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Work Flow

Lining our ducks up in a row with our daily habits simply means more progress daily, weekly, monthly & yearly. That’s how we like things – simple, easy & effective.

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in & day out.” ~ Robert Collier

Our daily work flow looks like this:

Buy & Sell

  1. Tom checks previous days sales, buy more if they are still hot.
  2. I check Keepa alerts in my email for profitable books.
  3. I check our hot list of year round sellers.
  4. I check this months shopping list for buying opportunities.
  5. I fire up Book Arb software for more opportunities if I have not spent our daily budget already.
  6. Tom reprices (Sells our books).
  7. Tom lists our books & takes care of admin e.g. returns.
  8. I go to give on Facebook to contribute to others & to help elevate success of our community.
  9. I attend live webinars every Tuesday & Thursdays afternoons.
  10. Wednesday mornings I write my blog.
  11. Thursday mornings I look at ways to expand our business e.g. sell on other platforms, learn new ways to accelerate our efficiency e.g. research faster processes for systemising etc.

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Every second Monday night we attend our mastermind group to brainstorm ways to support & accelerate our businesses. Accountability is a powerful strategy in our group and this ensures our ongoing individual & collective success.

Repeating these daily habits over and over ensures that the fundamentals of our businesses are being met daily – we buy & sell books. Also consciously & actively looking for ways to improve our practices ensures steady growth.

“Never stop learning ; For when we stop learning, we stop growing.” ~ Loyal ‘Jack’ Lewman

Scheduling time to learn new information about our business/market & techniques for applying what we learn means that we are always growing – ourselves & our business.

“The best in business spend far more time on learning than in leisure.” ~ Robin Sharma

Our work flow as we expand will change again but for now, this work flow is taking us from where we are to where we desire to go next.

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Lining our ducks up in a row with our daily habits simply means more progress daily, weekly, monthly & yearly. That’s how we like things – simple, easy & effective.

Next I will discuss the importance of staying focused even when others around you are ‘not on your team.’

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Streamlining into a Slipstream

When we do the right things in the right order it makes them well, automatic. The trouble with habits or the way we habitually do things is that we do them on auto pilot. This can be very powerful when it is thought through and we choose our habits deliberately & our tasks on purpose.

When we started in Book Arbitrage we thought consciously about the importance of being organised because so much of this business can be systematized and handed over to let technology do a lot of the work for us. Love that! So we started this business with systems in mind.

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Recently, however, we realized that we needed to streamline (reorganize the way we perform our daily tasks) our business once again as we are getting ready to scale up to the next level i.e. automatically go from a multiple 5 figure business to a six figure business.

This was powerful & necessary to do so that any bottle necks (inefficiency in us or in our systems) could be removed to support maximum growth & eliminate any drag.

What we have done up until this point was necessary to reach this destination however,  new standards of operations are required for the next part of our journey. In becoming more conscious & efficient in our daily tasks & thus making them automatic, we are setting ourselves up for success in easier ways.

When we do the right things in the right order it makes them well, automatic. The trouble with habits or the way we habitually do things is that we do them on autopilot. This can be very powerful when it is thought through and we choose our habits deliberately & our tasks on purpose.

However, if our habits are unconscious, chaotic, disorganized or sporadic then those are the kinds of results we can expect in business too. Or even if were good up until this point, we require new habits to go to new places. Makes sense, right?

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

Scaling our business means scaling up our personal systems (the way we approach this) in addition to the required daily tasks.

How we have done this is? We formed a plan. Then we took action.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~ Alan Lakein

Firstly, we looked at the way we were doing our daily tasks & made a plan to upgrade them. Without a clear plan, the way is not clear, it is a wish or a hope, but not a strategy. We had our goals when we started but we have revised them once again and are clear on our target, once again.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Then, in order to maximize our return on our effort so far and to speed our book buying we culled the lists we were working from as we had set lots of Keepa alerts when we first started that were not profitable.

