Swimming In My Own Lane

Swimming in our own lane makes for delicious progress as this way we have no competition. We only have forward momentum and success pulling us along the way. We are supported on the sidelines by real experts so it’s all systems go.

Sometimes in life we thwart our efforts by comparing ourselves to the swimmer in the next lane. It seems we are conditioned to measure our success with others in our circle i.e. our family and peers.water swimming competition pool

Now that myself and Tom are swimming in a bigger pond with book arb and moving in circles with others who are ahead of us in the financial sense there are times when our conditioned minds can show up and balk at our efforts. This is a mind trap. Do not fall for it.

The reality is that we are creating more money online every day. Since we are surrounded by others who have expanded past the point where we now find ourselves then we are in the right pond as it were.

So we are in the right place at the right time doing the right things. Golden!

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.   ~ Malcolm X ~

When we are the ones in the room with the most to learn and the most progress to be made still ahead of us then we have the most to gain by being there. The figures that our peers are creating are simply staggering to us at this point but since we are learning from the best we are in the process of becoming the best ourselves.

It is important to acknowledge our own progress along the way and to celebrate our wins. We often know more than we realise and I love when I find myself answering a question on our community Facebook group that will help somebody else just as we have been helped.

Consider how much progress could you make if you only compared yourself to where you were say this time last year.

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.   ~ Washington Allston ~

For us, this time last year we did not have a successful online business. We did not know anything about the lucrative book buying and book trading business. We were not generating daily profits. We did not have a certain way for creating predictable sums of  money. We did not have a community of cheerleaders and experts helping us to grow our business daily. We did not have money compounding at the extraordinary rate it is today.

Comparing ourselves to where we were and celebrating our wins gives us and our business powerful momentum. We are the only ones who are ultimately responsible for it so it is vital that we feel appreciation and passion for this entity that is changing our lives financially.

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.   ~ Babe Ruth ~

Positively reinforcing our efforts and honoring our progress to date fuels the trajectory of this amazing business. Being on board a train that is picking up speed and creating more profits and momentum along the way is exhilarating.

Successful book arbitrage business is a train that is available to everyone who has an internet connection and basic IT skills which excites me.

Swimming in our own lane makes for delicious progress as this way we have no competition. We only have forward momentum and success pulling us along the way. We are supported on the sidelines by real experts so it’s all systems go.

Next, let me share with you the exhilarating nature of textbook season and the amazing bump in profits that brings.

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Technophobe!

Had I allowed my techno-phobia to take me out of the game before I got started then I would not be in the successfully financial position I am today.

When I say that I am technically challenged then I mean it. I can email, search google and buy stuff on-line. That’s pretty much it.

So how is that I am creating more money every day even while I sleep through book arbitrage? I would say commitment is key for me and playing to my off-line strengths.

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For one thing the training is done in super small steps, thank God. I watched the videos a few times to get what everyone else seemed to get first time. So what? In this area of my life I am learning to create money as a by product of being alive. I am happy to give my attention to that.

For another, I agree with what Henry Ford said “the best way is always the simplest.” I ask lots of questions on the private facebook page and on-line webinars. No, there is no question that is too elementary.  Bruce Lee said “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” The more questions I ask the more I learn and whenever I ask a question others learn too.

I ask for help from the people in my life. I am married to Tom who is a systems genius. He has automated a system for us to keep track of all our purchases and sales with this rinse and repeat system with office spreadsheets etc. If this is something that is hard for you to do as it is for me, then two things. One, it is easy to find someone else who can do it. Most of the kids learn it in school nowadays or we all have friends who work in an office who could show us. Or two, take a night class. In this case with book arbitrage learning this skill could allow you to keep account of your money as it rolls in. If that doesn’t entice you then nothing will.

We paid for a mentor in book arbitrage for a couple of months to grow our understanding and application of this business. This proved invaluable to the acceleration our understanding of this simple model and as a consequence our business.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”    ~ Henry Ford ~

I mentioned in an earlier blog that some of my extended family are involved in book arbitrage as a money building venture too and every week we get together on a video call about book arbitrage where we talk about how our week was and set goals for the coming week. The power of accountability has proven dynamic in our shared momentum in our individual businesses.

Next, I know my strengths and weaknesses in using the book arbitrage software itself. I know my lane in this business and I do that really well. I do each piece until I can do it in my sleep and then I add another skill. At the moment I purchase books. I reprice. I show up for all the webinars to learn more. I am on the Book Arbitrage Facebook page a lot asking and answering questions expanding my learning and giving back to others.

