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Mastermind

Think about how the knowledge you’ve gained already, that you take for granted as obvious, could be the piece of gold that turns the key for someone else. When you share wisdom you acquire it.

Hello Friends. I thought I’d talk about the power of mastermind in creating our success.
Just about all the great success stories and leaders in their fields of any kind will attest to the fact that they had mentors and/or were part of a mastermind group.

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It must make sense when we think about it, learn from others who are achieving what we desire to achieve.

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

In our Book Arb community, we are supremely blessed to have a huge Book Arb super-brain and mastermind group built in already. I absolutely love this. But this mastermind effect only takes effect when we plug into it, utilize it and contribute to it.

If I may, let me share an example of how this played out for myself and Tom.

Pre the August textbook peak season last year we were having a conversation with one of the other mentors. We were discussing how we were getting ready for August season. He said something to us that stunned us in it’s brilliance, simplicity and yet it had not occurred to us.

He asked us what our goal was for selling inventory during textbook season and we said ‘Oh, about 40% would be great, in one month,’ that was our expectation.

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He said, ‘why not 100% of your inventory?’ I was stunned because as obvious as it was, it had not occurred to us. So that one conversation changed our approach and our results.

You may well ask, ‘did you sell 100% of your inventory?’ The answer is no, we sold 80.5% of our inventory. The cynic may say that’s nearly 20% off your goal but we were thrilled because we doubled what we previously thought was possible.

Our vision expanded with one conversation and now our sales are superior on an ongoing basis because our expectations have expanded.

So today, I am encouraging you to consider the value of this mastermind principle found in our community.

For me it’s like a massive sleeper asset that comes alive when we use it and contribute to it. This is what is in place already. We all have a wealth of experience and knowledge together which is powerful and unique to our niche market. We have world class support and answers to questions.

We are forging new highways of success in easier and faster ways by sharing our successes and we can elevate ourselves and one another in our collaborative approach to success.

I love how Richard Branson put it,

“Two heads are definitely better than one and by sourcing ideas from each other, you have a better chance of coming up with a strategy that will allow your business to overcome a setback or challenge.” ~ Richard Branson

Think about how the knowledge you’ve gained already, that you take for granted as obvious, could be the piece of gold that turns the key for someone else and share it.
When you share wisdom you acquire it.

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So if you approach the mastermind group going to give rather than going to get, magic happens and you will receive more than you ever thought possible – I promise.

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Mindset

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” ~ Steve Maraboli

At last year’s live event Jon & Luke had t-shirts printed with Mindset is Everything on them. I think that captures success not just in business but in life.

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We see the world as we are, not as it is – through our own filter – what we believe to be true.

If you think about it we all have our own internal GPS – our own thoughts & beliefs guiding us & depending on what it tells us we take action based on that.

Say our GPS is set up perfectly for San Francisco, it has always been right & got us where we wanted to go but now you’re looking to navigate New York City, but your GPS is stuck on the streets of San Francisco, how difficult would it be make our way around New York?

Think of all the alleyways & wrong turns we would take following our old GPS.
Mindset is like that. We’ve got to have it switched on to success, our destination or we could end up with bumps & bruises at best.

It’s a bit like the way we use our Book Arb software to find books. Depending on the filter settings we arrange we find different results.

With the way the training & ongoing support is set up we are guided to what kind of books to buy, when & how to sell them & as we master those, we are guided to the next part of the journey of our biz, up-scaling, outsourcing etc.

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Having our success mindset switched on is key to being able to hear what’s being said & how we apply it otherwise we can still be navigating San Francisco in New York. We can be right all day long following our internal GPS but we’re not getting any closer to the statue of Liberty. In our case, success & profitable sales.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

In our community we are being given the knowledge, the step by step of how to be successful. Our business model has come with it’s own GPS set for unlimited success.
So be sure that your internal map is set for success. It is already because you’re here in this community & you’re learning & taking action.

To maintain it, you have to constantly expand your success mindset. Our minds have to be fit, just like our bodies. Unfortunately, I never got any fitter by watching someone else work out. Or I can’t work out for the month of January & expect to be fit for the whole year, again, more is the pity.

Our mindsets require ongoing fitness/growth as our business is constantly growing.

“The road to success is always under construction.” ~ Lily Tomlin

Be proud that you have a bookstore. Be proud of your progress. Be delighted that you have a community of people who really want to see you succeed, because we do.

“A big business starts small.” ~ Richard Branson

Remember to include working on your mindset in your daily workflow by reading/listening to inspirational material that will keep you inspired, learning, growing & challenged.

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This is how success continues to grow, keep growing yourself & your business side by side.

I like how Steve Maraboli said it,

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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Make The Days Count

We’ve all experienced some great challenges recently but with great challenges come great & equal benefits & opportunities.