So that meant going through all our Keepa alerts (we had thousands of them) & deleting ones that were not profitable & resetting others to trigger in only good or better conditions. This was not sexy work but it is effective.

Next we culled our shopping lists. The monthly shopping lists we had set up where we kept record of what books to buy for the most profit in each month. We know this by looking at Keepa charts. This again was a laborious task but one that has made us much more efficient.

In the meantime, we changed our criteria for the ways in which we search for books. In this, our parameters are completely different now & much more profitable. It takes the same time to search for mediocre profit books and very profitable books. We chose the latter.

We worked on refining our searches with our mastermind group & we now all have become more disciplined & profitable in our searches.

“Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think & act on building the life you desire.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Next, knowing that a mini textbook season is coming up shortly, (May), where trade-ins are particularly profitable, using the Book Arb software, we have created our lists for trade-ins that we know can be very profitable so we are ready for that. Again, this took some time but is worth it.

Next, as I have discussed in a previous blog we changed our method for repricing and our daily objective with repricing which takes less time and is more profitable.

In participating in the Group Coaching and learning from world class coaches we have been fortunate enough to have found ourselves in their slipstream.

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The definition of a Slipstream in “auto racing, it is the zone right behind a moving car. This zone has reduced air resistance and thus, allowing higher speeds…”

This has helped us to become very clear about where we are & what it takes to go to the next level.

This level of culling has inspired us to create a stop doing list as well. I have stopped answering emails & messages in the morning until I have both bought & sold (repriced) books. We are a book store, that’s what we do. This comes first every day.

Tom has been pivotal in all of these changes. We have been merciless in our approach to streamlining & streamlining once again until we have an efficient rinse & repeat operation working to maximum efficiency.

He has learned to load lists of books for sale & in our spreadsheets in one go as opposed to copy & pasting individually. This was thanks to a brilliant Book Arb community member who shared how to do this. This has saved hours of work.

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He has overhauled our spreadsheets and we only have completely essential information on them now so the back end of our operations has become super efficient as well.

Our mindset has shifted so our approach to our tasks has become upgraded & streamlined. This has caused us to experience our own slip stream in addition to being buoyed by our amazing coaches in that we experience less resistance in our motion forward.

This is something that we can & will continuously revise, however, for now we are enjoying the feeling of freedom that comes with clarity & efficient success.

In my next blog I will share my daily work flow that has resulted………

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Return On Investment Today

Repricing (selling our books) is part of our daily work flow. When we reprice our books, it keeps our books competitive and ensures more sales, if you do it right!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, thank you for that, I really appreciate your time, you will have heard me mention the term ROI i.e. Return On Investment. Everyone has at least heard of ROI.

How is it then that I have been speaking about ROI and hearing about it since Day One on our Book Arb journey and only now am I really starting to apply it properly?

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It’s funny how we can think we know something and still not apply it or think we are applying it.

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ~ Peter F Drucker

Let me explain how that plays out in Book Arb. Of course I have been familiar with the concept of buying and selling books and making a profit, I run an online bookstore after all.

However, I was applying the concept in a micro management way thinking that I was being “penny wise” i.e. looking after the profits on each book and that would take care of the overall profits.

Repricing (selling our books) is part of our daily work flow. When we reprice our books, it keeps our books competitive and ensures more sales, if you do it right!

“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” ~ Warren Buffett

Now obviously making a profit on each book is important but because we were focused on getting as much profit out of each book individually we squandered time, momentum and compound interest.

Over the past year and half I have spent countless hours repricing our books daily. It’s part of the business and also shows Amazon, Big Daddy, that you are actively selling your stock as opposed to using Amazon as a warehouse for products that may or may not sell. This brings other benefits other than profits alone such as more exposure to more buyers thereby increasing your market share.

However, we were way too focused on holding onto our books to get a better price as opposed to selling as much stock daily for an overall ROI. We forgot to think about ROI on our overall investment monthly.

