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What. A. Weekend

Here are a few photos from my crazy weekend along with the important highlights (if you’re in a hurry just check out photo #5 and the story behind it):

1. Performed in front of a few hundred people during The O’s at their album release party and got to hang with them backstage.

The O's Album Release Party

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2. Had the most amazing donuts ever (seriously, these were so good I went back the next night and paid for another couples order just to bypass the hour long line).12239506_10153731177386624_5873712351287468954_n

  1. Slept 10 hours a night (It was nice to be able to rest recharge, and relax for the weekend).

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  1. Spent an hour in this chair, smoking a cigar, watching college football and surfing the net. That was the ONLY time I touched my computer the entire weekend.20151114_173345
  2. This is the biggie. My store worked for me while I was gone. I took my computer but never touched except for the one photo above, yet we still managed to sell over $2,000 worth of goods while I was having the time of my life.WeekendSalesBy all accounts, we should be able to double our sales this month which means in the first 60 days of our store being open we will have grossed 30k in sales (with about 25% profit margin).

I’m telling you this because on November 17th, 2015 at 7pm CST, I’m going to share how we got started and scaled up to where we are now.

What we did, how we did it, and more importantly how you can get started on the road to get similar results.

We started with just a few bucks, zero FB ads or physical products experience, and my first day I spent LESS than $10 on ads and look what was possible.

I left everything running while I was having the time of my life, without any worries, and we still made sales. Once you have things setup, you can do the same.

In fact, I woke up this morning to see by the time I had my first cup of coffee, we had already made an additional $187 in sales.

So here’s how you join me.

First, grab this: http://jvz2.com/c/10808/190171

It’s the ONLY program I’ve used to get these results and the only one I’m currently recommending for you to use. I know there are a dozen other programs out there, but this is the only one I can personally recommend because I’ve used it for the last 40 days in my business.

When you do grab your copy (you do like investing in your success right?), you’ll be added to our private email list and sent out a registration link for the live call and Q&A.

If you can’t make it live, we’ll record it and send it you the next day.

So you get the foundation from Adam and a bonus call with me where I break down everything we’ve done to take us from zero to 30k in record time along with the few changes we’ve made to Adam’s program that have produced huge returns.

So grab your copy of Adam’s program here and I’ll see you on the call!

Grab Adam’s program and our bonus Q&A call here: http://jvz2.com/c/10808/190171

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Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula – Review & Bonus Package

So today Jeff Walker opens up PLF for the last time this year.If you don’t know what that is, here is where you can find more about it: http://www.productlaunchformula.com/now/index.php?r20161

For those of you thinking about buying I wanted to share my bonus here so you can make an informed decision (aka pick the best bonus that suits you the best).

Bonus #1 – Simple Little Business (The Foundation) – $695 Value
See it here: http://www.simplelittlebusiness.com/

If you bought this today it would be $695 by itself. This is the foundation for my online business.

When you’re done you’ll see exactly how I target and research new niches I’m going to enter and the 4 step process I take to get started.

I also share how you can immediately build a large list of interested people who will follow your journey and pay you while doing so.

Did I mention that I also share how to start getting real results for you and your customers along with built in stability and security with micro memberships?

It’s all there for you and you get IMMEDIATE access to this when you buy PLF through my link here:http://www.productlaunchformula.com/now/index.php?r20161

Bonus #2 – Simple Little Business (The Elevation) – $695 Value
See it here: http://www.simplelittlebusiness.com/elevation

This is a live workshop that has 3 more LIVE (aka no pre recorded monkey business) left and when you buy PLF through my link you’ll be able to join us live for the remainder of the workshops with me.

SLB Elevation is the next step in the SLB process where I show you how to take the information you already have and profit from it several different ways.

One off workshops (done a specific and strategic way), multi week immersion courses, and 30 day challenges – they all get shared and explained in depth and detail so you can start using them when you’re ready.

Not to mention I show you how you can do ALL OF THESE at once, and get paid in ADVANCE before you do any of the “hard work”.

During our time together, you also get full access to me, my staff, and fellow SLB members in our private FB Group and live Q&A calls.

Bonus #3 – Simple Little Business (The Apex) – $695 Value
(soon to be released)

Take Jeff’s PLF, put it on steroids, and you have SLB APEX.

