Power of Goal Setting

Whether you’re a believer in goal setting or not, Jack Canfield offers simple steps and advice on how you can move forward in this area. It’s as simple as:

1. Deciding what you want.

2. Take control of your thoughts.

3. Visualize what you want.

4. Make a plan.

5. Take action!

While these steps are simple, it doesn’t mean that they are easy to do. Most people don’t even get started at number 1.

The richest place in the world is 6ft under

I read somewhere that the richest place in the world is not the bank but the graveyard. It’s where potential is left 6 feet under and unrealized dreams, ideas, abilities, talents are lost forever.

Looking at accomplished actors, artists, businessmen who have left the world but left an impact in the world, who are legends in their own right but are no longer with us…they in their lifetime, left a legacy of proof that they produced the most results, happiness, content to the world. Just think of the people in their own field of speciality. Take Michael Jackson, Robin Williams and Steve Jobs for example. These great legends inspire people in a huge way bringing music, humor, gadgets that change lives in a massive way. Each of which had their share of ups and downs but regardless, they were producers that added value to life.

Like this story elegantly puts it:

“Imagine on your deathbed, standing around you are the ghost of your dreams, the ideas, the abilities, the talents GIVEN to you by life and that YOU for whatever REASON, you never WENT after that dream, you never ACTED on those ideas,you never USED those talents, you never USED those gifts, there they are standing around you on your bed, looking at you with large angry eyes saying WE came to YOU only YOU could have given us LIFE and now we must DIE with you FOREVER…”

It’s time to achieve and live life to the fullest. Every single day counts, every single day matters.

Studies show that it takes 5 years for a bamboo tree to grow to its fullest height.

But it requires consistent daily cultivation, watering, fertilizer and pest control to get it to where it needs to be, a strong and thriving bamboo tree at the 5th year. 

It’s the daily actions that matter. I learned this from Brendon Burchard, author of the Millionaire Messenger. He states that a huge part of succeeding in life is in the area of knowing your mission. Once you know that, all you need to do is master your mind and craft your life the way you want it to be. But it will take work, cultivation and discipline. There are no shortcuts, you’ve got to learn how to say no to distractions and push forward towards completing your life goals with absolute clarity and focus.

The only way to do this is to focus on what’s most important. Doing one thing at a time.  Coming from the age of digital A.D.D, I’ve been constantly flooded with  information overload, overloaded opportunities and trying to do everything at one go. This in turn becomes my very own enemy.

Doing one thing at a time, everyday will eventually lead to mastery in skill. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s in taking time to master one skill, doing it well.

Speaking of skills, I happened to watch Asia’s Got Talent on Astro recently and one of the most moving scene that caught my eye was this 12 year old Thai girl who played the ukulele and within 2 years she had complete mastery of the instrument, which one of the judges said was a “toy”. I wish I could find the clip and post it here but when she strummed the ukulele, everyone was moved. It was amazing. Her father was in tears and everyone was in tears. Including me. Even a “toy” can be mastered.

With that said, what would be a skill, talent, dream and goals that you would like to achieve and not have it buried 6ft under and show it to the world? It takes courage to do so but courage comes from faith and believing in yourself.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…

Capture Full Site Screenshot with this Chrome Plugin

I recently discovered this tool and it has been an awesome tool especially when it comes to saving websites as an image. It trumps Jing (another screenshot tool) especially when the website is longer than a single page. Great for researching websites and modeling websites that are interesting. It’s fairly straightforward. Click the image below to add this plugin to your Chrome browser.

Full screenshot chrome plugin

Making Your Site Responsive With WordPress Jetpack

If your WordPress Website is still not responsive, you will need to do so because Google will be factoring mobile responsiveness to their search engines. Anyways, it’s definitely good to have as most people are surfing the web on their smartphones and you’ll definitely want it to be in an easy to consume format.

Fortunately wordpress Jetpack saves the day with their mobile theme function.

These are the instructions:

Step 1:

s1

Step 2:

s2

Step 3:

activateplugin

Step 4:

s3

Step 5:

boostenhance

Step 6:

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Step 7:

final

Amazing Posts by Shaqir Hussyin

I discovered Shaqir late 2013 during the Empower Network hype and there’s one thing that I know about him is that he’s a hustler and producer. Building a home business in the Internet Marketing, Network marketing industry can be really challenging and in most cases, extremely competitive but he found his own edge and point of differentiation. At a young age of 26, he’s definitely made an impact. There are just numerous internet marketers at this age range, including the founder of MOBE.

But I can definitely relate to his experience as I’ve worked with several multi-millionaire entrepreneurs in the home business industry and have definitely seem some ins and outs of the industry over the past 7 years of my online marketing experience.

You can read more at his blog, really worth the gold:

http://shaqirhussyin.com/13-lessons-i-learned-whilst-building-3x-million-dollar-lifestyle-businesses-at-the-age-of-25/

http://shaqirhussyin.com/14-things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started/

April and What’s Ahead

Wow, it’s already the beginning of April and my goodness, it’s a busy month. I’m involved in an upcoming online product launch that will help a lot of people learn how to close online. I’ll be sure to let you in on the product once it’s launched.