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

The chart below demonstrates how the same $10 compounding with only 20%, 25% & 30% profit over the course of a year way out performs holding out for a 100% profit every 8 weeks.

COMPOUNDING at 20% 25% and 30%

When I think about how much time I spent ‘nursing’ books i.e. repricing every day but not effectively I scratch my head. When I think about how much compound money I left on the table by not selling and turning over profits I am astonished.

For the record we have found that the longer our books are on the market, unless it’s a textbook season, the more inclined the price of the books are to decrease over time unless they are year round books. Hold that thought in your back pocket when repricing as it will serve you well. If you can sell for a profit today, sell.

Our strategy was ineffective on both a profitability and time wise front. Man, I didn’t really get it until recently. This business is about turning over as much inventory every month to compound the money for a staggeringly high year round ROI.

Can you see how ineffective our strategy was? We thought we were doing it right but man were we off?

Remember, it’s not about being busy, it’s about being effective. We have still made a lot of sales over the year but this one strategy slowed our progress big time.

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I would add that it’s not to say that it’s not possible to make 100% profit on most books, it’s just don’t delay holding out for it. A bird in the hand philosophy in this business will serve you much better.

It’s just all about buying the right books at the right price at the right time. When and where to look for these books and knowing how to read the Keepa charts makes this easy.

Do not be the bottle neck in your business by being ineffective. Buy and sell books every day. Compound your money by selling as much as you can as quickly as you can and you will be astonished at your progress.

Now that we have corrected our approach to repricing our profits are already increasing exponentially and we have more time back to ourselves. Repricing used to take me hours every day. Now, it takes a lot less time. Less time and more money, who knew?

Next, I will discuss the power of streamlining daily tasks & how we are doing it in our business.

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Changing The Rules

From childhood we are all prescribed with rules to live by, be they verbal or non verbal and unless we question those rules we can live out our lives following someone else’s conclusions for what is a good life.

Sometimes those rules make sense, like be kind to others and they will be kind to you. And sometimes the rules don’t make sense at all like, this is the way our family thinks about X, it’s the way we have always thought about X and it’s the way you should think about X.

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When it comes to owning a business the rules of the game usually state that for the first 3 years, if you make it that far, you will not make any money. What kind of rule is that? And yet people just seem to accept that as fact because someone told someone who told someone until it became accepted “wisdom.”

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”
~ The Dalai Lama

Well first of all Book Arbitrage in the way we have been taught to do it blows that out of the water. From month one, if you follow the guidelines, you can expect to turn a profit. Well now that’s a little bit different from 3 years of stress and struggle isn’t it?

But these are not the rules I am talking about changing today. I am speaking about creating the landscape we wish to create in order to make our success even more automatic and momentous. Why not, we get to approach this anyway we choose.

In changing rules I often remember the lessons I learned when we were travelling around the world a few years ago. When we were in Cape Town, South Africa, we desired to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela had been in prison for many years.

When we tried to make the arrangements to go we were told that there was no availability and that there was no way we could visit this tourist attraction in the next week.

Because I had been in South Africa previously working as part of the Peace & Reconciliation effort I knew how important visiting this site was to understanding the history and spiritual heart of their story and I really desired to share this with Tom.

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Anyway, instead of accepting the story, the rules, that it was impossible to go to the site we decided to change our approach and thereby our experience. We were staying in budget accommodation but decided to ring a a local upmarket hotel and asked to speak to their concierge.

We asked him if he had tickets to Robben Island and naturally enough he did. The hotel kindly came and picked us up at our hostel, we didn’t even have to make our way to them and we visited Robben Island the next day. Robben Island was a powerful experience as expected.

We repeat this experience over and over in our lives by not accepting what we are told as the way it is and instead creating what we desire. We can all do this anytime we choose.

“You can create whatever you want. You just have to know what you want and take the opportunities as they come you way. We are who we choose to be.” ~ Will Smith

Getting back to how we are changing the rules of the game to improve our success we decided to go right to the source and ask for what we desired.