It’s a glorious day to be alive & in this business.

The wheels are turning once again in Amazon as they always do. Fluctuations may happen but they are the titans of our online business so they are only making money in books when we buy & sell on their store!

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What may be noteworthy is we had one of our best days sales ever in the middle of this recent turn of events, which was a surprise to us. It was very welcome & perhaps evidence again of the power of focusing on what’s working well, making adjustments, taking action & letting go of things that are outside of our control.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” ~ Muhammad Ali

I think that’s appropriate for where we’re all at inside & outside of business at the moment.

We’ve all experienced some great challenges recently but with great challenges come great & equal benefits & opportunities.

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Which direction we’re all facing will determine more than anything else where we land & thrive as our world moves forward once again.

Which umbrella we place ourselves under is our choice, which is pretty exciting.

Choose wisely my friends, our fate is as always in our own hands.

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What’s Going To Stop Me

The problem-solving skills that define us as entrepreneurs empowers us to not only succeed in business but to succeed in life.

I received a great quote today in my email that read

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” ~ Franklin D Roosevelt

Isn’t that the truth?

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It’s funny how our (mine & Tom’s) work rate has not decreased in the past few weeks. Our workflow may have had to be adjusted i.e. more planning, finding alternative ways to source profitable books etc but we didn’t have any additional time off.

As we worked away in our home office, major blessing by the way, I was sometimes a little envious of our neighbours sitting outside sunbathing & having BBQ’s with time off but then I remembered why we’re doing this.

Building and refining our Book Arb business over time will allow us to sit outside & sunbathe for a lot longer than just a few weeks with the added bonus of financial security.

This is not to imply we’re better than any of our neighbours. We are just fortunate to have such a wonderful opportunity to create & to build wealth for our present & our future.

Where else in the world is it possible to create wealth starting with just $5 investments (books) & to roll it over many times in one year to create thousands of percent ROI?
To leverage a proven system from home that is highly automated, systematic in a rinse & repeat way?

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That comes with a world class support system built in & twice weekly live question & answer calls? With an email support team that are successfully doing the same business independently themselves & offering expert advice & support?

I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate where we are & the jackpot we have hit with this system & community.

If there weren’t a few waves along the way, then we wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the inevitable momentum that comes with riding those same waves. Those are exhilarating!

The problem-solving skills that define us as entrepreneurs empowers us to not only succeed in business but to succeed in life. Those skills spill over into our every day lives.
In other words, a win here is a win everywhere in our lives. Try that on for size.

How does it feel to have a win everywhere in your life today by showing up in your business?

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I was speaking with a friend last week who said something that I thought was brilliant. She is currently entering into a new career & she said, “What’s going to stop me from doing this?” For me that is how success is achieved in one word, it is a decision!

Remember, we are not only looking for smooth seas, as lovely as those are, we are also looking for those challenges that make us flex our muscles which helps us to create more of the life we desire for ourselves.

So today, ask yourself what skill can you develop in your Book Arb biz that will bring you a step closer to living your life your way?

Think about it & then do it. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.

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Do Not Quit!

If you haven’t yet achieved the kind of success you would like to then think about adjusting your system. A couple of tweaks can make a big difference.

I got an inspirational note in my email the other day & I immediately thought of us as entrepreneurs in our community.

It said,

“Reset. Readjust. Restart. Refocus. As many times as you need to. Just don’t quit.”

Because this is a system that really works, remember most people can’t even make a sale online let alone profits, and we have all either experienced personally or witnessed gladly wild profitable success in our community, it is important to move through any feelings of being uncomfortable about not quite knowing what you’re doing – yet. The more you do this business, the better you get at it.

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Remember, if one person can make this work, then so can you! And we have tons of people in here having success.

It may also be helpful to think about the kind of success you’d like to achieve & what you need to do to achieve that. I mean really think about it!

If you haven’t yet achieved the kind of success you would like to, and assuming you’re not brand new to this currently setting up your system, then think about adjusting your system. A couple of tweaks can make a big difference.

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~ John Wooden

It’s easy to form habits of doing things in a certain way & then just continuing to do them the same way over & over. For example, could you review the way you are buying books & add even one new kind of search every week.

When you learned to drive, you learned to systemise it even if you didn’t think about it that way. But you got in the car every day, turned the key, checked your mirrors etc until you didn’t have to even think about it. It wasn’t automatic at first. It was probably clumsy but it became automatic.

When it came to driving you didn’t quit & say I can’t do it, you saw that just about all adults around you drive so you expected to drive & knew you’d get better at it. You just accepted it. You created a system to be a successful driver & now you can drive anywhere you’d like to go.

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Book Arb is exactly the same thing. You are learning to create money & profits on auto pilot.