It’s been awhile since I’ve run some paid traffic campaigns and built a list for myself (though I’ve been doing it for other businesses with a lot of success), so I’ll be getting in the game again. While I’m doing that, I’ll be sure to post updates and let you know how that goes. It’ll be me starting from scratch all over again and getting conversions and so on.

There will be full transparency and you’ll be able to see my progress and what happens behind the scenes. I may not reveal the offer to protect the niche that I’m in but in any case, I’ll be posting screenshots where relevant so that you can follow my journey.

I’ll have to come up with a plan here and then post the journey ahead.

WIT – Whatever It Takes

I haven’t shared this story before and I feel that it’s worth mentioning as my readers may benefit from this.

Over the past 2 years, I have had the privilege to work with a prolific internet marketer Peng Joon. I was offered a position at Smobble due to standing out among a few hundred applications as I was the only one with a YouTube resume, an idea which I derived from the well-known Zappos.com and Vishen Lakhiani of Mind Valley. I stumbled upon Smobble due to subscribing to an Internet Marketing job feed on Jobstreet. But the only reason why this company stood out is the company name and mainly, I was able to perform a Whois search(which led me to discover Peng Joon and Smobble) on a gaming website which I so happened to stumble upon during the yesteryears of Diablo 3, when it first launched online.

I was working from home full time, consulting and playing online games during my free time and eventually discovered this hidden gem of an Internet Marketing start up in Malaysia. With boredom of working on my own and the itch to work with like-minded people, when the job feed popped up, within hours I immediately jumped on the opportunity to submit an application. Through experience and learning that time does not wait for anyone, I’ve learned to NOT wait for an opportunity to land on my lap BUT SEIZE it the moment it becomes available. This behavior is apparent when I also won a free seat to Andy Harrington’s speaker’s seminar among the thousands of people who were at the National Achiever’s Congress 2013. But this is not the first time that I’ve won a free seminar worth thousands of dollars. I’ve won courses online and received free courses as a result of my ability to seize the moment and doing WIT (Whatever It Takes) to succeed.

The posting of a YouTube resume worked out well given the fact that upon submitting a video resume, I received a call shortly within an hour for a call in to be interviewed. Long story short, I was offered the position of an Internet Marketing Specialist and within a 2 year period, rose to a Project Director position.

At every level, I was able to contribute towards the company in the area developing new projects and hiring new employees to fill in the gaps whenever required. I’ve never worked harder, in fact, created and produced so much results in a short time span. Results in the area of sales, developing systems, performance marketing. The scope of work was beyond my job description as I hustled and did more than I should, in the effort to push myself beyond my limits and personal potential.

Soon after, I then built a profitable web hosting company from scratch, closely modelling my previous hosting company and adapting it for big business. The gap that I lacked but was quickly filled was mainly in the marketing segment of a web hosting company and the psychology of pricing,upsells, which I quickly come to understand through the tutelage of Peng Joon. I learned that through modelling a successful web hosting company, I would eventually generate similar or close to similar results.

At another point, I was closing for a training event of which close to 20 people attended paying an upwards of RM2000-RM6000 a pop for a business opportunity that could potentially change their lives, just two days before my daughter was born. This result too, was not by accident. I was taught some valuable insights on the use of psychology and sales persuasion through proper use of questions and words. I also read numerous books in the topic of selling in the effort to generate results within a short period of time. The key in my ability to generate results was in the area of the speed of implementation. I learn, then implement. It’s always in this scenario that I tend to generate results.

Again, I learned the speed of implementation due to my experience in affiliate marketing and SEO, knowing market trends and the timing of a specific product launch, allowed me to make affiliate commissions quickly, within hours of the launch. This is the law of the first mover in the market. Any first movers, will significantly have an upstart advantage against any sort of giants. I learned this quickly in my early years as an internet marketer. Again, time waits for no one. Take action, quickly within the scope of acquired knowledge and understanding.

Another door of opportunity opened when I was pitching to some of the biggest corporate clients in Malaysia namely Sunway Properties, Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline and had the opportunity to manage and consult on their digital assets in various capacities namely YouTube marketing, Google Adwords, Facebook Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Online Lead Generation, Traffic and Conversion metrics, Google Analytics reporting, A/B split testing, ad testing, remarketing and Facebook custom audiences. All of which involved a lot of hard work, tenacity, overtime work, late nights, even in the days where I was handicapped due to a slipped disc and additional pains that came along. Even during my time of hospitalisation, I was consulting at proxy and a well-intentioned man at the hospital was telling me off as I was appearing to work way too much that I have neglected my health in light of the fact that I’m a family man. Acknowledged and understood. One thing that I’ve learned too, is that being an extreme workaholic takes a toll on my health despite the fact that I’m 100% passionate about what I’m doing. I’ve since cut back on this and take it slightly easier in life. Striking a balance in work and family life, is really important. I was 26, now that I’m 27, I little wiser, a little older and not at all a hero.