To date, Amazon have had a 5% Cashback card on all purchases for it’s US customers (including sellers) only. This amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra funds for our US counterparts.

Not accepting that it had to be this way, we wrote and asked Amazon to consider changing this rule. To others it may have seemed like the David and Goliath story with us a small bookstore asking this multi-billion dollar machine to change their rules for us.

It was one simple polite email and now Amazon have agreed to change their policy for all internationals. Soweet!! Others had told us that Amazon would never agree to any change but we just asked and got a good result.

It’s still in process but this should make a big difference to the bottom line of international sellers.

Just because something is the way it is, does not mean it has to continue to be the way it is.

We are also working on eliminating barriers to local sourcing which is not currently available to us or particularly profitable but it does have a huge advantage for volume of book sales, access to cheaper books and brings an abundance of feedback which is so important to a healthy book store score, especially on Amazon.

Remember Amazon rates your store by activity, sales and feedback and being able to switch this on, very inexpensively through local sourcing, is a huge advantage.

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So, we are currently sourcing book preparation centres that in addition to working with FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) the core of our business will also work with FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant).

Having access to this could bring us a step closer to local sourcing. Having an affordable FBM service also helps if international sellers become gated (blocked) by Amazon for selling some books even after successfully listing them on Amazon. To date we have had no way of storing our gated books until they become ungated. Our US friends however are able to remove them from Amazon to their own home and fulfill them themselves.

Or, if sales diminish on a certain title of a book we would then be able to change the status of the book from FBA to FBM thereby making at least some of our investment money back on that book.

Currently, as international sellers if we can no longer sell this book FBA, it means a loss of that capital. These small differences can accumulate to make a significant difference in our business over time.

There are other things in the works too. My point however is this. We can either complain about things as they are or change the rules of the game and thereby eliminate the barriers and play our own game. That is our choice and decision as individuals.

Next, I would like to share how one simple mind shift that is transforming the way we are approaching this business model and how it is leading to more rapid success. Now, we all love that!

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Radio Silence Up to Speed 2

In our community we show up to have the best conversations with our friends and to help one another succeed. This is a totally different experience and way more fun. Rarely does a day pass where I do not laugh out loud with someone who is sharing their journey with me and me with them as well as new approaches to succeed.

To continue our story what is perhaps the secret weapon of our success is our Book Arb community. It is a place where we collectively add value to one another.

It is an opportunity to grow our success with our friends. You have heard me mention our brilliant community before but since the New Year this component has kicked up another notch.

I remember years ago in my brick and mortar business dreading going to “Networking” events. You know the one where you show up and promote yourself. I did not enjoy them and used to have to force myself to go.


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Now in our community we show up to have the best conversations with our friends and to help one another succeed. This is a totally different experience and way more fun. Rarely does a day pass where I do not laugh out loud with someone who is sharing their journey with me and me with them as well as new approaches to succeed.

Our acceleration of success has been also been made possible by participating in the Group Coaching. If you have not done it yet, I highly recommend it. It is another game changer.

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

This coaching has pulled back the curtain of how the most successful members of our community are achieving their success, step by step. Where else would you get that kind of openness and generosity?

What is common practice in most business communities is the sense that others who are further ahead in their journey know something you don’t know and I suppose an understandable reluctance on their part to share too much as others are seen as competitors and not collaborators. It’s the complete opposite in our community.

The group coaching is filling in the gaps in my learning that I didn’t know I had. Every week they share specific strategies that are groundbreaking and brilliant. Whether you are starting off or a little more seasoned like myself what they share is truly eye opening.

To further layer the pillars of success since the new year some mastermind groups have formed within the overall group where we hold ourselves and each other accountable to our daily and weekly goals so there is no chance we won’t meet our targets.

“Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force.” ~ Napoleon Hill

These mastermind groups are highly focused groups that show up to give to one another and to brainstorm solutions to problems that arise in being book sellers and to share what is working well with each member.

We have attended one live meet up so far but most are online due to geography and time demands. They work extremely well in both productivity and accountability and accelerate learning and growth as you can imagine.

The momentum of being surrounded by other successful entrepreneurs who are in the same industry as ourselves has seriously accelerated our clarity and results in our business. We also trust that we are bringing that to others businesses as well as that is our intention. We always go to give.

There are still more opportunities that have developed as a result of these groups. Business partnerships have been formed that further bring more opportunities for additional income streams. Is there any end to all this goodness?

In a word no. I scratch my head at the abundance of opportunities that we have as members of this community already and they just keep expanding before us.

The success that we have created so far and the certain wealth that is being created by us daily, weekly, monthly and yearly is compounding. Our journey is getting better and better and we are having great fun along the way with amazing partners in life and wealth creation.

Next, I will share the ways in which we are changing the rules of the game for ourselves as internationals (international sellers).

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Radio Silence Up to Speed

When challenges come they are what is best for us i.e. learning curve, correct and continue and when triumphs come, we enjoy more achievements which equally build character and that is what is best for us.

If you will allow me I would like to bring you from radio silence all the way up to speed by sharing with you our journey since the late fall of last year.

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Firstly, I must apologize for the prolonged radio silence that has occurred here. It was neither planned nor expected. We experienced some curve balls at the end of last year and equally amazing breakthroughs in our book business which speak to the challenges and triumphs of being in a business that comes with such certainty.

Perhaps, curve balls concentrate the mind and lead to bigger strides than one might imagine. It certainly has in our case. But then we have had a lot of help with this.

“When life throws you a curve ball, don’t let it knock you down and keep you down. Get up, re-adjust, brush yourself off, and keep it moving forward.” ~ George Bronner

Firstly, the curve balls. We had set up a campaign to bring this opportunity to more people as it has changed our lives completely and yes we were to be financially compensated for that. Being paid to help people, my favourite thing!

Even though we worked with some very talented people, after a lot of work and thousands of euro the campaign completely failed. I mean tanked utterly. It was a surprise to us and obviously disappointing as we poured ourselves emotionally, professionally and financially into this project.

Project Empowerment i.e. our social marketing campaign surrounding this opportunity came to a temporary hard stop. We had failed to reach the people we desired to help the most.

Next, Amazon changed some of their algorithms which impacted widespread stores in their larger store. This change which has since been fixed but went on for 3 months or more really effected the sales and momentum of our relatively small store.

“Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes.” – Dee Hock

So, when challenges come they are what is best for us i.e. learning curve, correct and continue and when triumphs come, we enjoy more achievements which equally build character and that is what is best for us.

In retrospect, this algorithm change also took care of a lot of our competition as we rode the wave and emerged unscathed. In short, everything is always working out for the best.

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With this business we have found that all that is required is an internet connection and a work ethic to ensure all but certain wealth. Let me explain further.

Right when the firestorm was raging and our funds had been diminished and our store was at a temporary standstill we went to Atlanta (we live in Ireland) to meet up with our Book Arb community for their first ever live event. Talk about another game changer.

Here we met with Jon Shugart & Luke Sample in person and they far exceeded our expectations yet again in their genuineness and approach of going above and beyond to help our community. These guys have already made it and yet they showed up just to help us grow and to share all their tips and tricks with us. And to knock down even more hurdles, more on this later.

Furthermore, we met their mentors who have become our friends since and we didn’t just meet them, we spent the entire weekend with them learning from the best of the best how to make even more money in this business.

“Find a great mentor, someone who has already been through the many challenges of being an entrepreneur.” ~ Jodi Levine

To me, it was like having multiple Bill Gates teach us exactly how to grow our individual businesses with specific tools that expanded our businesses there and then. Did I mention this event was free?