This will be a live training, done the same way as previous SLB courses (Live Training and Q&A), and this one is ALL ABOUT LAUNCHES & Promotions.

What to know the fastest way to validate and launch an idea – I’ll show you.

What to see how we do internal launches that netted us an addition 157% increase in profits and had affiliates coming to us – I’ll share that with you to.

What to see how we did a 6 figure launch, in 7 days, with ZERO SOFTWARE or shenanigans?

I guess I’ll be forced to tell you that as well.

When we launch, we do it decidedly different than anyone else I’ve seen and as a result we make more money, have less stress, and frankly don’t have to beg for affiliates or promotions from others.

That is what SLB Apex is about, and that is what I am going to share with you. I screwed this up for YEARS so you save a ton of time, money, and energy when you do it like this.

Bonus #4 – Launch Plan Review & Boomerang – $499 Value

When you’re ready to plan out your launch or if you’ve just finished one and want my input, I’ll PERSONALLY jump on a call with you and go over everything. Sales copy, JV recruitment strategy, post launch money making activities and more – I got you covered.
When we get done talking you’ll have a crystal clear strategy for launching or a concrete plan on what to do differently next time.

Bonus #5 – Copywriting Review and Rewrite – $999 Value

This one is going to cost me money out of my own pocket because I am going to pay for my copywriter (the one who’s help me make a million dollars online) to personally review your copy and if necessary re-write your sales letter for maximum success.

Seriously this guy works with a who’s who if internet marketers and because of that you couldn’t even book him if you wanted to. But I can and I will to help ensure your launch is as successful as possible.

You two will get on a skype call or he’ll personally shoot a review video of your SL and tell you exactly how to fix it to ensure better results and potentially more money in you and your affiliates bank account.

By my community college math that’s $3,583 worth of bonues just for you when you grab Jeff’s PLF through my link: http://www.productlaunchformula.com/now/index.php?r20161

Now because of the cost and time involved I’m limiting my bonus package to the first 10 (8 Sports Left) people who buy through my link.

I’ll update you in the a day or so if any of the spots are left but if you want to grab immediate access to all of these bonuses AND my personal help in making your launch successful do so here: http://www.productlaunchformula.com/now/index.php?r20161

 

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You Don’t Have To Work Like Them

Lately I’ve seen a disturbing trend in IM and from some of it’s leaders. Post after post in my newsfeed is filled with people grinding, hustling, and working crazy hours during the night and on the weekend.

It almost seems like a badge of honor and people actually brag about working while on vacation with their families. A friend of mine shared something with me years ago that forever changed how I looked at those I wanted to learn and model my business from.

In a nutshell his advice was this – look at the person living the lifestyle you want, not the income you want. At the time I didn’t fully grasp this concept but the older I get I do. If you only want to chase money, then you have to be prepared to pay the price money chasers do.


You have to be willing to work the hours money chasers do and employee the staff they do as well. While it may appear that many “gurus” are one man shops nothing could be further from the truth.

Guys like Ramit Sethi have almost 30 people working for them and as a result have the added stress and worry about not just doing what’s best for the customer but also what it takes to cover their bottom line.

Chances are if you see someone coming out with offer after offer they have a large team behind the scenes making it all happen. And all of that comes with a cost – and it’s not just money.


Look, if your idea of a good time is working til the wee hours of the morning 7 days a week and taking your work with you around the world – do you thing.
It’s just not for me.

Instead I focus on working hard, but playing harder. While these guys grind and hustle their way 7 days I week I spend time working on what matters, enjoying my free time and connecting with those who are important.

Last night while they were working, I was enjoying a few beers with my friends Flatland Cavalry and that was after a lazy Saturday spent with family celebrating my sister in laws graduation and then a relaxing nap with my wife.

Imagine for a minute the message working all the time (especially on vacation) sends to those around you. Are your customers going to bury you at the end of your life? I highly doubt it.

I get it, you love what you do so much you love doing it all the time, but that is sure fire way to burn out both personally and professionally.

Instead, focus on building the business you want around the lifestyle you want to live. Be decidedly different, don’t follow the herd mentality and think you have to be like and work like everyone else.

