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2May/104

KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid!

It's funny that in life it happens so many times that just when you think you've finally got things figured out, something happens and everything changes.
I've been trying out affiliate marketing for some time, learning all the ins and outs about it, and decided to focus mostly on article marketing. I spent some good money on programs to help teach me more advanced methods, and even a software package that would automatically spin my articles so I could recycle them to save me work.
Things were going okay, but a bit slower than I had anticipated. I was spending time daily writing articles, SEOing them, submitting them, pinging, more optimizing, bidding for keywords, etc.
Then something clicked in my head.

I don't enjoy doing this one bit!

It all came back to me, the whole reason I was looking for change in my life is so that I could focus on what I loved doing, not enduring something so that I can earn money and then go on to what I love during my spare time.
I was digging my own grave, and at the same time proclaiming to others that I was heading into some "Major changes in my life". It seemed I had lost sight of the goal, the whole reason I had started out in the first place.

So then I asked myself: "What do I love doing?"

I love helping people. I really, really actually get a tremendous amount of satisfaction when I feel that the effort I invested in someone has helped them in a profound way.

Why not become a life coach? I'll get job satisfaction by helping others, I'll be able to support myself financially, and I'll also be doing what I love doing second best: learning something new--constantly! Because each human is unique, I will never get bored of it.
Time to start learning again. I'm going to be attending Speed Coaching seminars in Tokyo starting next weekend, and I'll count that as my first step in the direction that I want to go.

Wish me well, and pray for me.

19Apr/104

Constructing My Plans

Everything in life is a learning experience.

I've experienced this first hand this past week working on something that I've never done before--remodeling a Tokyo office floor into a seminar hall.
Through this experience the thing that stood out to me the most was the power of networking. If I had been offered this opportunity a year back, I would probably have said that I didn't have the skill, experience, or time to do the job.

But at the time that this opportunity presented itself, it was not in the form of an offer.

I've been working on tuning my senses to look for and recognize the hidden opportunities that are already all around us, just waiting to be found. Opportunities that will add value to someone else, and will in turn bring you the financial benefits you need.

So when I visited my dad's office where he conducts seminars, something clicked, and I saw an opportunity to add value to his business by upping the standard of his "seminar hall", which actually looked like an office which badly needed renovation. I pitched it to him on the spot, and he agreed to the idea but first asked me if I knew how to do this kind of work. I answered that I'll get the job done, while in the back of my mind I was scrambling trying to figure out how I was going to accomplish this.

I immediately called my friends who had some experience in this field, and following a few leads and recommendations, I was able to put together a team who was capable of the job. I was the contractor/architect, and I hired a foreman and two workers, with the use of their tools and vehicle for transportation.

It would take me more than a blog post to list all of the setbacks and subsequent wins throughout this project, but in the end we were able to meet our deadline and create the level of quality that we had originally planned, without any compromises.

So here's what I learned from this experience in point form:
1. Never underestimate the power of networking. You never know when you will need the skill or expertise of someone you meet.
2. Setbacks are just that. Learn from them and just keep moving forward.
3. Realize that opportunity to add value to others is all around you. Act on it now!
4. Trust and rely on other's strong points above your own. Working as a team means that each team member has his or her strengths. Let them lead where they are stronger than you.
5. Admit your weak areas to your team, and they will respect you for it, try faking it, and you will lose respect quickly.
6. Whether or not you feel it, act confident. Adjusting your physiology to the state you would be in if you were confident will affect your mental state to become the same.
7. Plan, plan, and plan some more. Preparation is where the bulk of the work is done. If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.