This is a key skill because one of the most effective ways to learn something is to teach it to others too. I am writing this blog to document my journey to entrench my learning and to fulfill my purpose of helping others create financial certainty in their lives. This is my favourite piece.

Had I allowed my techno-phobia to take me out of the game before I got started then I would not be in the successfully financial position I am today. I approach it in the same way I learned to drive a car. I couldn’t do it at first but I learned new skills each week until I could do it on auto pilot and it’s the same with this.

I have set myself up for success by immersing myself in it for one year until I become all but hands off with this model. This system is so easy to learn and many others ahead of us have hired VA’s (Virtual Assistants) to do most of the work they don’t want to do or can’t do, like spreadsheets etc. Would you be willing to work for one year to have the rest of your life off with just an hours work a day?

Technophobe or not, I am succeeding with this business. Ask yourself, what is holding you back from doing this business and solve it. That is what I did.

We live in a world that at a push of a button we have access to answers, at the speed of light, through the internet. Are you really saying to yourself that you can’t do this or be bothered to create massive wealth for you and your family easily?

Think about what you could do with unlimited money and freedom for yourself and your family. What experiences could you have? What quality of life could you and they have?

I know that for me my life has taken off since I took charge of my financial destiny. I know what I can accomplish for myself and my family even after I’m gone and that is exhilarating to think about.

In the next blog I will share the importance of staying in my own lane when swimming in this bigger pond of financial success with the big boys and big numbers that are new to me and still being delighted with my own progress.

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Obstacles or Opportunities

The ability to clearly evaluate life’s many opportunities free of my mind’s negative chatter has led to me being a more powerful decision maker in every area of my life.

Why is it we sometimes say that something is too good to be true but we never say something is too bad to be true??

Funny how our unchecked minds love to throw rocks at us when we are either moving forward or even considering moving forward with an idea. Who hasn’t met with doubt and procrastination along the way when thinking of doing something new in any area of our lives?

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It makes sense because as a society we were generally conditioned to watch out for the pitfalls in life. Think about how our well intended parents warned us about not running too fast or you’d fall or not to climb the tree that was too high. From very early on we were cautioned routinely about not taking risks or going too far.

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”   ~ Buddha ~

In considering how that builds thought patterns in our minds going forward in life it isn’t hard to see why they show up as a first line of defence automatically. We can’t win in life when our default mode is one of defence.

Roll forward with these messages ingrained as the way it is in our minds and surrounding worlds and it becomes the norm for a lot of us it seems. What if we could change these patterns and instead of being guarded automatically, we could install the ability to think clearly without the interruption of an internal dominant nanny who demands total compliance (our defensive minds). Nurse Ratched anyone? (Fictional character from the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” who desires order, who wants complete power, who manipulates her patients and staff to fulfill her desires).

Einstein said, “The most important question you can ever ask is if the world is a friendly place.”  Is your mind a wonderful place to live that is filled with excitement and great expectation that things always work out for you? Or does your mind err on the side of caution and doom? Have you ever even considered if this world is for you or against you?

These questions are important for you to consider before making any decisions in your life. Do you see opportunities or obstacles in your way? By now some false premises should be ringing a few bells as a wake up call. Who is running your mind? This is a deep rabbit hole but for the purposes of this blog let’s just talk about what doubt and procrastination are and how to eliminate them.

Both of these thought structures are based in fear (FEAR – False Evidence Appearing real). That is to say they are based on something that may not actually be true and usually not something that is currently happening i.e. not in this present moment. Our minds love to tell what could happen in the future and this builds anxiety and of course it’s usually bad when based on scare tactics. This all gets played out in our minds in a soap opera style nano second and dismissed just as quickly because who wants to feel that little lot?

Doubt and procrastination are habitual thought structures that live in our minds that guard against and resist new ideas or people as dangerous. Doubt shows up as fear of something not working out so don’t even consider looking at it because why bother when it won’t work out. It hasn’t worked out before so why would it this time? Sound familiar?

Procrastination is usually based on what would others think and freezes us to the spot and distracts from taking any action to bring something new about. The message sounds something like “stay still and don’t do anything because what would they (others) think?” Psst…your mind seems like it’s protecting you but it’s stifling you because any introduction to change is met with fear and mistrust. How on earth are you supposed to create lasting change in your life when change is seen as the enemy and a threat?

