Grammar Errors That Most Filipino Writers Make – Fix These And Raise Your Writing Game / Resume 100% INSTANTLY

2. Typing Speed

The pace of your entire output, including the time it takes to exchange messages with your team, is ruled by your typing speed. If you are still searching around the keys to find the right letter, and “one finger typing” then it follows that any online work you do will be of a lower standard than someone who is a blazing fast typist – because there is no way you will be able to produce as much as them. There are tutorials online and you should always be seeking to increase your ability. Learning to “touch type” is a massive advantage. Study it.

3. Managing Your Life So That You Can Readily Work From Home

A lot of people take this for granted but it is a huge factor.

The first thing you have to remember is that working from home is still a real job. Just because you can wake up, walk across the room in your pajamas and then start work, and your boss is a long way away, that should not change the fact that you have to take it seriously.

Just because you are working from home, does not mean you have absolute freedom to do as you please. This is in some ways harder because you don’t have someone looking over you. So there are two things to note here.

a) Maintaining your internet and computer setup. As an online worker, you are responsible for your equipment. If it stops working, then you are out of the game until you fix it! I would recommend to work towards the point where you can have a spare computer (maybe a cheaper one just for an emergency) and a backup internet (pocket wifi). That way, if your computer goes down or the internet goes down, you can still carry on. Experienced VAs do this. You should also make sure your computer is secure. Always have your laptop password protected – because if (god forbid) it was stolen, the thief might then gain access not only to your files but all those of the company you are working for, which then becomes a real serious matter. The last step here – always have a backup of important files. This needs to become a strict habit, like brushing your teeth daily.

b) Eliminate distraction. Now if your phone is going off every 2 mins, your friends are chatting you, you have a baby on one knee and a laptop on the other, how well do you really think you will be able to concentrate? Not very. And if your boss sees you are signed in, but not doing anything, then they will know what is going on.

One of the important aspects for most VAs is managing the kids so that you can get on with your work.

The good news is that you have an opportunity for profit here. 😉 How much of every day do you spend doing chores and housework? Probably quite a few hours, and it is typical for a lot of Filipinas to be taking care of everything and everyone! But think about this – you can hire a maid / nanny to take care of the house and kids while you work on the computer – and you can earn more. Let’s say you have to pay the maid P500 per day, well on an online job you should be able to earn P1200 per day or more. So you end up doing the same amount of work but keep some money in your pocket – and that means you can work more hours on the computer, with better focus and get ahead. It is called efficient delegation and is an awesome skill. In life, it is good to work hard but advisable not to try to do everything yourself. So if you find yourself caught up in a lot of other chores, delegate. As a boss I push my VAs who have children to get a nanny / maid so that they can concentrate…. and make more money too!

4. Google Docs and Google Sheets

These apps are at the core of most businesses these days. If you have high proficiency in using them, you will be at an advantage. Can you write up a document in Google Docs so that it looks neat, contains links, and has good line spacing etc? Can you add functions, dates and currencies to Google Sheets? Take courses and study materials on the use of these two – there is plenty of free material available online.

5. Research

The ability to learn for yourself, through searching online, is a vital skill. Through the use of the major search portals (google, Youtube, wikipedia) you can dive into any topic and learn a lot. There has never, ever been a better time for learning than right now.

Learn to recognize quality sources of information and be aware that the barrier of entry is low. Anyone can put up a web page. And so there is a lot of stupid stuff out there. Learn to recognize the difference between good and bad, and to separate useful information from manipulative, false or useless information. A good article will generally contain numbered references to their research sources. Wikipedia is the classic example. Learn to follow the research sources and read the original source.

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These first five are essentials. After this, the next 5 are not absolutely essential but highly desirable and will put you ahead. Choose one (or more, but not too many) of the following and go super deep into it. They are all platforms that can enable you to launch a career.

6. WordPress

An astonishing 75,000,000 websites use WordPress, that is almost half of the 172,000,000 websites online!! So it is obvious that if you have WordPress skills, you have a great opportunity. A good place to start is to learn to create your own blog hosted on wordpress.com – and start learning how to use it. Learn how to install themes and plugins, learn how to upload images, embed Youtube videos, and write simple blog posts. Use your own WordPress blog as a “science lab” and experiment a bit. If you have readers already, create a new WordPress account that you can use to try things out, that nobody sees. The more you can learn about WordPress, the better – it is a great skill to have. Lots of free tutorials online – simply Google “free WordPress tutorials”.