So today, think about the ways you can repeat effective moves over & over & see where you drive this business.

Hint – anywhere you’d like to go.

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Applying 1% Improvements

I talked a couple of weeks ago about making a 1% improvement in our businesses. Well – did you do it?

If someone asked us if we could manage a 1% improvement in our work out routine in the gym, I’m pretty sure most of us would say yes, I can do that. That might mean 1 extra sit up, one more minute on the treadmill or instead of lifting a weight 10 times, lifting it 11 times.

What if someone told you that by just doing this you could ensure phenomenal health & vitality for the rest of your life? Would you consider it & do you think it would be worth it?

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It’s not saying run a marathon today, that would be hard but by just doing 1 extra repetition on something we’re already doing can make a big difference & it’s only 1% extra today. How hard is that?

“Leap off the fence of indecision. Get out of the ‘Want to Lane’ and put yourself into the ‘Got to Lane.’” ~ Gloria Mayfield Banks

I recently applied this 1% principle to my own health & the results are pretty amazing already when I consider where I started from 8 weeks ago. I tasked myself with cycling just 1 minute a day on my exercise bike. If I got on my bike for 1 minute & cycled I gave myself a tick on a chart – that’s all I had to do.

“What gets measured gets improved.” ~ Robin Sharma

I’m now up to 25 minutes a day. Had I started off with 25 minutes I could not have sustained it but now I can easily. More importantly though my habit of getting on my bike & exercising every day is locked in. Over time this one strategy will contribute to my overall health & wellness.

I really thought about my health & the strategies needed for success & then got on with applying it. As life does, it shows up to support us when we take that step.

Unexpectedly 2 world class health experts have come into my life & are working with me. I didn’t know that would happen but I just made the decision I was going to be well & every day that is coming about.

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We have applied this same principle to our Book Arb business & our progress & results are rockin’. Our system & automation has increased way more than 1% & we are achieving it in an easy way by expanding on what we have done already. No rocket science or big effort required.

So today, I encourage you to think about how you can apply this very simple 1% technique for even 1 part of your business, track it & watch what happens.

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Entrepreneurs in Life and Business

Never before have so many been able to do so much from home and to serve so many others.

It’s been an interesting week where it seems a whole year has happened in just one week!

In short, most of us are experiencing a new norm albeit temporarily. There are few lives that Covid-19 hasn’t touched in some way. Indeed, a member of our immediate family is in hospital with the virus & thankfully recovering nicely.woman wearing face mask

At this time most especially, it is important I think that we not only be entrepreneurs in our business but in our lives too i.e. control the things we can, adapt & adjust to the situation & look for solutions that will bring maximum benefit to ourselves & others around us.

In our book biz, it seems we are one of the fringe businesses that are poised to benefit massively as this situation is unfolding & as our world recovers from it, as it will.you got this lighted signage

In Book Arb there will be a lot of opportunities to assist people who are continuing their education, for people who will be changing careers & for those folks who are re-evaluating their lives as all these decisions are supported by the medium of books.

Knowing ahead of time what’s coming allows us to place ourselves slap bang in the middle of demand & service.

“Don’t get ready, stay ready.” ~ Will Smith

So, let’s make sure we are part of the solution by providing what people need & desire & that we are also in the position to contribute financially to others.

The best way to be of service, is to be in a strong position ourselves.

On a personal level, being in control of our minds especially when there are many changes happening around us is key.

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It may help to ask ourselves – “Is this thinking/conversation that I am currently engaged in adding to or taking away from a solution? Am I looking for a solution or perpetuating the problem?”

I urge you not to belittle your contribution even in conversations you have with yourself & those around you by saying, “What harm can this do?” We are each responsible for our own mindset & we never know the impact of what we say or do on ourselves & others.

It’s easy to get pulled into ‘fear based’ conversations. But we can make another decision & give ourselves permission to be stable, optimistic & a positive contributor in knowing that there are far more people who are well in today’s world than ill & by remembering that this too shall pass.

I have been struck & inspired by the depth of global collaboration & common purpose which has many of the best minds in the world working in harmony with one another. I love this!time for change sign with led light

Strikingly, this is something that sages, poets, politicians, musicians have been asking for, for as long as humanity has existed.

In the history of mankind there’s never been a better time to be alive, for prosperity, opportunity & education & our industry in particular encompasses all of these.

Never before have so many been able to do so much from home & to serve so many others.

Wishing you all health, happiness, & sending you my love.

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1% Improvements

We broke down each piece of our business & asked ourselves, “how can we improve this piece of our business just 1% today?”

Hey Friends. Good to see you again. It’s been a while.

So, it turns out that my involuntary timeout has been a wonderful blessing. It gave us some time to think about our Book Arb business in a whole new way which has led us to the opportunity to systemise our business in ways we hadn’t even thought of before. Now that’s a big win!