You don’t need anyones permission to live the life you want while building the business you’ve always dreamed of.

Sure you MAY not make as much money as they do, but when you take your last breath you’ll know you made a difference not just to your customers, but also to the people who have supported you along the way. You will have lived a full life of not just work, but also hobbies, things you care about, and the people who mattered.

Find the person who lives the life you want, then find out how they’re able to make the money as well – not the other way around.

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Ep. 41: Two Drink Tim Podcast – Rohit Bhargava (Bestselling Author)

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Rohit Bhargava has the ability to spot emerging ideas and predict the future which has lead him to Ted talks, the Amazon, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. I had him stop by to share how to think different, create ideas, and predict the future. He also shares his writing process, and his productivity tips for getting so much done.

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Finding Time

My friend Jake is exhausted – he’s got two young kids, a beautiful wife and a full-time job that he hates. He’s got a house that is crumbling down around him and badly in need of repairs, along with a bunch of social and civic obligations that he signed himself up for. Yet on top of all that, and in spite of his insanely busy schedule, Jake has a goal. And that is, to one day leave working for ‘the man’ and start something on his own. His biggest problem is – where can he find the time in an already over packed schedule to learn, do and teach something along the way?

Sadly I know Jake is not alone and that millions of people are just like him, silently screaming out with desperation and desire to get out of their current life situation but just can’t seem to find the time to do so.

I also understand the situation on a personal level because it’s exactly how I was when I got started and what lead me here today. When I first decided to quit my job I was working fifty-plus hours a week, along with a two-hour daily commute that was slowly sucking the life, energy and joy out of me.

So here’s how I went from working a 9-5, having a two-hour daily commute, and being stressed beyond belief with my time stretched in a million different directions to being able to – slowly but surely – build something part-time and then full-time that turned into a successful six-figure business that now does four figures per day, each and every day.

Eliminate Distractions

The first thing I did was eliminate distractions.  I had to create a 90 day plan and get rid of everything that didn’t help me towards my goals.

Make a 90 day plan

When it comes to goal setting, I don’t suggest setting goals for a year – a year can seem like a really long time and a big commitment. So what I like to do is break my year down into 90 day cycles so that I can focus on one thing at a time over that 90 days. If at the end of 90 days, it’s going well and I want to continue, I’ll do so. If things are going badly then I can scrap it and do something else. I’m not investing a ton of time or a ton of money – we’re only talking about 90 days. This really works well.

So what I’m going to have you do is make your own 90 Day Action Plan.

Grab a pen and paper (yes, get off the computer, it’ll be okay) and ask yourself these questions – write down anything that comes to mind:

  • What am I interested in learning more about?
    Maybe you know how to make products but don’t know how to get traffic, maybe you know how to get traffic but don’t know how to make products.
  • What do I need to learn more about right now?
    Maybe you’re an absolute beginner and wondering where to start, my personal recommendation is to learn two things from the beginning – product creation and copywriting. These skills, even at an amateur level will be invaluable to anyone starting their own business.
  • Where do I get started and/or improve?
    Maybe you’ve already got an existing business but you could add a perfect webinar, a completed funnel or a live training class.

Come up with a plan and know that’s the one thing you want to focus on for the next 90 days, that excites you and takes you another step closer to your bigger goals.

Once you have your plan you have to eliminate the distractions

Unsubscribe

Clear out your inbox and unsubscribe from lists that don’t support your current goal – don’t worry, that person will be there when you get back! A great site for helping with that is unroll.me – it allows you to enter your email address and then shows you all the newsletters you are subscribed to. You can then unsubscribe, all through their dashboard, easily and quickly.

Maintain a Singular Focus

With a clear plan in place, the goal is to remain fully focused for 90 days – this eliminates ‘shiny object syndrome’ and gives you a clear path to follow. Setting the project into manageable chunks like this means that your goals seem achievable and it gives you a clear direction to follow. This allows you to best utilize the time that you do have.

Outsource

What can you get others to do for you? One of the things I did, even when I had very little money, was I had someone come over and mow my grass. I hated doing it, it provided me no value or joy and it cleared up time for me to focus and work on my business.