These thoughts can run the show in our minds when we are not present to evaluate them. Most people in the world operate under the assumption that the thoughts in their heads are true. Remember we said we create our worlds with our minds. With these two lunatics (doubt and procrastination being only 2 of many others) running amok in our heads unchecked and not being brought in for questioning the terror state can be alive and well in our minds.

With doubt and procrastination automatically showing up in our minds to shut down opportunities before we even get a chance to evaluate them is it any wonder that easy success or relationships have not come our way? We’ve been playing defense in the game of life rather than offense.

I know your mind maybe arguing for its case that procrastination and doubt can be a good thing? If something or someone isn’t right or being truthful then certainly it is important that you listen to that feeling. We have to be able to switch off the noise in our minds to differentiate between our intuition and our fear. One easy way to distinguish between our inner nutter and our intuition. Intuition usually speaks to us through feelings. Our fear based mind communicates through thoughts.

“If you cannot control what you think about then you cannot create the future you desire.”   ~ Andy Shaw ~

Having command of our minds and not just constant chatter makes those distinctions easy to spot and easy to eliminate. When doubt and procrastination show up as thoughts remember first that they are just thoughts. You are not your thoughts. You have thoughts.

Second, I like to write these thoughts down one at a time and look at them. I usually write them on a big white board in blue and place a red line under it with an arrow on either end and ask if this thought is bringing me closer to my desires or further away ( this is a powerful technique that I learned from Andy Shaw of Creating a Bug Free Mind) and then just look at them. It can be done just as easily on a piece of paper. By seeing the thought as separate to myself this usually removes any emotional charge from it at first.

Then in evaluating their merits outside of me and by being present if it’s not true after a couple of minutes of looking at them they usually dissolve and I feel lighter. That’s when I know that the thought has been eliminated because I feel lighter. Hint: If something is true there is no loss in looking at it. If on the other hand it’s not true you have everything to gain by eliminating it.

As a big mindset person I have done this many many times over the years and it has proven magnificently powerful for me. I no longer have these thought structures in my mind.

Do not let your mind take you out and say that this technique is too simple. Give it a go and watch what happens. Imagine your life without these demons running your mind and then having the ability to examine life’s opportunities rather than running scared from invisible terrorists in your mind.

Once you are free of the stranglehold of doubt and procrastination obstacles and opportunities begin to feel like the same thing. You can meet both with ease, objectivity and appreciation. Opportunities show up as obstacles i.e. the way to figure out how to do something new rather than a sign not to do it and obstacles show up as opportunities showing you the way to do it. It’s very cool and yes it is that easy.

The ability to clearly evaluate life’s many opportunities free of my mind’s negative chatter has led to me being a more powerful decision maker in every area of my life and  and it’s why as a technophobe I have the ability to succeed with Book arbitrage as a totally online business – like on the computer!!

Read on to see how a technophobe is succeeding with only limited IT skills and why I am so excited to share this opportunity with so many others i.e. if I can do it then anyone can and become financially successful in the process. Now that’s brilliant…..

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The Tipping Point

It is crazy fun to make money every day. I never factored that in, in the beginning just how exhilarating that would feel. Especially after so many years of trial and error.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines the Tipping Point as “the time at which a change or an effect cannot be stopped.”

I would agree with this definition because our book arbitrage business has taken on a life of its own and has its own momentum already.

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The tipping point has happened to us with this book arbitrage business in that if we never invested any additional money into the business and just keep using the system correctly (and why wouldn’t we, we are making money) and continue to reinvest our profits our financial success is for certain.

How many things can I say that about in my life? Not many. The compounding effect of this business is proving “bananas” (unbelievably crazy). It really is amazing. Even if we only continued to make 30% profits on each of our books, which in the business world is crazy good but in this business is on the conservative side, our financial success is assured. This really is the foot in the door to true wealth creation for the little guy and gal.

Now that we know what we’re doing it’s way easier for us to consistently average 100% profits on our books and that’s year round. In textbook season we can add another zero onto that percentage as we are compounding our money every 30 to 60 days.

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In this last 30 days alone we have sold 85 books. Momentum is really moving and it only keeps getting better. We are waking up every morning to more money in our accounts which feels amazing. Talk about sleeping our way to success….ha ha!!

Now this is by no means epic yet but the momentum and compounding effect is staggering already as we have a bigger pot to buy more books for next month and then the month after that and so on.