That weekend of collaborative wealth building was another game changer in a long line of game changing experiences on this journey. The momentum since that weekend is still being felt by us.

Into the New Year, roll on another bumper textbook season in January and more epic sales and momentum for us may be worth a mention as our recovery built up some speed.

Whilst textbooks sell all year, as I shared before in previous posts, there are three bumper seasons where hundreds of millions of students buy extra books for college courses. We know what they are looking for and where to sell them.

I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. Whilst we were in Atlanta, Jon & Luke launched new software which expanded our ability to sell more products other than books on multiple sites.

Now, we can sell a much wider range of products using the skills we have already developed in selling books and on more sites and not just Amazon. I still love selling on Amazon but being able to sell any number of products on any number of platforms means that we can make more profits and are no longer dependent on Amazon as our only marketplace which takes care of our recent challenges. Did I mention there was no charge for this either?

Whilst we are still focusing on our bookstore right now, because we are mastering our skills in this first, our horizon is expanding before our very eyes as these opportunities are available to us and to everyone in our Book Arb community.

“I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. But many others were also in the same place. The difference was that I took action.” ~ Bill Gates

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing with the right people totally rocks! I love it that it’s open to everyone too as there is no elitism in our community. Anyone with an internet connection and a work ethic can be as successful as they like.

There is still more to share about the past few months in the next post but I trust you are getting a sense of how blessed we feel to be where we are and to have the ability to do what we do. It isn’t rocket science, it’s step by step wealth creation with our friends.

Next, I will share more of our experiences that are thrusting us forward to our goals and how you can do it too.

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Benefits of Giving

There have been many times, too many to count that members of our community have gone out of their way to assist us beyond what one would usually expect. It is a pleasure to do this for others too. The momentum of giving just keeps growing.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

It is true from an altruistic point of view that it feels wonderful to give to others. That has been well documented. When you feel good you are inspired and thereby automatically open to new ideas and opportunities.

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It is our nature as humans to give which is why it feels so good to engage in giving to others. When we give, we gain. When we give to others not seeking personal gain that is when we give the most and others benefit most powerfully.

When we are free in our giving and not expecting to get back in return from that person or circumstance, that is when we are in the most potent form of giving. Giving without expectation is pure giving.

From a bigger picture standpoint you may well be aware of the law of reciprocation which allows us to receive what we give or do. When we give we receive more back. It is a law of life and not just a feel good strategy. That is the way of things and the form of giving I am speaking about.

Just to be clear. We feel good when we give. Others benefit when we give. We then benefit in the act of giving and then receive more to give and the cycle continues.

Because we are creating book arbitrage as a success in every sense of the word we are deliberate in our spirit and application of giving as a strategy for expansion as individuals and as a business strategy.

We all benefit from that.

We are accomplishing this by writing this blog which supports individuals in their book arb journey. Having the success mindset as well as the system for creating wealth go hand in hand.

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One without the other not only leads to less success but less clarity or fun along the way. We are happy to share what we know, offering value to as many people as we can.

These blogs not only benefit our readers with its powerful content but us too as it causes us to focus on purposeful creation as a way of life. It takes the idea of giving from being an interesting one to a way of life.

We contribute daily to our Facebook community by sharing our insights and knowledge. The benefit to us is that we too learn more succinctly by helping others as we consider their issue and offer ways that we have solved it ourselves or could solve it.

This is a win-win already as we cement those strategies into our core by teaching what we are learning (that is the highest form of learning). We then are further supported and contributed to by our amazing community.

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ~ Ben Carson

There have been many times, too many to count that members of our community have gone out of their way to assist us beyond what one would usually expect. It is a pleasure to do this for others too. The momentum of giving just keeps growing. Boom!

In short, the more we give, the more we get. The more passionately we show up for others the more others show up for us too. Not only that but the more opportunities and magic manifests in our lives inside and outside of business.

Whenever we are speaking to others outside of book arb we also speak about the benefits of the system. The more people who create wealth in their lives with ease the better this world will be.

