More On Mark Joyner & Simpleology

May 1, 2007

I mentioned in my previous blog post that Mark Joyner, founder of Simpleology.com will be speaking at the World Internet Summit taking place on the 26th-29th May in Singapore. Perhaps not everyone would have heard of this internet marketing legend as well as the great program Simpleology.

So just thought I should give a brief history of Mark Joyner and also Simpleology.

Facts About Mark Joyner:

Mark Joyner is a #1 best-selling author of over a dozen books translated in almost as many languages. He is widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of e-commerce, responsible for inventing, pioneering, and popularizing many of the technologies we take for granted today (including remotely-hosted ad tracking, electronic books, Integration Marketing, and more …)

One of his books (MindControlMarketing.com) shot to #1 within 36 hours of its release. – One of his websites became the 37th most visited website on the planet within 6 weeks of its release. His pioneering ebook (Search Engine Tactics) was downloaded over 1,000,000 times years before e-books were common.

About Simpleology:

I guess one of the reasons why not many people would have gained access to Simpleology is because the simple.ology Strategic Partnership program is not open to the public. This is due to Mark Joyner’s intention of restricting the promotion to be done by only members who truly believe in the theory of Simpleology and not just anyone who’s in just for the profits.

Nonetheless, I must salute Mark Joyner for his long term vision for Simpleology and I was delighted when my application was approved to be one of his strategic partners.

So what is Simpleology all about?

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Simply Successful Secrets

April 8, 2007

I was tagged by my friend Kian Ann at Blogopreneur (a really informative blog focusing on blog marketing) a few weeks ago.. This was part of a meme started at Today is That Day. Haha.. as you can see, I’m long overdue.. Oops.. Hope this wun discourage people from tagging me.. My bad!

Wanted to blog this post long ago, but kept procrastinating. Also partly due to the two marketing test I had in school which just ended today! But this also signals the start of the study break soon in preparation for the final exams for the semester. Just three more weeks and it’ll be over! Thereafter, three months of holidays!

I’m so looking forward to that. Lotsa exciting plans lined up. It’s going to be a massive breakthrough for myself and some of my friends whom I’ve gotten to know recently. Can’t wait for that.

Now that I’ve battled two of my exams and have some time to take a breather, shall go ahead and post my long overdue post.

 

 

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Success Tip #5 For 2007: Read & Listen More Often , And More Effectively

January 3, 2007

Success Tip #5 is rather straightforward. Read & Listen More Often, And More Effectively.

I shall start of with reading. I believe most people read an average of only one book per year. By reading I’m not referring to novels or fiction books. Rather, I’m referring to books that will help you to improve and grow in areas which you desire.

For example, if you’re a businessman, you should read books on marketing perhaps. If you’re a IT specialist, you should read books to increase your IT knowledge. In other words, we should all read books pertaining to the industry we are in.

Also, self-improvement books on time management, leadership etc are all extremely useful to us.

If you really want to be successful, you’ve got to constantly seek ways to increase your knowledge. We’ve got to constantly improve our thinking in order to keep up with the competition around us.

You see, you may be the best in your industry today. However, your competitors will soon improve and leap frog you. Hence, in order to remain competitive, we simply cannot remain  our ground or we will soon lag behind.

In school, we are forced to take several compulsory subjects. But we were never really taught on the life’s most essential skills, such as time management, leadership, presentation skills and interpersonal skills.

Failure to be equipped with such skills will only result in us struggling in our future career. Certainly, your success will depend little on the grades you’ve managed to obtain in school. Rather, it’s these essential life skills that will determine your success.

Hence, we ought to seek to improve in these areas and by reading these related books is one of the best ways to grow.

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How to Find Your Driving Force?

November 1, 2006

Well, I mentioned in my last post that different people have definitions of success. So once you have identified your own definition of success, the next natural step is to work towards it.

But why is it that so few people ever manage to achieve their goals and dreams? I’m sure all of us have dreams. Haven’t you had these thoughts surface in your mind ‘If only I could…’ and ‘How I wish….’ We dream and aspire to do something or to be like someone everyday.

So what is stopping you from achieving what you’ve always dreamt of? What separates those who have managed to achieve what you wanted and yourself?