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It’s funny how when challenges come we usually resist them. We tend to approach them like something has gone wrong when really it is just another opportunity for something to go even better – if we take the time to look for it.

When Roger Babson said the following below I think he was really onto something.

“When things goes wrong, don’t go with them.” ~ Roger Babson

We decided to take the time to think about how to make improvements on what we’ve built already.

We broke down each piece of our business & asked ourselves, “how can we improve this piece of our business just 1% today?”

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This question has revolutionized our approach & made it way easier to achieve. Think about it. If any of us make just 1% improvement on our business every day, that’s 365% improvement in our business over the next year. I’ll take that!

Typically, in life & business we are urged to take massive action to see massive results. It’s sound advice initially but it’s not sustainable unless we set up our businesses with expansion in mind.

Systemising our business means we don’t have to take more action to achieve more results, it means that adding improvements to our system 1% at a time allows it to work harder, not us.

That’s why for us considering ways that we can improve each step of our business in a 1% way feels easier, consistent & automatable. No rushing around, just consistent improvement.

We’re just building our road of gold in a 1% way every day.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden

So, today ask yourself how can I make improvements in my book buying, book selling, returns, tracking etc & then set about implementing them in easy ways. Then watch what happens.

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Corona Virus – Patience & Time

We use this time to our maximum advantage by appreciating our families more, reaching out to others with love & kindness & for us fortunate enough to have online businesses, to work on our businesses from where we are.

It seems there is a global shift happening that is touching us all in one way or another.

Ireland like many parts of the world is now in effective lock down. This is giving us the opportunity to evaluate our lives & to appreciate the everyday pleasures we usually take for granted in a new way.

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It acts as a stark reminder that regardless of location, we are all part of the one family. Each of us share the same concerns & desires for ourselves, our loved ones, our nations & our world.

It is important I think to keep ourselves up to date with the current situation & to abide by the advice without becoming saturated or consumed by it.

We can instead use some of this time, which will pass anyway, to our maximum advantage by appreciating our families more, reaching out to others with love & kindness & for us fortunate enough to have online businesses, to work on our businesses from where we are.

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I count myself fortunate that I can work from home without missing a beat. More that we are surrounded by one of the best communities on the planet, a community for support & collaboration in creating financial success which is one of the great resources of our world. To give we must first have, right?

What I have come to understand about life is the bigger the challenge, the greater the bounce, the more sumptuous the benefits that come from it. We may not know what those benefits are yet, but they are always present.

 “The two most powerful warriors are patience & time.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

Let’s use both well so when the smoke clears & the dust settles, we are in the position to have a positive impact on our new world.

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Accountability

The first person we are accountable to is ourselves! It sounds obvious, but do you hold yourself accountable? Well, let’s see…..

“In life we can have results or reasons. If you are not getting the results you want, your reasons are the lies that you keep telling yourself.” ~ Harald Anderson

When things are going well, do you take the credit for your life, your happiness, your success? Yes, I hear you say.

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When things are not going so well do you equally take the credit for your life, your unhappiness, your lack of desired results? The answer is (needs to be) yes for this too.

Many times we’ll take responsibility/credit when things go well but if things are not turning out as intended then it’s easy for our minds to blame something/somebody else, even a little bit as we lick our wounds.

All day long, we can usually find someone to agree that it’s not fair etc & if only this or that hadn’t happened….Sound familiar?

As with everything else, accountability begins at home – with ourselves.

Once we use the power of accountability for ourselves then we are in the position to join an accountability group, which in our experience, has had a profoundly powerful effect on our book arb business.

Every two weeks we meet online & discuss our wins, our challenges & brainstorm ways to solve those challenges in a spirit of collaboration, support, fun & getting results!

It is mighty for momentum, inspiration & it’s another level of holding ourselves accountable to ourselves & others.

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When you tell someone else what you’re going to do, it really does make you step up your game because you’ve said out loud what you’re going to do & you have to answer why you didn’t.

Wow, it’s confronting & inspirational when you create the right group of people around you that know your potential & cheer & gently challenge every step of the way to achieve your goals.

Being in an accountability group also allows for constant motion & momentum forward toward overall goals as these are achieved by attaining mini goals all along the way.

Another benefit too is that each others success breathes more success which breathes more success lol!

The collective expectation then enhances not only individual success but group success & voila….the circle of success is created!

Because our community is chock full of inspired entrepreneurs building the same business as ourselves it is easy to find & create a group for success around ourselves.

It’s yet another great reason that our business model works. There is massive collaboration in every success story, who wouldn’t desire that?

Next week, I’ll talk about the hot seasons for buying & selling for continuous success!

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