Not that it isn’t a fantastic world already, it is, but expansion is our nature. We were born to manifest our best lives and whilst book arb isn’t the only way to accomplish that, it is a certain way to create financial freedom and independence with a community of amazing people in a short amount of time.

The benefits of sharing what we have found with the world are salivating to ponder. We enjoy thinking of more ways to be of more gain to more people.

The blessing of that in our lives are already immeasurable and being a link in the chain whereby others can benefit as well, now that’s just the sweet spot!

Next, I will discuss the power of rolling money over and over in this business.

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Success Made Certain

With our minds set for success and a phenomenal money making business model our success is inevitable. No stress, just success. It doesn’t mean we don’t meet challenges. It just means we move through them because we are on our way back to where we’ve been and we are enjoying the journey along the way.

“If you can see it in your mind you can hold it in your hand.” ~ Bob Proctor

Since we created in our minds what we desired to achieve with book arbitrage before we started we have a very clear vision of what that looks like and the ways to achieve that.

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Because this vision is so clear it is easy, well much easier at least to accomplish. We created a road map and it would feel way more painful to stop now than to keep going.

That is for a few reasons. First, we are creating more money everyday so why in the world would we stop? Second, the decision and triumph has been experienced internally that this is the easiest and fastest road to wealth creation for us so that is what we are living. Third, it would cause us more pain to stop now than to continue on the road to certain wealth.

Let’s just consider that last statement for a moment. It would cost us more to stop now. I’m not talking about the financial cost here although as I said why would we stop this money machine now? The internal price to ourselves would be too high. It would be like pulling out of the gold medal race when we were set to win.

As brilliant as the system is and it is brilliant, if there are doubts built into the mind then it can sabotage and delay results. It can cause frustration and hesitation. Without a clear map then it could be easy to get lost along the way and the mind could throw up excuses when challenges come and offer reasons to give up.

Can you imagine what that would feel like? You have the prize in your reach and you decide not to cross the finish line. Now that would be painful and illogical.

It would be very uncomfortable for us to even consider let alone do. When we apply that principle to achievement of success i.e. that it would be more painful to stop than to keep going then guess what? Success is certain.

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Our minds have accepted it as done and lights up the path for us. Pulling out of the greatest opportunity we’ve ever encountered would make no sense on any level. That is the way to create certain wealth. With that kind of knowing. We’ve seen the end result in our minds so it is easy to reverse engineer the steps and then move forward.

With our minds set for success and a phenomenal money making business model our success is inevitable. No stress, just success.

We get up every morning and simply move the needle towards the next step, and the next and the next….

It doesn’t mean we don’t meet challenges. It just means we move through them because we are on our way back to where we’ve been and we are enjoying the journey along the way.

Be sure to be clear about the kind of success you desire to create with book arbitrage and every other opportunity in your life. Be certain that it brings happiness along the way as well as with the final destination.

Why go if the trip itself isn’t delicious? Time is the one thing we do not get back so it is important that you consider the time you give this as valuable and worthy of your attention and effort.

Once you are clear with this and with the outcome you desire then success is for certain for it is on your terms.

Next, I will discuss the power of going to give and the benefits of that in my journey so far with book arb.

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Building Companions

Being surrounded by other leading edge creators of success in our chosen route for success ensures ongoing extraordinary results. Now that’ my kinda lane.

“You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully. ”   ~ Unknown

Who in your life is building a road of gold that inspires and challenges you to stride towards your destiny confidently? If it’s true and I think it is, that you become like the people you spend the most time with then who in your life is doing what you would love to do?

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I implore you not to skip over this statement without due consideration. It’s obvious but is it obvious enough to you that you are living it in your daily life?

What is so exciting about book arbitrage for us is that when we signed up to build our book business, it came with building companions i.e. a community of conscious dream builders came in the package, tailor made. We didn’t have to go and find them.

