Sunday

Are You Missing Out?

There is a huge phenomenon buzzing up the web at the moment, and I want to be sure you don't miss out. I'm sure most people already have a Groupon account. If you don't, sign up right now, here's why:

  • Deals that are so good, I can't understand how they get them. I assume they're loss-leaders. If you have any inside info, let me know. I guess it's a win/win arrangement of free marketing in exchange for lost earnings. 
  • Whatever the case... we win! It is quite common to see reductions well over 50% - in fact, over 90% isn't uncommon.
Here's an example of one of the latest offers. An X Box, with 3 months broadband for...

Tell you what, why don't you work it out. What would you pay for a brand new X Box? What about 3 months of broadband to go with it? Got a number? Right, now think of a discount. Ready...

£10. Yep. Seriously. Not £10 off... just £10!!! There's only a limited number, and they're only around for a few hours. At the time of writing, there's 27 hours left to get this deal before it expires, and over 1,700 people have snapped up their £10 X Box. I'm picturing the look on the face of whichever child/partner/friend opens that on Christmas Day. A decent box of chocolates costs more than that! It's madness! The broadband is with Orange - the people I use. My broadband signal is consistently stronger than that of my friends on BT etc. I recommend it! In fact, the deal going forward is cheaper than I have. Wonder if they'd change it for me if I bought the X Box. I'd save a stack of money and get a free X Box. Seems unlikely, but might be worth a try. It's an amazing deal.

These deals are the best I've seen. Bearing in mind that I'm approached by advertisers every day to promote their products and services, I see LOTS of products and services. The stuff on Groupon is consistently superb. Everything from hotels to professional photo shoots can be found there, but they are all very, very limited in both time and number. The trick is to subscribe for updates so you don't miss them.

The service is available in a number of countries, and you can see results for both your country and local areas.

Friday

Why Work in November?


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Tuesday

The Economy is Broken - in the Same Way That a Butterfly is a Broken Caterpillar



A few months ago, I was approached by a magazine and asked for a quote about the idea of 'Broken Britain' - which is a phrase that comes up in tabloid headlines often. My response was:

Britain is broken, in the same way that a butterfly is a broken caterpillar.


I changed the metaphor recently, and put the words in the title to this post on my Facebook welcome page. The economy is not broken. It has changed. It has metamorphosized. It's different now. If you keep trying to put the caterpillar back together, you'll fail. It has flown.

It is simply untrue to claim that nobody is making money. Plenty are making money, but they are not necessarily the big businesses. They are micro-businesses, or networks of micro-businesses, or MLMs.

One example of this is a friend of mine, Mark Tetzner.


Mark is a profoundly successful and wealthy man, has trained some of Jonathan Budd's elite clients, and has now been joined by one of Tony Robbins' coaching team.

He was NOT anything like this wealthy in the boom. He has made his fortune during the recession and he is helping others to do the same.

Mark's mentor rose from living in a trailer to being a millionaire. This is him with Jonathan Budd, playing with their cameras:



The story of Mark's mentor - also called Mark (Hoverson) - is truly inspiring, and the impact that his earnings and lifestyle have had on his family is moving. I might post a video about that in future. Right now though, I want to talk about Mark Tetzner, rather than his mentor, for a number of reasons:
  1. Mark is a sweetheart. 
  2. He has a great backstory
  3. You see people every day claiming to have risen from the depths of some calamity to the heights of greatness, and it's hard to believe, but I WATCHED HIM DO THIS. I'll explain the story below, but it's quite remarkable. It has taken him no time at all. He has done this in the time I've known him (a little over a year and half) and he's been the same person through the whole experience.
Mark is a cheeky, German guy living in Mexico and I became captivated by his story when I found him through (I'm not even kidding) searching for Mexican Swine Flu!

Okay... here's the story... Pig Plague, as I called it, had hit the UK and everyone was freaking out, so I searched online for information about it. Looking through all the medical stuff on Google, I saw a blog from a person actually IN Mexico. I'm a writer. Writer's are SO nosy. I wanted to know how someone could handle being in the middle of that giant firestorm, so I clicked.

Now... let's be clear how much of a firestorm this was:
  1. There was a recession
  2. He wanted to work in the tourism industry
  3. The whole industry had just ground to a halt because of a global pandemic
  4. He lived in the CENTRE of the pandemic!!
This was too much for my writerly brain to take on board. Surely, he'd give up on the idea of tourism. Surely, he'd move out of Mexico and back to Germany. There's NO WAY he could do anything but fail. And yet... he didn't fail.