7. Learn To Code

Code languages are what the web is built on. If you know HTML, CSS and Javascript, you have the ability to put great websites together from the ground up. If you learn PHP, MySQL and other languages, you can then go on into app development. There are unlimited opportunities for people with great coding skills.
Yes there is a lot to learn but don’t be daunted. Even learning a little bit of HTML and just getting your head around how it works, will be a good thing. And there are loads of free tutorials online. Start here: https://www.w3schools.com/

Note that you will need a code editor. Here is a free one that a lot of people use. Notepad++
If you are on Mac then check out BBEdit (which is amazing).

8. Graphics

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing platform for graphics and professionals use it the world over. If you have an interest in graphics, studying this app is an essential. It is the “Industry Standard”. There are countless free tutorials on Youtube and you can learn everything you need to know for free. Some of the basic skills are learning to resize images and “save for web” and learning to add text to an image and make a meme. Photoshop is not free, it is around $20 per month. There are free apps but these are nowhere near as deep.

Learn about image licensing / use. You can’t just take content that you find on the web and use it professionally, you could get into legal trouble. Understand how the Public Domain, Creative Commons (used by Wikipedia) and other forms of licensing work. There ARE websites that allow you to use their content for free, but they have specific “Public Domain” licenses that permit that. For example Pixabay.com. If there is no license, assume that you cannot just take the content.

9. Social Media Management

Now of course, social media is the most distracting thing in the universe. It is designed to be just that. But almost all businesses use it, so if you have skills in it, you will be in a good position to help. The most important ones to learn are Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and I would argue Pinterest because it sends amazing traffic. Full list here https://buffer.com/library/social-media-sites

Be aware that there is a big difference between using these sites as a professional and using them as a consumer. Facebook has an entire business platform, with fan pages, Facebook Ads, etc. Learn to create your own Youtube channel and figure out how everything works.

10. Video Creation

If you can learn to put videos together, this also is an extraordinary skill that will always have value. It’s not an essential for a VA but the more skills you have, the better. More advanced (paid) apps include Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. There may be some free apps out there but you would have to research that.

More tips: What Bosses Like

Bosses like:

a) Work done accurately and instructions followed well. If you don’t understand the instructions, by all means try to learn using Google, but if you are stuck, admit it and ask for help. Get into the habit of always checking your work. It only takes a few minutes at the end to just look over what you did. And you will nearly always catch some mistake when you do that. It happens to everyone.

b) Quick response to messages. Nothing worse for a boss than when you write to a VA and there is a day (or more!) of “radio silence” before they even check their messages. That working relationship is not going to last very long.

c) Eagerness for more work. As a boss, you don’t want to always feel like you are dragging everyone along. You want to feel that the team is dragging you along sometimes also! I look for eagerness, ambition and drive. This is what makes a good attitude. With those things and with a great attitude, everything else can be learned. Without those things, one is dealing with a person who is frustrating… and it won’t last long.

d) Hunger for learning. One of the important maxims of the internet is “Always Be Learning”. I would even go so far as to say that hunger to learn might be the single most important asset that someone could possibly have.

e) Honesty. When someone is working largely unsupervised, there is opportunity for dishonesty. There is the temptation to cheat. But that situation will not last long. Even if the boss does not catch you cheating, they can sense that something is not right. You claimed 8 hours but not much output. Or suddenly you jumped up to 100 hours per week. Generally speaking, bosses have seen all the tricks. I know when someone is outsourcing their work to their sister or cousin or whoever. Because it leaves trails. It also opens the company up to risk – one person did that working for me once and just passed on all the passwords to a person I had never communicated with, and no control whatsoever over what happened in that situation. I fired the person immediately upon finding out. Mistakes happen to everyone and can always be corrected, but dishonesty is a choice. A habitually dishonest person is a danger to any business, online or not.

f) Advanced skills. Anyone can make a basic post on Facebook or Instagram. But learning the advanced side of it – for example Facebook Ads, fan page management, Youtube channel management, – most people do not do that. Many people know a little web code, but you really get ahead when you develop some serious skills, so choose something you find interesting and aim to go deep into it and master it. The good news is that once again, the information on how to do these things is generally all out there for free.

g) Understand the “Value Equation”. Most people in the world are focused on what they want out of life. But the real secret of success is to figure out how to provide value to other people.

h) Reliability. Sounds obvious… but it is a skill. Do what you say you are going to do, keep people informed when something happens, and be online when you said you are going to be online. Don’t be a flake, because as they say “showing up is half the battle”.

Final Note

The internet is the biggest gold mine of the modern era. There is so much opportunity, it is ridiculous. More than you could ever possibly need – and it is still growing. Study hard and position yourself for success in the future.