“A good system shortens the road to the goal.”    ~ Orison Swett Marden ~

I promised that I would share this journey with you so that you too can see how it’s possible even starting on a small budget in a step by step way. We have not done anything extraordinary to achieve this. We are simply following the system that Jon Shugart and Luke Sample have laid us for us all.

Our budget is growing every month because the sales are happening every day now. Our projected year end earnings should range in the six figure category and the compounding effect of that for next year is mind boggling.

The speed with which this is happening with this business is truly remarkable and revolutionary. Can you imagine the opportunities that we are opening ourselves to now that we will have real capital to invest in our future?

It is crazy fun to make money every day. I never factored that in, in the beginning just how exhilarating that would feel. Especially after so many years of trial and error.

If you are thinking, “that it’s nice for you Yvette but it probably wouldn’t work for me” or “is it really that good”, then read on in the next blog where I will explain how to manage the mind chatter that interjects doubt and procrastination into your world and what to do about it.

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life. will fall into place.”    ~ Lao Tzu ~

The worst thing that could happen in the next year is that your mind convinces you to do nothing and continue to live the same life and have the same income. If you are already living the life of your dreams then bravo and continued success and happiness to you. This could simply add a “no brainer” extra income stream to your pot. Who doesn’t love that?

If you’re not living your dream life yet and money seems to be the barrier then I’m guessing that an additional €100,000 to €1,000,000 in the next 2 years could change that for you. With your kind consideration, I would love to remove that invisible obstacle (mind block) with you in just a few minutes in the next blog. Yes, that is possible too…

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Mindset is Everything

Our minds are our dream makers or breakers. Having our minds tuned to expect success and happiness is the key element to a fulfilling life in every way.

As alluded to in the other blog, mindset is what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to success.

As easy as this system is and it is easy, if your mind isn’t tuned for success it is easy to find a way to mess it up or at the very least slow it down.

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We have been on this journey with book arb since October. We have had so much support through the training and community and yet it took a while for it to really sink in that this business is less about selling books and more about flipping money. Success is achieved through the speed of turnover of sales and ploughing the profits back into the business. This is what achieves breath taking compound auto profits. We bought good books or so we thought starting off. Now, we look at them and giggle. What were we thinking and yet mistakes are part of the road to success.

For most of the world mistakes can be viewed as something that went wrong, an inadequacy of some kind or that success is not meant to be. Believe me, I used to think the same thing as I created business failure after business failure. Now, though I have come to see that building in mistakes as part of the journey makes for success.

The biggest mistakes we made with this business were not reading the sales charts (keepa charts, more on these at a later time) thoroughly enough. Also, we kept holding out for more profits on every sale i.e. we did not reprice competitively enough in the beginning. However, once we realised that profits of 30% turned over quickly on every dollar many times a year amounts to way more than of 100% ROI annually. Very satisfactorily, we are beginning to see the results in our profits with that change of approach.

Compound interest is the eight wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ….. he who doesn’t ……. pays it.               ~Albert Einstein~

We may have been spoiled during the one and a half bumper season we have experienced so far (there are typically 2-3 textbook seasons throughout the year, Jan-March, May to Jun & August to October when college kids do bulk buying) when we were commanding sales from 100-250% ROI (return on Investment) and expecting that to continue. Not that that is not achievable over and over again but not every day!

The other invisible impediment could well have been that I was so used to not achieving success that when it came wrapped in a big red bow, like this one did, that it took me a while to really understand that making money is easy. Of course, there is work involved but now we’re creating money that will make a life-changing difference to our families and it’s just a rinse and repeat system now that we are getting it down.

The other exciting element for us is that others in the community who are a year ahead of us time wise, using this system, are already working one hour a day and creating tens of thousands of dollars in income.

The velocity and speed with which success is possible with this has been amazing for us. It’s why we put the last of our savings into this. It’s why I walked everywhere and took buses for six months having put the money to purchase our car into the business. Now, I’m not talking a Ferrari, at least not yet, I had put aside €1,000 to put towards purchasing a second-hand car but having that money work for us to get us to where we are now has been worth it. Next year I will be in the happy position to buy any brand-new car I desire.

There will be many more posts about mindset as that is my area of passion. Our minds are our dream makers or breakers. Having our minds tuned to expect success and happiness is the key element to a fulfilling life in every way. We are finding financial success with this system transformational. Having this part of our lives squared away is clearing the way for success to show up in every other area of our lives too.

In the next blog I will describe some of the key habits I perform daily that makes success with book arb a certainty. After all, success is a habit too.

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