Not only are we surrounded by others who have already gone where we are going, but we are building our visions simultaneously with others at our stage of the business and creating a drawbridge for those who come in behind us. Now that is awesome momentum.

I have been involved in personal development for over 25 years and in business for over 10 years and I have never experienced anything like the power of this mastermind group.

When I say mastermind, it’s a more informal experience than that but nonetheless powerful. Everyday lots of community members post inspirational milestones. We ask and answer questions for one another. We offer specific solutions for challenges that we have met and we share strategies for achieving life changing targets.

I realise that I have spoken about our powerful community in previous blogs. I cannot however, over emphasize the power of consistent attention and support to personal goals with a community of like minded individuals who are building their dreams in a shared area of growing expertise.

This industry is so lucrative and it’s why this platform exists and allows for powerful collaboration, encouragement, support, cheering and practical problem solving.

Since we participate in our community we experience real world expansion on a daily basis as a daily practice.

Sharing in the vision for success with other members of the community who are achieving our next level of success makes our achievement of it, all the more logical and certain.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”   ~ George Elliot

I have stated before that this is by far the simplest system we’ve ever experienced for wealth creation. It is made all the easier by experiencing daily real world affirmation by knowing people personally who are achieving the kind of success we are aspiring to create.

It further makes it all the more normal and a by the by to expect phenomenal results and we do because we are surrounded by many more than 5 people who are on the same road as ourselves.  Success made certain is the only way to create success quickly and easily.

Being surrounded by other leading edge creators of success in our chosen route for success ensures ongoing extraordinary results. Now that’ my kinda lane.

Next, I will talk about the value of the vision being so compelling that stopping would be way more painful than keeping going….

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Happy Customers, Bottom Line

The bottom line is, having happy customers is our rock star approach to the delivery of service and results in our lives. Our store is growing and so are our ideas on how we can best serve. That’s thriving in our book!

“A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” – Michael LeBoeuf

When it comes to best business practice, having happy customers as a goal is unbeatable and automatically blows the competition out of the water i.e. meaning you will not have competition because your focus will be set on what you can give, not on what you can get.

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When that is your vision, you cannot fail because you will pursue excellence and continue to be innovative in your service. When your bottom line is adding value to your customers they will automatically add value to your bottom line of fulfilment of purpose and of course financial rewards.

With book arbitrage we see our goal as sourcing great quality used books at great prices for our customers. We insist on selling only really good quality used books and return any books that don’t meet that criteria back to the sellers.

We pay extra to have our books checked for quality and improve and upgrade them where possible so that our customers enjoy a better quality book and experience. We enjoy phenomenal partnerships with our book prep centres who are as dedicated to great service as we are.

We strive to deliver the best we can at all times. Even when sometimes things go wrong outside of our power. For instance, just yesterday an unhappy customer contacted us to complain quite rightly that they had paid extra to have their book delivered with next day shipping.

It did not arrive on time. They asked to be reimbursed for the additional shipping. We promptly reimbursed them not only with the additional shipping but also with the cost of the book with our compliments. We value the experience our customers have with our store.

It’s probably safe to assume that this customer may return at a later date and choose our store over another, however, for us, knocking the ball out of the park as a standard operating procedure ensures that excellence is our modus operandi and that we are delivering on our commitment.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”   ~ Albert Einstein.

Having a higher vision for our book store makes these decisions easy and automatic. The cost of the book for us in this instance is minuscule compared with a happy customer. We are in charge of what we deliver. Period.

Having this approach has ensured that not only are our customers happy, but we enjoy a great quality of life because every day we are involved in a business that is of value and service to others which is thriving. What price can we put on that?

The bottom line is, having happy customers is our rock star approach to the delivery of service and results in our lives. Our store is growing and so are our ideas on how we can best serve. That’s thriving in our book!

Next, I will discuss the power of being surrounded by others who are striving to be the best in their lives too and how that inspires us to reach higher with our goals – business and personal.

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