So go through your life real quick, ask yourself what you could get someone else to do for you. Could you have someone else wash the car? Change the oil? Go grocery shopping? You might be thinking that you can’t afford a luxury like this but it’s cheaper than you think – especially if you use a service like Craigslist, where you can find people to do things for super cheap. Or try something like Fancy Hands or Task Rabbit if you’re not comfortable with craigslist.

Delegated and Eliminate

A lot of times we feel obligated to be actively involved in the community – the bottom line is, you’re not. If you’re trying to increase something in your life, you’re going to have to decrease something to make it happen. If you want to achieve something new then you’re probably going to have to get rid of something old. I know it’s harsh, but it’s true.

So you scale back on your outside commitments – maybe you don’t do something you normally do over the summer, maybe you don’t volunteer as much, maybe you give a little less of yourself to others so that you can be “selfish” – there is nothing wrong with being selfish.

This is your life and you get to live it on your terms. It doesn’t matter what other people want, it matters what you want. If you truly want this enough then you’ll learn to use the most powerful word in the English language – “no”. If you learn how to delegate and eliminate commitments and responsibilities, you will free up time.

Speed Up Consumption

Most people in this business are lifetime students, I don’t want you to be a lifetime student – I want you to get in and get out when it comes to learning something. Out of those 90 days, I don’t want you to spend more than two weeks at the beginning doing research and getting up to speed. The reason behind that is simple – your real learning, your real growing and your real opportunities are going to come when you stop learning and start doing. You make no money as a consumer, you make all your money as a producer.

To help speed things up, find a singular course (or maximum two courses) to follow – don’t try to follow 15 people at once, find a single teacher and commit to learn from them exclusively for the first two weeks of your 90 days. It doesn’t mean you won’t have some brush up periods or a day here or there that you might have to spend studying. But for now, we’re committing two weeks for a learning period.

This restriction on learning time means we have to speed up our consumption. Here are some tips on how I like to do that…

  • For Video: I use the free to download VLC Player along with the program MySpeed to do this. The reason I like these is that they allow you to speed up video to a hyper level – watching a 30 minute video now takes me 15-20 minutes.
  • For Audio: The same can be done with any audio content. I like to use Audipo (available on both Apple and Android), along with the VLC player for all my audio content. This significantly speeds up listening to podcasts and other audio learning materials.
  • For Text: It comes down to simply trying to speed read. There are some great resources for this – have a look at Tim Ferris’ YouTube video. If you don’t want to invest time in that, there is plenty of software that can help, but here are few quick tips that helped me improve my reading speed:
    • Use your finger to guide – whether you’re reading from paper or a device
    • Only ever go forwards, keep your finger moving and never go backwards
    • Move your finger slightly above you current comprehension level to keep the forward momentum and keep your eyes focused

Another tip for audio content is transcription. Now you may think that’s kind of expensive but you can go to a place like Fiverr for a transcriber. The reason that I get transcripts for a lot of audio content is that is saves me a ton of time – I can spend a few dollars to get an audio course transcribed and I can read through that in 60 minutes rather than spending 3-5 hours listening to it. That’s a good investment. As a bonus, you can do this for products you are thinking about promoting and giving it away as your exclusive bonus if people buy through your affiliate link. Not only will you have been paid to learn but you’ll also be paid for the transcription.

Mobile Classroom

Don’t forget your mobile classroom. As I mentioned, when I started my business, I had a two-hour daily commute. I had an old tape deck and I got one of those tape deck converters that plugged into my phone and I played my mp3s through there. The point is, you’ve got time right now. Instead of listening to morning radio or music, find a way to turn your car into a mobile classroom. I promise you, the time you invest listening to training instead of the wacky FM DJs will come back to you ten-fold.

Silent Learning

What are you watching right now that doesn’t need a commentary? For me, it’s hockey. I’m a huge hockey fan and I watch every game I possibly can – it doesn’t matter the team, the standing etc. What I do to justify that is, while I’m watching the hockey game, I mute TV and listen to an audio or video program as I watch the game. For text learning, hockey has two 20 minute intermissions that I silence the TV for and speed read through. This all means that I can further my education while I enjoy hockey.

