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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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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Success is a Habit

It is consciously having it all in every area of your life.

I approach success in two ways i.e. Personal and Professional. Both categories are interlinked. No light bulbs flashing there. However, the successful people I know are keenly aware of how they spend their time and are conscious of how each part of their lives influences the other.sunset-summer-golden-hour-paul-filitchkin.jpg

Let me define for you my premise for success. It is consciously having it all in every area of your life. What is the point in having a lot of money but you can’t run around with your kids i.e. your body is out of shape. Or having a phenomenal love partner but you are unsatisfied professionally.

So many people settle for less than they are capable of. They feel stuck in one or more parts of their lives and are not conscious of how their habits create their daily lives. Let me give you an example of what I mean.

My mind is still in the habit of telling me every morning that I don’t have time to exercise today. Every morning I ignore that because if I don’t make time for well-being and fitness I am unconsciously making time for sickness and diminished energy. How many times do our minds feed us this kind of misinformation and we accept the programme in our minds as true?

The funny thing about my exercise routine is, is that I have it down to 15 minutes a day and still my mind likes to pass comment about time shortage. However, because I am clear as to why I am working out and how it affects every other area of my life and for the purposes of this blog, for book arb, I do it anyway. My mind will eventually give up telling me I have no time and my consistent habit of working out is becoming automatic. That right there is one of the secrets of success. Consistency.

So back to my overall habits. For one thing as I have alluded to I am very clear on what I am creating in my life on a daily basis and why. I set myself up for success that way. This did not take me very long at all to work out and has set me up for life. You wouldn’t set off on a holiday without first planning where you are going, knowing whose going with you, what you’ll do when you get there, where you’ll stay and for how long and yet very few people plan the destination of their lives! A two week holiday frequently gets more attention than a lifetime of happiness.

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.  ~ Earl Nightingale ~

I am clear about the kind of life I desire to live and the way I live today, that is the habits I create today, create my future ideal – today. I designed a plan on paper for working from home with my partner in life, Tom, creating a life-changing sum of money that would allow us to live the life of our dreams from anywhere in the world using the power of compound interest. Within 2 weeks of creating that plan the opportunity for book arb came into our lives. It was a no brainer to jump in.

First thing is know what you want. Done. Next was to know our why. Done. This why by the way is not a one off. This why is the reason we both get up early every morning to work on our book arb business and to move the needle for a higher return. We work out our bodies through exercise. We meditate to begin the day with a clean slate and to ensure that we are clear and conscious in our decisions. We work out our minds through reading or listening to conscious inspirational material.  We then consciously talk about the things we appreciate as what we appreciate grows.

Then we are ready to dig into the business in the practical sense. I typically begin by checking my emails for alerts on book deals (easy, next blog). Next I go about repricing which is done both automatically and manually ( again, next blog). Next I look for trade-in deals which is literally trawling for free money. Then if I am buying books that day I buy books.

Tom is a whiz at systems and spreadsheets and paying the bills on time e.g. book processing fees etc. He deals with returns and logging all our books in order. He is super efficient in this and makes our business run like clock work. By lunchtime I like to check into the Facebook group to ask or answer questions and be inspired by the community. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I attend the live webinars to connect with the community and to learn more. To my mind, if I’m not learning and applying what I learn I am not growing.

Wednesday mornings at the moment is my social media morning so I blog or tweet etc. My whole week is set up around the success of this business. Thursdays and Fridays continue with sales and trade-ins and consideration of goals met or missed that week and followed by scheduling for next weeks routine. I am happily applying myself this year to book arb for financial success as that is our over riding goal for the year and literally this will yield expansion in every other area of our lives. By this time next year most of it will be automated and we are excited by this as creating money is about time freedom as well as money freedom. There are many inspirational people in the book arb community who are already enjoying their new lifestyle and we are excited to join them.

We know exactly what we are looking to achieve and regularly schedule times to strategize how to reach those goals so that we stay on track. Our results so far are humble as you can see from our screen shots but they are significant to us and our financial freedom once we apply the system so it’s easy to keep going.  Further, because we are playing a bigger game in our daily habits independently of the results, we are setting ourselves up for the success that has now become inevitable. We have passed the tipping point and I’ll explain how in another blog.

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Do not let your mind take you out here with these humble figures. When you can create one dollar on-line there is no limit to how many dollars, or euro in our case, you can create. The life-changing figures are on their way as we know where we are going and having a lot of fun learning along the way. Definition of a great journey for me.

The speed with which it is possible to turn our financial fortunes around with this is nothing short of extraordinary to us and from such a small initial investment of €1,000.

It may be of interest to note that I had created success habits before this opportunity arrived and perhaps that is why success is so expected now. We knew who we were and formed some daily habits of success before we started this or knew about this opportunity. It is easy to believe the story your mind tells you when it says, “I would work out too if I had the time or money,” or that “it’s ok for them (pick your hero),” but you can be sure they had success habits in play that got them there.

If all this sounds like a lot of work then think about the amount of work you could have to do over a lifetime when working for someone else doing something you don’t really like. Or take charge of your financial destiny today and work only when and where you desire. It may be worth some consideration.

Can I guarantee your success? No. But I can assure you that for us this opportunity is changing our lives and it has exceeded our expectations in terms of delivery of what was on offer. Our dreams are in the process of coming through because this opportunity has gotten the monkey off our backs in the financial sense and our horizons have been broadened now that money is no longer an issue holding us back.

Next I will get into some of the nitty gritty of the book arb business by sharing with you how we find deals so quickly and the power of dynamic repricing.

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