Well I may be wrong, but it’s probably because those people bothered to take action. Procrastination is the number one obstacle we must overcome if we are serious about achieving success. So why do people procrastinate if they know its hindering their success?

Simple: Because your driving factor is not strong enough! So what’s a driving factor? It is simply a reason which drives you automatically to achieve whatever you want to achieve. It is the driving force which acts as a motivation tool. It is something which I feel is severely lacking in many people.

So what is my driving force to achieve wealth and success? If you’ve read my book, you’ll know it’s from the fact that I want my parents to retire as soon as possible. As I did not come from a well-to-do family, my parents are still working very hard at this time. Thus, I told myself I cannot sit back and just watch them work so hard. Every morning, I wake up and ask myself this question, ‘How long more do you intend to let your parents continue working?’

I found out that really drives me to achieve wealth. As I now know that every minute I procrastinate, I’m effectively delaying the time they can retire. You see, I did some simple calculations. If I were to wait till I graduate and find a job like most people do, they probably have to wait for at least 10 years before they can retire.

Why is that so? Because lets say I graduate 2 years later and manage to find an average paying job of $2000 salary. Take away the CPF, I should be able to take home $1600. As I still have to finance my laptop and tuition loan, I should have around $1000 left. Minus away my expenses, I can possibly have around $500 left. So of course, I want to save up for a car or other luxuries, so I’m left with $200 left to present to my parents.

Yes, that’s right. Just $200! So I wondered to myself, if this were to happen, when will they ever get a chance to retire? And I have plans to buy a car after graduation. Even a house. How are all these ever going to be realized if I were to graduate and get a job and rely it as my only source of income?

Hence, whenever the thought of my parents having to suffer as a result of my procrastination surfaces, that really drove me to seek resources on self- improvement and methods on wealth creation.

So, what is your driving force? Do you even have one in the first place? Without first establishing one for yourself, you are going to find it really difficult to motivate yourself when the going gets tough. We’re bound to face obstacles and failures in your quest for success. Without a strong driving force, we’ll never have the will and determination to push forward when we encounter failures.

Hence, ask yourself what is the one thing which really drives you to achieve your dreams and goals. Write it down, and use it as a reminder everyday and I’m sure you will be on your way to success.

10 Skills for Getting the SUCCESS YOU WANT! (Part 4)

October 27, 2006

Today is the final part of 10 Skills For Getting the Success You Want! And I hope that the past few blog posts have been good and you have started applying the skills already.

We’ll continue with skill 8.

# 8 Shielding Your Dream

Just like where we left off from skill 7 yesterday, you have to make sure that you remain committed to your outcome. You are bound to face cynics, criticism or even backlashes but no matter what, you have to shield your dream. You need to keep your dream alive and not be influenced by negative comments or even people around you.

Remember your co-dreamers or people you get to dream with you? You need to continually support each other and back each other. As you may likely shield them from other people’s criticisms and comments, your dream team will be shielded by your dream.

Your dream will keep you afloat and push you on to greater heights.

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10 Skills for Getting the SUCCESS YOU WANT! (Part 3)

October 23, 2006

We have learnt 4 skills so far and today, I’m going to share with you the 5th, 6th and 7th. Remember I talked about how to use different gears of learning? Well, the 5th skill is similar and that is:

#5 Using Other’s Expertise

It is often that we don’t know enough to call ourselves and expert and sometimes, we always waste time trying to find answers which we think, we’ll never be able to find. There are experts available around us, be them our professors, our bosses, teachers or even some guru over the internet. They are around us and we can always seek answers and help from these people around. These experts know their stuff and we have to learn from them in order to improve our knowledge and understanding.

We need to change to gear 1 and learn from the leader and ask them questions which we don’t know how to answer in order to learn.

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10 Skills for Getting the SUCCESS YOU WANT! (Part 2)

October 21, 2006

Being able to dream is important because it is through dreaming that you can create your goals and have an idea of what you want success to be like, to feel like.

That is the 3rd skill to achieving success.

#3 DREAMING

What are your dreams now? What are your ambitions? If you don’t have any, you are not alone. Many have been forced to eradicate their dreams because of society and its expectations. However, I encourage you to create your dream and live it.

