You’d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You’d resist the temptation to dabble. You’d make more good decisions and you’d make more big decisions. Warren Buffet
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Life Advice a’ la Warren Buffet
With conspiracy theories rampant / or reality — who knows for sure — about the economy, the Bilderbergers, etc. I never know.
But all that aside. I’ve been a big fan of Warren Buffet. I think he’s brilliant. He lives humbly — and his business acumen — OMG!!!!
This week I found the above quote, which I pass on, because I like it a lot. This was delivered to Investors. And we’ve heard from Mr. Buffet: Only buy stock in a company you would want to own for 100 years.
But apply this to ones life, to our careers, our niche, brand, freelance work as well as investing — pretty good thinking:
“You’d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You’d resist the temptation to dabble. You’d make more good decisions and you’d make more big decisions. “
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A Go at Storytelling – Components and Pretend
It’s the Gremlin really that’s more responsible for this problem and situation more than anyone else — she ducks and hides behind boxes, inside boxes. She’s not Real of course. But she has a sort of persona. She won’t ever let anyone take a really good look at her. Instead she goes behind the woman’s back and messes everything up. Seems she is always at it. She goes into a box of papers for instance – blows like the north wind. Scrambles things with her hands. Throws them up in the air – without a care about where they land.
It’s reeeeaaaaaally aggravating.
She’ll do things like misplace notes and papers of things the woman is working on right at the moment. Then the woman has to start all over again – when she already did the work.
The woman really doesn’t like this little wench.
The Gremlin is everywhere and in everything. Even when boxes are being prepared for shipments of goods being sold – the gremlin will grab the scizzors and place them in the oddest of places where they can’t be found. She’ll do the same with markers, tape and even the items to be boxed themselves. She thinks it is great fun, and can be caught laughing and holding her sides and even rolling on the floor in mirth.
Very aggravating to the woman.
Heroine (or main character) – A well-meaning woman who wants to do better and get her business off the ground and successful, with low stress, lots of love and efficiency.
Plot – How the issue developed in brief. Overcoming the issue of disorganization, confusion and chaos in a business and life – outpictured as procrastination and inefficiency. How the problem is overcome – to victory!
Instigators – some people in the house and within her network — and the Gremlin of course.
The Problem — too much confusion – on woman’s computer – in her life – among her things — belongings and papers particularly. Problem’s inveigled various levels of her life – her emotions, which then seeps into her thoughts and mind.
Trying here to show what a story is composed of. The world loves a good story. A good story can sell goods. This is one way, to plot out a bit of a simple story before we go at it – who is the hero, the instigator, what is the plot, the problem and the resolution.
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Back-to-School Season on Amazon - NOW
It’s Back-to-School season. That means textbooks and school books to me –
but all kinds of things, right.
I have backpacks, purses, luggage to sell – iPad covers, cell phone cases –
gadgets like calculators, earphones, mice and keyboard. Then there’s Hooked
on Phonics sets.
There are battery chargers, windshield wipers, adapters for various kinds
of plugs, even a GPS satellite thingy for cars.
Textbook season comes twice a year for me – in the fall and in the spring
or winter. It is December / January before spring semester. And it is August /
September before fall. Back-to-school for the kiddies is now — late summer!
I use a Personal Device Assistant (PDA) with a scanner for my books and many
barcode items — and then I use apps on my phone to fine tune my selections.
A few things are from clearance at retail stores – like backpacks, tote bags,
sealed gadgets. And a lot is from yard and estate sales, and thrift stores.
This is called Arbitrage. Buying low and selling higher.
I found a lot at a neighborhood yard sale recently, up the road 12 to 15 miles –
where it was real pretty and green, and house after house was having a yard sale.
I have quite a lot. Sorting thru, taking pictures, cleaning up, packing for shipping
is not my most favorite job. So, I’m hiring my boyfriend. He likes to help, and
doesn’t mind the pocket change. I’ll do most of the computer work – research,
listing on Amazon. And then:
1) pictures – most of the items are not on Amazon – yet, until I list them
2) UPC codes for new items not already on Amazon – Amazon insists on UPC
numbers. Barcodes suffice – unless the item doesn’t have one.
3) some items will go to eBay – they need good pictures
4) Hooked on Phonics – I have 3 boxed sets – some are missing booklets or CDs.
What is missing? Note this in Descriptions, and/or call the company and
5) Phoenix Theory cassette tapes for court reporter training – where do
we sell those? – I think court reporters have their own websites and hangouts
6) Amazon likes white backgrounds – may need to send some pics to a $5 pro
on www.fiverr.com who knows how to set backgrounds white
That’s some of what will need to be done. Pretty easy once we get it all sorted out.
Set up a system. Because I want to get back to writing on my 2nd eBook gig since
April — Yay! Good thing for me Mark is learning how to do some of this.
Hope your summer is going well!
P.S. I’m also looking for a virtual assistant – someone who can do online research
to start. Not managing my Amazon store and inventory or anything like that.
But looking up information – finding product information specifics, for instance.
Any ideas of someone you think might be a good, let me know. Thanks!
P.S.S. Look for me on Pinterest.com! It’s a great place for showcasing — things
that inspire, places to visit, products we use, books and a lot of nice pictures!
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One of the key things I do to bring in sales on Amazon is what I call updating. It’s part of managing inventory.
Of course, the first thing one needs to do — if you haven”t done it yet, and you are interested, is open an account on Amazon.
Yes, without an account, you can’t do anything.
I opened my Amazon account in 2002. I opened my account on eBay about a year later.
But first things first, open an Amazon account. You’ll need a credit card.
When you get ready to open an Amazon Seller account, you’ll need your bank account information too — a place Amazon can deposit money for sales you make.
OK. Today I’ll stop here. This will give you something to do or think about regarding Amazon.
Next time we can go a little deeper — and I’ll talk to you about managing inventory and updating prices.
So, if you’re interested, you can also starting thinking about things you’d like to sell on Amazon.
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