Bob Bly sent a great ezine to his online list today. He gets all the credit. But I wanted to share today too.
He shared personal information – about 1 – 13. Here are a few with my comments – being a fan of Bob – and also liking to respond and share my own.
“I hate gadgets and am no fan of Apple. I do not use or own an
iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, Blue Tooth, or any such modern
tomfoolery. To me each gadget you own is yet another thing that
will break down and require your time and attention — two precious
resources of which my supply is severely limited.”
ME: I own a Samsung 4 cell phone – a nice phone. I sell things on Amazon – as one of my primary businesses – and I use buying/selling phone apps to make buying decisions for my business. I use a DELL Notebook for most of my work at home. I do all my Facebook from my cell phone – to avoid viruses to my computer.
Bob commented on the kinds of movies he likes.
ME: We have my Amazon Prime at home, and have access to a lot of video. We enjoy these HBO TV series. It’s something Mark, my long-time domestic partner, and I can do together. We watch shows like The Good Wife, and Downton Abbey. Short enough – we’re not invested in a long movie.
“I once performed musically in front of a large audience at
the PNC NJ Arts Center, a huge amphitheater, playing baritone
sax solos with my high school jazz band.”
ME: IMPRESSED, BOB!
Bob: “When my kids were growing up, we shared an interest in pets
which we kept in six aquariums ranging from 5 gallons to 92
gallons. The coolest thing we owned: a freshwater stingray.”
ME: VERY INTERESTING as well.
“I like cats and love dogs. Two of the most traumatic moments
of my life were being present when our dogs Brownie, a sheltie,
and Princess, a golden retriever, were put to sleep.”
ME: VERY SENSITIVE.
Bob, “Like many people, I love the idea of living on a lake, river,
bay, or ocean but am not living the dream. Ironically, we own a
weekend lake house, but my wife will not agree to move into it
ME: I too love water. I’m also a swimmer – sort of a fish in water.
Bob: “In life I put my family first, my business second, and me
ME: LUCKY and Admirable. You’re a lucky man – to have a family you love and adore so much. I lived for many years in a new age Judeao-Christian community. That was my family from 1976 to 1997. I never married, until I left that community. That marriage was short lived. I’ve been with my boyfriend now for 11 years.
Bob: “I am pretty hard-working in my job but incredibly lazy at
home. I think it’s that I work such long hours and work so hard,
that after the work day ends I am just too tired to do much
aside from reading. But I do work out with a trainer 3 days a
week at a local gym.”
ME: I can’t afford to be lazy at home. Unfortunately – need to do something about that!
Bob reads a lot.
ME: I have books around me all the time – I buy and sell a lot of great books on Amazon. Rarely, have time it seems to sit down and read books from beginning to end. But do make an exception now and then. Wish it were more NOW than then!!
Bob: “I am reluctant to go to the movies but when my wife drags me
there, I usually enjoy it. My recent favorites: St. Vincent and
The Imitation Game. There are about half a dozen movies that I
watch repeatedly when they come on cable; four that come to
mind are Unbreakable, Galaxy Quest, Meteor Man (pitiful, I
know), and (no laughing, please) Water World.”
ME: There a lot of crummy movies at theaters… I think. But I do love the big screen and the atmosphere. Last movie Mark and I went to was the new movie on Steven Hawking. Free tickets too. Loved the movie!
Bob: “IMHO, the greatest thinker and sage of our age may be Louis
CK. Watch his standup on YouTube. Before him, George Carlin was
on the short list.”
ME: Need to watch this – Louis CK.
Bob: “As far as colds, flu, sore throats, and similar illnesses are
concerned, I almost never get sick. I haven’t had a cough or
fever in years, and I virtually never miss a day of work.”
ME: Me too!
Bob: When I was a preteen my great passion was chemistry and my
chemistry set. I see online that they sell chemistry sets for
adults, but I feel too silly buying one, though I am sorely
tempted. I do have a chemistry web site: www.mychemset.com.
ME: I like chemistry too.
Contact Bob and/or sign up for his great ezine:
Copywriter / Consultant
31 Cheyenne Dr.
Montville, NJ 07045
San Antonio, TX
What Experts Say About Starting Your Day
Every day – as an entrepreneur we are faced with decisions about what is the best way and how to start and plan our day. As entrepreneurs, we are responsible to answer this question.
Now we can listen to what Brian Tracy says, Timothy Ferris, how Steve Jobs did it — Bob Bly, Perry Marshall and his 80/20 rule, or other successful people in their day and today.
How I Start My Day
But today I’m going to give you a quick snapshot of how I do it – one of the ways.