As I watched, transfixed, he picked himself up and started walking. He stepped immediately into the shoes of a leader. THE GUY HAS NOT CHANGED. He's the same as he was then. He had the right mindset from the word 'go'. Here's what his mentor (the chap in the pics above) had to say about him, shortly after they started working together.


What's great about this story is that Mark has not only pulled himself up from an unimaginably difficult situation to a complete success in only a few months, but that he's doing the same for others too. I should imagine having a mentor who seems to be coated with some kind of recession-teflon is pretty comforting right now! He is a highly sought after coach. People pay Mark $500+ an hour for advice on how to do what he has done in their own businesses, but he gives this teaching to members of his team absolutely free.


Here he is talking to a team member who was previously a coach for Tony Robbins.
  

If you're jumping up and down saying 'what is this business?' There's a bit of info underneath. You know how reluctant I am to recommend anything, but I'm recommending you give this some serious thought, because I've been watching it, and Mark, for many months. It seems like a great business opportunity. Obviously, the fact that they're involved with Stephen Fry's old school piqued my interest too. Think that would be a cool place to stay. 


Like with any business, what you get out depends on what you put in, so I'm not claiming you'll be a millionaire within a year because, clearly, if you sit on your butt watching TV and wishing for cash to manifest itself, nothing will happen. This looks good to me. Really good. If you're prepared to kick Captain Flakey in the pants, and step up, you could have a new business for the new year. How cool is that?


The video below explains a lot, but I recommend having a chat with Mark himself. He won't hard sell you or anything. He's a good guy. But I know they have an AWESOME (no exaggeration) offer on at the moment, so go to Facebook, and post this on his wall: English Rebecca said you had an awesome offer (in a German accent). What is it? and he'll fill you in. It's pretty fabulous. 


Hope you found this interesting, and I hope you take the opportunity to chat to Mark and find out more about his story. Do it now! Mark on Facebook.

Saturday

Defeat the Awesome Powers of... Captain Flakey!



In my last blog post, I spoke about the importance of making a plan by November. Your silence was deafening. You didn't do it, did you? I can see Captain Flakey has been at work. I didn't warn you about The Captain. It's my fault. I'll remedy that right now.


Step 1: Identify Captain Flakey


Now, a captain is usually a good thing. A great thing. Nice to have one. Nice to be one. Every now and then, however, a less wonderful captain shows up. He wears a cape emblazoned with a giant F. He is... Captain Flakey. If you're not careful, Captain Flakey will take over your life and destroy your dreams.


How do you identify him? First, he does not always appear kitted out with the cape. This is his fiendish strategy. Sometimes, he appears as a new person in your life. Sometimes, he infiltrates the brains of those you know. Sometimes, he even infiltrates the brain of someone you know very well indeed... YOU!


You can recognise him by his weapons:


  • The sword of Inertia: With this sword, he cuts off your ability to take even small steps forward. The sword of inertia creates a general 'not bovvered' ness that cripples your ability to make plans, or even comment on blogs. I see the Captain is working within you this month. I hope this post comes in time to save you all.
  • The Handcuffs of Inadequacy: These handcuffs have quite awesome power. They unleash the power of what I call 'aggressive apathy'. It is that sense that you must do something, but that you'll probably fail so it's best not to try. The turmoil is internal. You fight against the handcuffs, but only in your mind. You are chained to irritated inaction.
  • 'Yes' Repellent: The most potent of Captain Flakey's weapons is 'Yes' Repellent. If he sprays you with this, you will be incapable of positivity. Every opportunity will be met with a 'no'. Every good thing will create a level of suspicion so paralysing that you are left flailing in a pit of mediocrity while people walk by, shrug, and say: 'Oh. Captain Flakey got him. Shame'. 


Step 2: Defeat Captain Flakey 


Do not be at home to Captain Flakey! Punch him in his suspicions. Kick him in his indequacies.  LEAVE A COMMENT saying one way in which you plan to defeat Captain Flakey, RIGHT NOW. Commit it to the web. Say it loud. Say it proud. Say it now! What are you going to change? However small. What is your dream? However big. You have a right to state it, now.


DON'T LET CAPTAIN FLAKEY WIN!