A Year and a Half Later
I finally got out of customer service, finally got out of the Fortune 500, in hopes that this new job will be something awesome. We shall see. Thank you, Jesus.
Customer Service Equals
Customer service = putting up with people’s shit all day I don’t want to come home and put up with more shit.
Writing every day
Stephen King is a champ, logging 2500 words every morning before he leaves his desk. Somebody famous wrote that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. If I write 10,000 hours, I possibly could become a master writer. I would at least be better, even if not a master, per se. And a lot of other people say the best way to reach that 10,000 hour mark is to do it every day, just like Mr. King. ...
No Overtime Today
An Escape From Excessive Time Whoredom Trading time for money is a bad deal. Steve Pavlina says so. Jonathan Edwards says so too. For different reasons, both of these “thought leaders” explain that the value of time is so great that any price tag put on it is far below its true value. Like most people, though, my occupation is based on this broken value system. As I have mentioned...
A Victim of the Shiny-Object Syndrome
If you have a problem or a need, chances are you can find a “solution” online. Or if there isn’t one yet, there will be soon. I have a need to make lots of money. Why? Because I feel that I’m drowning in debt. I also hate the job I’m in. Rather than bemoan my situation and play the victim — like so many do — I have been trying since early in 2011 to...
Amazon Sets Up Lending Library for Amazon Prime... →
Today the world’s biggest bookseller is opening up shop as a lending library. That’s right, Amazon is getting into the book lending business, albeit on a very small scale. This is good for Kindle owners, and a sign that Amazon is going to go to the mat to ensure that it puts a Kindle in as many hands as possible. The company is announcing the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library,...
Teaching Sells on How to Choose a Topic
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I am not a fly
Sometimes the buzzing is intolerable. A few months ago, our was house was seemingly invaded by flies. I don’t know where they came from, but it was ridiculous. One day when I was in the grocery store, I remembered our fly situation and took a look in the pest control section. For less than $2 I picked up a package of four “fly ribbons.” Each ribbon is rolled up in a canister a...
Courting The Elusive First Client
Rejection is a bitch. My number one entry on my task list for Monday was to “email a potential client.” Well, I did. In fact it was the first direct contact I’ve had with any potential clients towards my dream of being a copywriter. What high hopes I had! Though for no real reason. Yeah, I think I’m great. But what have I to show for it? Especially in a new industry that...
Excitement and anticipation of the unknown surged through my body as my friend Taguchi drove me through the foothills of Japan in the Kansai region. We were headed to a local observatory which rested atop one of the higher foothills in the region. As we drove further, the urban sprawl of modern Japanese cities steadily declined, replaced by lush Asian foliage. Before we reached our final...
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“Employers that offer flexible work arrangements saw less turnover last year”
The alarm clock starts it incessant chirp at 8 o’clock. The tired writer rolls out of bed and moves swiftly across the room to stop its screaming (he leaves it on the chest of drawers across the room as a method to keep himself from slipping back to sleep). After a quick visit to the bathroom, he lights up a cigarette and begins to write. Alexander, his beagle mix, emerges from the...
Speculations on Dan Kennedy's Big Picture
I am by no means an insider, just an observer. My exposure to two (apparently) separate marketing campaigns for Dan Kennedy products have produced the following observations. Dan Kennedy’s Information Marketing Niche Course for Copywriters I recently purchased a product from AWAI (American Writers & Artists, Inc.) in hopes of breaking free from the corporate world. Shortly after my...
A Corporate Drone or An Entrepreneur: A Lesson...
Several events over the past several months have caused a drastic change in my thinking. Let me back up. I got married in May, 2010. Prior to that I had: No debt An idea of what I wanted to do A plan for how to do that I love my wife dearly, and I was glad to provide for her the kind of wedding she wanted. I don’t know what was going on with her parents, but they weren’t as...
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