I brainstorm for a few minutes first thing in AM. Jot down a few notes about my goals for the day and week, and long term. Skim those notes. Write out a ‘short list’ — one to a few words — of the same but with elaboration – to most everything I can think of that I could work on within the week.
Now, at the beginning of the year – I chose one word that was most important to guide me this year. I check off now from the short list those things most important, as I see it, for the immediate week or so, and today, that pertains to my word for the year.
Now I may have a list of 12 – 15 items or more. I trim this list down to the top most important 10. Then I prioritize this list from most important to least – with the numbers 1 – 10.
I take out an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, fold it 3x – in half, then in half again, and in half again.
I write on the pocket-size folded paper side that shows the 3 most important goals from my list for the day – written in a way that I can accomplish today. That piece of paper goes into the pocket of whatever I am wearing for the day — my pants, skirt, blouse/shirt — which I can refer to during the day to keep me on track.
I start a new full 8-1/2 x 11 sheet and list my 10 To-Do’s for the week from 1 – 10 prioritized from most important to least.
I start working on the first one. Knock it off. Then I’ll move on to #2. There may be some overlap. But basically the list of these most important things to do are worked thru from most important to least, checking off each one as it is finished.
Each day, if I like, I can update this 1 – 10 list.
Every year is different with a new emphasis. And 2015 is no different.
I’ve been selling on Amazon and building this business up for many years. And then each year, I also declare this is a year of writing.
For reasons I’d rather not elaborate on at this time, though – 2015 is going to be different. I’m really going to do it this year.
This year 2015 is going to be a year of hanging out my Shingle for writing-copywriting. This is going to be my year for striking while the iron is hot – and making a good living with copywriting-writing.
And I say this ….. and want to share a few notes I have in regards to this.
I have inventory I have bought for Amazon. Probably more inventory than my net worth. I don’t want to waste all that money I have put into things by walking away.
Since, I do not have savings in place to carry me over while starting a new business – instead I will do my Amazon business minimally as necessary to pay for basics.
But …. I will consider this a transition year of moving into the copywriting business as a primary source of livelihood.
This year 2015 – I am hanging out my Shingle to Copywrite-Write for a living. This includes LinkedIn, FB ads, Pinterest, YouTube. This includes blogging and growing my ezine list, and sending out my e-newsletter. It MAY include affiliate marketing and selling stuff through my writing. But I will be writing every day – blogging, writing my e-newsletter, landing a column for a marketing-writing publication on or off-line – and writing as my livelihood.
I invite you to come along for the ride. It should be fun!
A Writing Kind of Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sometimes I’m at my local health food store as much as once a day. My boyfriend likes the Synergy brand raw organic Kombucha. I do too — but I get the one that’s not too sweet. Yes, I read the label, and get the 2 gm of sugar only per 8 oz serving. It’s still probably more than I need. I don’t indulge often.
A matter of fact, my boyfriend is at Whole Foods right now — they have a little sports’ bar where he just watched our local basketball team the Spurs play a game.
But what I’m actually here to talk to you about tonight — is how to make a little money from clearance racks and shelves at places like your local food and specifically health food stores.
Don’t know why — but the little health food stores have a way of often clearing their shelves for new inventory. So, they pile high these shopping baskets with perfectly good clearance items.
After Christmas there were four times as many shopping baskets around the store with good stuff.
And I spent more than a couple of hundred dollars on all kinds of items — from gluten free, chocolate with Valentine’s Day in mind. I bought turkey stuffing mix — gluten free. Candies, snacks, peppered macadamia nuts. All kinds of fancy health chips — made from coconut chips, kale and even parsnips!
No wonder they had to clear the shelves — all these exotic eclectic taste treats.
I bought free market trade powdered sugar, date sugar. Organic graham cracker crusts. And Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour mix. Maca powder.
All of the items, except a few for my own pantry, are selling for a profit on Amazon. And today we prepared 86 items to send into the Amazon warehouse for me to sell via Amazon’s Fulfillment-By-Amazon (FBA) service.
Took off store labels, slapped on our Amazon labels. Cushioned fragile items like the pie crusts. Packed the stuffing — nuts and snacks — into 5 good clean boxes. And I still have more — chocolate bars and snacks for Valentine treats, bundles and gifts. A few for eBay.
But I do want to say — if you’re ever in this position as I am occasionally, check out the gluten free. Gluten free products are very popular at this time. They sell fast — so you get your money back quickly. Check each product individually, of course, so you’re not competing too closely with Amazon or another Seller who has a 100 in stock. But with all the different brands, sizes and shapes, flavors and varieties of gluten free — there’s opportunity.