Starting An Amazon FBA Business

Last Wednesday I was looking at books in a local book store when I noticed a woman looking at a stack of books with her cell phone in her hand.  I sensed she was scanning the bar code with her phone and price checking them, which she was.  I asked her if she was selling books online and then she said yes.  I’ve often thought of doing this but I never wanted to compete with people selling books for a penny and then try to make a dollar through shipping.  Also, I didn’t want to drive to the post office every day to deliver a book or several books.

 

Then it happened.

This lady gave me some 411 on Amazon FBA.  Amazon FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon, which means Amazon Continue Reading…

How To Change Your Past

“Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future”. -Arnold H. Glasow

Does your past haunt you?  Do you have failures, hurts and disappointments that affect your confidence and actions today?

I do.  My life is riddled with bad decisions and the consequences from my actions.  If you’re like me, you realize you cannot change your past, or can you?

Can our past become not only a tool for learning what to do and what not to do, but also an ally to help us live the life we dream of?  Yes, and there are two ways to do this. Continue Reading…

How To Stop A Losing Streak And Think Like A Superbowl Winner

photo by Sutton Parks

photo by Sutton Parks

So, how are your New Years Resolutions or your yearly goals going?  Have you failed yet?  I have.

One area that I’ve failed at already is weight loss.  My weight dipped down to 235 lbs on Monday, January 28th,  which is down from 271 lbs on Nov. 1, 2013.  I knew I was on course to make my goal of losing 12 lbs. in January, which would put me at 233.

Another goal I had was to Continue Reading…

7 Critical Lessons I’ve Learned From Financial Failure

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I’ve failed again in 2013.  It was a doozey too.  Even though I hadn’t used  credit cards in five years I still had old credit card debt that needed to be paid.  Instead of focusing on paying them off I focused on increasing my income and took two financial risks the last few years to increase it.  They didn’t seem risky at the time however the result was both incidents cost me money instead of making me money.

January, 2011

The first one was a publishing contract for one of my songs.  Two men I respected from church approached me to pitch a couple of my songs to major country artists in Nashville.  One of the guys was in publishing twenty years ago and wanted to get back into the game.  It was a bit flattering.  The five page contract they handed me didn’t seem right, however.  I decided to get some legal advice.

With the advice of one of the top music business attorneys in Nashville I decided to Continue Reading…

How I Make $2,800 A Month Part-Time

 

 

Do you need some extra cash but you don’t want to work for $10/hour delivering pizza’s to do it?  Check this out.

As a musician/bar singer in Nashville, TN I always had a job to pay rent, etc.  Gigs were feast and famine; some months I’d be busy playing gigs and some months not so busy.  During the week I worked many seasonal jobs on farms, local wineries and in hotels.  Even that work was inconsistent depending on the weather and the needs of the employer.  So in 2008 I started Cool Springs Office Cleaning.

Dan Miller always says to Continue Reading…

The 2 Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned From Dave Ramsey

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So, how is your financial peace?  Seriously, do you worry about money.  Does that worry cause you behave differently, like eat a little more, smoke, drink to excess or lay around feeling lethargic?

Worrying about anything causes anxiety.  Anxiety can cause health problems (here’s a list) including digestive problems, depression, headaches and fast heartbeat.  Has that happened to you?

Let me tell you my experience.  For years I kept track of what I spent after I spent it.  I knew where my money was going after the fact.  It was good to know this but Continue Reading…

What’s On Your Plate? The Power Of Focus

 

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Do you have trouble juggling work, family, social events while trying to build a business or create art?  This is a common area of struggle for people and I would like to share a story.

Over lunch with sales coach Pierce Marrs, he told me about how he started his business.  He was thinking of starting a weekly blog, a podcast and a newsletter all at once.  Pierce has a successful career in sales,  a family and church activities he is involved with.   His friend, Chuck Bowen, advised him that Continue Reading…

Res Firma Mitescere Nescit For Success

Have you ever lost weight only to gain it back?  What about quit smoking and started back?  Have you saved $1,000 as a security fund and then spent it?  I have done all of these over and over.

In fact, one study following people who had lost a significant amount of weight Continue Reading…

The Key Ingredient To Making Your Goals

 

Will 2014 be a repeat of 2013 for you?  Will you lose weight, get a raise, move to a new city, travel or find that special relationship you’ve been looking for?  The key to making 2014 a better year will be the actions you take.  You must act and you must be prepared to suffer to achieve.

That’s how it is with me.  Nothing ever comes easily to me.  I have plenty of ability but only if I work twice as hard as the next guy.  I’ve made the Dean’s List in college, rode my bike 100 miles in a day, ran 13 miles, started a business and learned to write songs throughout my life.  None of it was easy.  I had to suffer and work my ass off every step of the way.  If I ever stopped working hard I would lose everything I gained.  That’s how it is with me and I suspect it may be that way for you as well.

I’ve discovered that Continue Reading…

How I Turned My Life Around In 6 Steps, And You Can Too!