That’s it! If you can think of other vital skills, please add them in the comments!

16 Absolute Golden Keys To Internet Business Success

16 Absolute Golden Keys To Internet Business Success
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This is a quick “power up” article. Print out these keys and post them on your wall. They will serve you well.

1. Don’t reinvent the wheel. All the data you need is available. Do what works.

2. You need an audience. If you have an audience you don’t need products (you can promote other people’s), you can generate leads, you can drive traffic, you can do it all.

3. You need customer retention. Don’t let them just fly away. Google “customer retention strategies”.

4. Locate genuine mentors and examples. Gurus are mostly snake oil salesmen. All sizzle and no steak. a) Look for people who are blowing it up without talking about it, and back engineer their method. b) Look for exceptionally bright young entrepreneurs who have just experienced vertical takeoff of their business and they cannot resist blogging about it and giving their method away free because they are so excited.

5. Continual learning is your friend. Study continuously, not being afraid of something because it seems difficult. The obstacle is very often exactly where the gold is.

6. Excel. In order for great success you have to do something better than others are doing it. Find out what that something is and hammer it.

7. Everything has a rise and a fall. Look at trends. Find something that is on the rise and position yourself to get in right as the curve begins to take off. By the time it has reached mass scale, with everyone and their dog wanting in… well, you know the old saying: “If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late”.

8. However, bear in mind that the internet is still growing. The number of people who actually have internet access is still growing. The number of people who can conduct a transaction online is still growing. Position yourself. There was one bubble in the late 90s. There has been another one in the last few years since Web 2.0. And e-commerce is still picking up steam.

9. Build. Do not stop. As an old internet Mastermind once said “Fill the fucking server til it is running on one leg”. If you stand around waiting for results, there will not be any. Better to overshoot the target than do just enough. So if you think you need a 1000 article website to achieve authority site status, aim for 2000. Or 10,000. And make them better than anyone else’s. If you can make a certain amount of money in one niche with one site, then why not go into 10 niches with 10 sites? It’s all there for the taking but you have to apply ass to chair and do it.

10. This is a long game. Look to create assets that will still have value in 20+ years. Some things are stepping stones but funnel that wealth back into assets with long term yield.

11. Email is still hot. – and will probably be for many years, despite all other messenger systems that have come in. Major businesses still use email for internal dialogue, for document transfer… the entire infrastructure of the web is built on it. It is a fundamental part of the internet in the same way that websites are. Email marketing is still one of the best things you can learn.

12. Outsource. You do not have time to do everything and you should not even be trying to. A good business is one that can run without you, in the same way that an engine can run without the person who invented the engine being present. If you are trying to do it all yourself, then your business does not have a business model worth having and it cannot scale. You can scale faster with a team, and outsourcers need the money.

13. Eliminate single points of failure. If you build your entire revenue stream around one traffic source, one product, one niche, then you are going to end up a victim when they make an algorithm change, or the product goes out of fashion, etc. Everything will have a fall. To be robust, diversify. Be distributed. I know businesses with 100 employees that went pop overnight because Facebook made an algorithm change. They thought they had it made with their 10M Facebook fans, and did not develop on other platforms. Bye bye.

14. The content that works on one platform will work on another. So long as it is in the right format. What I mean is this. A slamming headline is a slamming headline. You can use it for a Youtube video, for a Facebook post, etc etc etc. Data mine. Use research tools of all kinds to yield the top performing content of all kinds. Collect it and store it in your own private databases. This information is gold. Oh man I am giving you the keys to the kingdom here, I must be crazy. The same goes for images. And once again, see #1. The data you already need is all out there.

15. The content that works in one decade will probably work in another. What I mean is this. News becomes old news, and there are of course trends, and things that become worthless. But much of what worked like gangbusters 10 years ago, will work like gangbusters all over again. Even if a post went viral, most of the people in the world have not seen it. But how will you see that content? Ever tried scrolling back more than a month through a Facebook feed and seeing how it chokes the browser ridiculously after a certain point? My point is this. Start collecting databases and folders of slamming content now. Posts that went viral. Images that got 10,000 shares. In 10 years time, when everyone has forgotten about that post, you can bring it back, make your own version and have something that will predictably go viral all over again.

16. Don’t steal; add value. Borrow good ideas, legally. But learn copyright law and stick to it. Get permission for image use. Don’t lift articles, write your own (and if you have no value to add then why are you doing this anyway?)

17. Begin it now. In the words of Dan Pena, just fucking do it.