You need to be able to find out what your dreams are and what kind of success you want and be able to live the life that leads you to your dream. Let’s say you want to be the best basketball player in town, then you have to live like the greatest basketball player, train everyday, practice shooting hoops and run miles. Whatever your dream is, it’s important that you seek to achieve it and not let it just be an imagination.

#4 Find Support

Don’t think that your dream is impossible or that it is ridiculous. Nothing is. This is where you have to find people who share the same goal/dream as you do. This is because they will be the ones who will be supporting you when you lose sight of your dream and they will motivate you to achieving your dream. Your success will be influenced by them because remember that I said, you’re bound to face failures at times? Well, these people will encourage you and it’s important for you to make sure that they dream together with you and seek to achieve together with you.

Let them be your loved ones, your best friends, your business partners or even your neighbour. Whoever is willing to listen, share your dream with them and see if they can co-dream with you.

Now that you know the importance of dreams, don’t be afraid to daydream in class, at work or even while you’re busy preparing dinner.

Continually dream and make them come true. Well, when a person wishes you at an occasion such as your birthday, ” I hope all your dreams will come true”, tell them confidently, “I know they will” and be encouraged to make them your co-dreamer as well.

The next 2 skills will be posted tomorrow again. In the meantime, do remember to apply what you have learnt to ensure your success in whatever you do.

10 Skills for Getting the SUCCESS YOU WANT! (Part 1)

October 19, 2006

Everyone wants to be successful in whatever they do. Students want to be successful in their academics where they obtain the best grades, working professionals want to achieve success which are determined by promotions and pay raises, even parents want to be successful in parenting where they want to educate their children and hopefully see them grow up to be conscientious, good and well, successful individuals.

But there are skills which you need in order for you to continuously achieve the success you want. These skills do not ensure that you do not encounter failures but at least, they guarantee that you are on the path of success.

In this 4 part series, I’m going to share with you what these 10 skills are and as I reveal them to you through the next few blog posts, I hope that you’ll learn to apply them as soon as possible in order for you to start you off on your journey of success.

#1: SUCCESS-FILING

Just like how the name states, it is to file your success. If you’re wondering what I mean by that, well, that is to remember, to note down or to file the incidents where you enjoyed success. It’s often when I ask people, “what are your achievements?” or “what are you good at?” and they get stumped when I ask them to list 20 incidents where they were successful or they achieved something. Most are able to provide me with at most 5 items.

It is important that you remember the occasions where you are successful. Be it to successfully take a scary rollercoaster ride even though you are scared of heights or to successfully finish a course of medication over a month. Little successes when remembered actually help you to go a long way because you realize that you are capable of success or achieving something for yourself or even for others.

Remembering success boosts our confidence which is the key element needed to ensure our success. And having a confidence ensures a good start to our success. As the saying goes, a good start is half the battle won.

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What Is Your Definition Of Success

October 18, 2006

People have differing opinions about success. How about you? Some define success as accumulating for themselves abundance of wealth. Some define it as marrying a pretty wife. Some define it as being happy with what you do.

With so many definitions, how do we know which is the most accurate indicator to measure our very own success. And with so many differing opinions, how can we adjust our path towards achieving success?

My conclusion is that success has just as many faces as any other possible theme, depending on the society in which it is measured, and the character of the person who measures it.

Wrongfully, many people equate success with wealth. Very often, people are judged to be “successful” just because they drive luxurious cars and live in big houses .They envy those who live their lives in abundance of wealth. And they forget to just do the simplest thing in the world: turn inside and analyze what it is that they really like.

There’s really no universal measure of success I feel as it really up to the individual. However, I do have my own indicators of my very own success. Its not necessarily right, and you may disagree. But its my own measure.

Firstly, I deem having the ability to make a positive difference as an indicator of one’s success. To me, nothing beats being able to add value in others and changing other’s lives for the better. The immense satisfaction I derive from that gratitude earned from others is overwhelming and rewarding.

Success is also in line with happiness. I feel that its only when you are able to find satisfaction with what you’re doing and don’t dread facing every new day that you are really successful.

Lastly, I equate success to being able to discover our purpose and mission on earth and having the ability to follow it. It has got to do with making full use of the talents and skills God has presented us with and letting God work through us.

So what is your definition of success? And what are you doing to achieve it? And if you’re not doing anything, what’s stopping you?

I certainly hope you uncover your definition of success soon and may you achieve the success that you desire.