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Have you ever gotten into a funk and needed to turn your life around?  Have you ever set a bunch of goals and then failed to accomplish them?

I have, a lot!  I’ve learned that when coming back from a setback or a funk you’ve got to identify a couple of Keystone goals:  One or two goals that would make the biggest difference in your life if you achieved them.  These are the goals will give your life the biggest bang for the buck.

 

Step 1

The first step is to Continue Reading…

The Spartan Death Race Theory of Goal Setting

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At the end of October of this year I was reflecting on my life and why I was stuck.  I was fat, broke and not improving.  “How can I get out of this funk”, I was asked myself.  I picked up my journal and started reviewing the past few years. Inside my journal I had recorded my weight, the amount of money I had saved, what is going on in life at that time and how I was feeling.  2010 was a banner year for me. I could see where I was overweight at the beginning of that year and my weight progressively went from 234 in March to 200 pounds in August, which is the least amount I’ve weighed in all of my life.  I was running every day and could run 13 miles. I self-confident and inspired.

Reviewing My Journal

So I started looking at each day in my journal for that year. What was I doing?  What was Continue Reading…

The One Critical Question For Self-Improvement

 

 

Am I better off today than I was a week (or month, etc) ago?

 

 

This Is Your Life, tribute to Dan and Joanne Miller of 48 Days

How I Failed To Launch

This isn’t a fun post to write.  It’s about a failure, or should I say, another failure.

I had planned to re-launch my book, You Can Sleep In Your Car But You Can’t Drive Your House To Work, on August 27th.  I had it all set up.   I even had 28 incredible people signed up as a launch team.  Yet for almost two months I’ve been relatively silent on my blog.

What Happened 

On July 9th I had a knock on my door.  When I opened the door Continue Reading…

How To Conquer Defeat Like Scarlett O’hara

“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me.  I’m going to live through this and when it’s over I’ll never be hungry again.  No nor any of my foe.  If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill.  As God is my witness I’ll never be hungry again!” -Scarlett O’hara   

All great comebacks start with determination.

What can you learn from this video?  Can you learn to channel your anger and frustrations to overcome obstacles in your life?

Advice From the Red Hot Chili Peppers Regarding Your Song, Book or Art

 

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Recently I hired a studio and producer to record one of my songs, This Is Your Life.  When the song was finished I was so excited and I knew it was a potential hit if I could get enough people to listen to it.  So I made a radical decision, I decided to give it away for free.

It is a radical decision because this song is the pay off for years of dedication and sometimes frustrating work.  Eighteen years ago I got rid of all my possessions except what would fit in my car and I moved to Nashville, TN, home of Country Music, to pursue a career in music.

I hung out with other songwriters and played at the Bluebird Cafe and other bars that hosted songwriter nights in Nashville.  I listened for song ideas at work, at the mall, in the bars and everywhere else I went.  I wrote the ideas on a napkins, notebooks or my hand if I didn’t have paper.  I’ve written close to 1,000 songs and

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This Is Your Life in Jelly Beans

Recently I attended Jon Acuff’s start club in Franklin, TN where he showed this video.

Tell me, if you only had one handful of jelly beans (days) left, would you do anything different with them?  If so, what?

Are You A Zombie?

Ask yourself these three questions:

1.) Have I ever sat in my cubicle on a sunny day, looking out a window and wished that I was weed eating the grass outside like the landscaping crew instead of being locked up inside?

2.) Have I ever finished paying all my bills to find out I have no money for myself?

3.) Do I have to get approval from my boss to take a vacation?

 If you would rather be outside and your career has left you broke then why not quit?

When the power is in the game and you suck at the game you can either get better at the game or quit.  If you are not a good fit for the game, in this case corporate business, then you will never win.  If you quit the game, then you take all of the power away from it and can start taking control of your life.

For example, after I quit my corporate job Continue Reading…

Can You Get Paid to Smile?

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Smiling with author Jon Acuff

I own and run Cool Springs Office Cleaning in Franklin, TN.  We specialize in cleaning office condo’s of 4,00 square feet or less. You know those one story buildings in a business area of town that houses Consultants, Real Estate agents with eight or ten office condo’s per building. (Here are 5 tips for starting a service business)

What are you like when no one is looking?

Usually they are vacant when I clean on the weekends and the parking lots are empty. That was always the case except for one of my accounts. Every weekend one of the offices had a car parked out front. Sometimes when I left the area or when I was entering I see a businessman outside smoking so I always smiled Continue Reading…

Frogs and Why I Quit Bitchin’

 

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For the past ten years I’ve wanted professional recordings of my songs.  I told my friends how I couldn’t afford it and I’d never make my money back but I needed them promote my songs. I didn’t save the money and book a studio, all I did was bitch.

For the past seven years I have tried to quit smoking.  I’ve told all my friends why I going to quit and how hard it is to quit and why I failed to quit. I didn’t quit, all I did was Continue Reading…

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