Being involved directly in the pitching, fulfilment and managing all the assets as a project manager gave me the opportunity to view some of the insights of the Malaysian market, having access to some of the largest and biggest adspenders in nation, close to 6 figures in adspend and more. While I have had friends who have managed million dollar adspends as well, it’s immensely gratifying to be able to manage huge numbers and conversions.

All in all, an incredible experience. I wouldn’t trade anything for it. Life is good. I’ve got a lot more to share but these are some of my insights or experience in the marketplace. Maybe I’ll have a part 2 when I get the time and comment if you’ve enjoyed reading this, it’ll give me more of an incentive to write more.

Spoke at Sunway University

It was Thursday when I had the opportunity to speak in front of final year Finance, Business and Marketing students at Sunway University on the topic of “pitching”. The topic: “How To Pitch to Venture Capitalist?” Coming from my early years of starting an online business and corporate business experience, this topic is near and dear to my heart and I’ve had some success in this area.

I’ll share in more detail at another time.

It gives me much joy that I was able to make a difference and inspire young business students who will one day start a business or be involved in any form of business.

There were a few students who lingered after the end of my presentation to ask questions and it’s really awesome to be able to help stir their minds on the possibilities of the internet and the magnificent opportunity that is ahead of them if they took action. These students will be the future of Malaysia in the world of business and you’ll never know what their contributions be.

Of WordPress Glitches and Fiverr

Well, I haven’t had the chance to blog for about a few days now as things were very busy and Joel Bauer was in town! When the guru of the gurus is in town, one might be wise to listen and learn. As usual he is a true master when it comes to teaching how to speak and he’s quite the entertainer. I’ll post a video of him doing an amazing card trick when I get the chance. Anyways, side stepping to the heart of the matter now…

To my dismay, my blog was suspended by my host and a malware warning was issued. This isn’t my first encounter with malware and it’s no surprise to me. I’ve fixed and solved many different malware / hacking issues before so I’m not all too worried about what happened to my site. However, it’s certainly inconvenient to have to lodge an unsuspension request and then log in to WordPress and get things fixed.

Mainly the issue that caused my problem was due to a folder which I installed WordPress on elishahong.com and many or several of the plugins/themes are somewhat outdated and therefore were vulnerable. I had to first delete the old wordpress folder and then restore my site to former glory by making sure that everything is updated. What really ticked me was the fact that I’ve already taken precautionary measures but yet again, such things happen. If this was a money site, I would have lost 2-3 days of revenue for the downtime.

There are many paid services out there which allows for website defacement monitoring and as WordPress is such a vulnerable platform, that service might be useful for anyone running a high traffic website. But I think the best option would be to have your site hosted on a WordPress specialized host such as WPEngine.com and or TrafficPlanetHosting.com which will protect your site from automated malware shenanigans. Also, backing up your site is important and a good plugin for that would be WordPress Duplicator, WP Clone and VaultPress. All of which are important tools for disaster prevention.

Speaking of duplication, on another tangent…I embarked on a test project not too long ago last year specifically on Fiverr(Site where you can pay anyone to do anything for $5) and just from one market alone in the WordPress Duplication niche, I was able to get to a level 2 seller rather quickly and also made a cool $2000 all completely part time during my stint as “Fiverr-lancer”. It was just an experiment and mainly to broaden my skill sets and exposure to numerous types of web hosting and WordPress duplication techniques and it was nice being able to get paid for it. I’ve since retired on Fiverr as I realized that mini-jobs doesn’t fit me very well and that it was just a fun little experiment. I must say though that I’ve met a few interesting customers around the world and a few had offered me amazing deals such as putting my ads for free on their high traffic website and even mailing a book to my home all the way from Australia.

I’ve also met a few Warriors from the Warrior forum who gave me some bigger gigs and sent clients my way as I was performing well for them. In some sense, it was a rich experience. Will I do it again? Probably not. The people who shop on Fiverr are trying to get the cheapest work they can find and high quality work is equally expected. Since I rarely disappoint, I’ve had people who were willing to pay me 10-40x the amount of a basic $5 gig. That would be around $50-$200 or so. I still have many repeat customers but I’ve had to turn them down as well. There are so many people with similar skills and the way I differentiated myself was by providing value added services such as a free-tune up for their WordPress and a guide to transferring their site.

But for anyone who are looking to free up their time and run a bootstrapped business, Fiverr would be the place to go and get some talent. You’ll have to shop for a bit and find the right vendor who can do a good job. For anyone looking for part-time income, create a gig and make some money. That’s definitely possible!

On a personal note, I burned my thumb while heating up some food today and while washing the dishes, my plates broke and cut my wrist. I’m okay though! As a husband, I’ve got to take care of food and wash the dishes..oh the joy! not to mention..throwing out the trash. That’s mandatory for sure. Life is good. Life is good.