What is that time for you? Maybe it’s grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, or working out. Find times where you don’t have to be actively engaged or participating and instead, you can actively participate in some sort of training.

Making Sacrifices

Now here’s where the going gets a little rough and we separate the men from the boys. The bottom line is – if you want increase one area of your life, you’re going to have to make a sacrifice in another.

I’m not going to hit you with platitudes – we all know we have the same 24 hours as anyone else is this world. No one has an unfair advantage when it comes to time. What I did when I decided I’d finally had enough of my day job and I wanted to make changes – I started to make sacrifices.

The first thing I did was print out every single Gary Halbert Letter ever written and I used to read them between 6pm and 2am every single night. That means that I missed hanging out with friends, I missed going to bars, I missed watching TV shows. But I did this because I knew that, no matter what, time would pass. And if I really truly wanted this, then this was how it was going to happen – it wasn’t going to happen by luck or by chance, it was going to happen by me putting in the work and sacrificing. Because I had a day job and outside commitments, 6pm – 2am was the only time I could find to work.

If you can’t do that because of your schedule then commit to just doing one night per week. Tell your friends and family, not to bug you on that night because it’s your study night or your small business night. Or tell them it’s ‘guys night’ and then make it your night – whatever you have to do! Shut off your phone, get off the internet – stop surfing and start doing. Again, we make no money as consumers, we make all our money as producers.

The bottom line is this, you’re going to have to choose commitment or regret because the time is going to pass no matter what. Are you committed to getting the thing that you say that you want? Or are you going to regret not taking action and letting another 90 days pass you by?

Motivation

There will be bad days. You are going to suck at first. There will be times when you think about giving up – that I can guarantee you. What separates the adults from the children are those that get up, dust themselves off and keep going.

Ultimately, I loved when I had a bad day at work or I got really angry about something because I used that as motivation to push me forward. Motivation to force me to work when my boss upset me, when I got a crappy review, a lame pay raise or when I had to deal with an irate customer. I used to internalize that anger and use it to fuel me to work even harder on my business – to build it up so I could get to the point where I could eliminate the need for my full-time job.

Time is progressing no matter what. 90 days will pass, with or without you doing this. The question is really, after 90 days, will the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, have grown bigger or smaller? That’s up to you.

As Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else, so later you can live like no one else. If you can delay the need for instant gratification and want for a short period of time, then later you can want or have anything you desire.

It was not easy for me to stay up reading 6pm until 2am every night. I was not easy for me to get started, to take the time, to reduce my commitments and to say no to friends and family. But I focused on one thing for 90 days. That turned into 180 days, into a year, into three years. It was not easy for me to start my own business but it was worth it. Little by little and inch by inch I grew stronger, I grew more self-reliant and I grew more successful.

It takes less time that you think to start a business and have it pay you part-time. I now have a business that constantly brings in four figures a day, every day, with or without me. But that all took time, motivation and sacrifice.

If you truly are committed and you really do want to get the result that you say that you want – all you have to do is eliminate your distractions, speed up your consumption, sacrifice when necessary and keep yourself motivated. Just put one foot in front of the other.

If you do all of that my friend, the only thing that you can do, is succeed.

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Huge Announcement: Amazon Is Changing The Game

Watch this video to see a brand new announcement about self publishing on Amazon and how it will immediately impact your bottom line.

Video Notes
The Big Announcement [0:30]
The New Program [2:12]
Your New Money Equation [2:50]
Equation Walkthrough & Example [3:23]
Figuring Out How Much You Make [4:36]
Critical New Resource [5:19]
My Biggest Takeaway [7:28]
Getting Started [9:30]

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Ep. 32: Two Drink Tim Podcast – The Meat Grinder

In this episode Tim talks about the grind of trying to help people and how it causes a lot of great people to lose their way in the process. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the product creation or consumption side of the business … you need to hear this.

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Kindle Short Reads Research

To see the research tool I reference in the video click here

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Ep. 31: Two Drink Tim Podcast – It’s 420 and I’ll rant if I want to

What do you do when someone you knew from 5 years ago suddenly appears back in your life and wants your help (for free)? How do you overcome doubt, self hate, and insecurity to have your best year ever … we talk about it all on this special 4/20 edition of the Two Drink Tim Podcast.

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