Reasons or Results

This week if you decide, could be the week you take your online business by the scruff of the neck and learn what you need to learn to become successful.

In thinking about our wonderful opportunity here with Book Arbitrage, I was considering the importance of each of us showing up in our business 100%.
Sounds obvious right, but are we doing it?

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Let’s look at what we have.

  • We have a brilliant system for creating wealth with the software already built in.
  • We have 2 live sessions every week where we can ask any question and have it answered by experts, who are in the business themselves.
  • We have the Facebook mastermind group where we can plug in to a Book Arb super-brain and find an answer to any question and also make contributions too.
  • We have a world class email support team that work around the clock to answer all tickets, every time.

So here’s the question, are we showing up in our business in the same way with the same commitment?

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” ~ Wayne Huizenga

Since we are the creators of our own success, does it matter how many cheerleaders and support we have if we don’t show up?

Think about a world class athlete who has a whole team of people around him/her and yet he/she doesn’t show up fully or he/she wants someone else to run the race for him/her. How is that athlete, who is the driver of the dream, ever gonna win?

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In Book Arb, we don’t need special skills to succeed, but we do need to show up. Everything is learnable. If someone said to you if you learn how to work this ATM machine you can withdraw as much money as you like, no limits! Would you dig in to learn it? Or would you say, I can’t do it, even though you haven’t spent much time learning it yet.

For example, if you’re not clear on your way around your Member Central account yet, within a week of focus, say one hour a day, you could master it and then get on with the task of making money.

If your Amazon Seller account is still confusing to you, do you think 6/7 hours of focused learning in there over one week or weekend could move you forward? You could get it mastered in a very short amount of time if you decide to. Then, you are in the drivers seat.

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Don’t let your mind give you excuses. You can have reasons or you can results but you can’t have both.

There are only a handful of mechanics to get used to with Member Central and Amazon Seller Central and when you can do both, you are operating an ATM machine. Now, that’s worth spending a little bit of time on.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” ~ Jim Rohn

This week, if you decide, could be the week you take your online business by the scruff of the neck and learn what you need to learn to become successful.

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” ~ John D. Rockefeller

We are all still cheering for you, but no one can replace you in your business. You are irreplaceable!

So jump into the drivers seat and before you know it you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams because you decided to.

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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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Mentoring

There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we become experts at what we do & continue to grow in that. It just makes sense when we think about it, right?

Becoming a mentor in Book Arb is one of the most wonderful opportunities of my life.

I live to make a difference & to share what I know & am learning. I think to be of value to others is a privilege.

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Putting my experience into practice both in our business & that others benefit is how I love to life my life i.e. “Being of maximum benefit to as many people as I can.” ~ Unknown

“Tell me & I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me & I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

The above 2 quotes hang on the wall of my office. It is how we (myself & Tom) both love to live our lives i.e. in service of a bigger purpose.

Undoubtedly it’s one of the many reasons that success feels so delicious to us. It is shared.

Already, in a very short space of time, the role of mentoring has accelerated our results, not least of which because it caused me to re learn the basics so that I could teach it more succinctly.

In order to master any area of our lives, perhaps the fastest & most effective way to achieve that is to teach that subject.

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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~ Bruce Lee

Doing the right things in the right order at the right time i.e. doing the basics until they are second nature, is what separates truly successful people from others.

Too often people move on chasing the next big thing instead of excelling in what they are currently doing. This can cause mediocre results in both endeavors instead of extraordinary.

“Really successful people say no to almost everything.” ~ Warren Buffett

Focus & continuous action in one discipline at a time, over time brings huge rewards.

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There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we become experts at what we do & continue to grow in that. It just makes sense when we think about it, right?

I appreciate where we are in our business now & I appreciate the road before us which has been made all the more magical by sharing our knowledge with other brilliant community members.

I celebrate our continued success…..

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Maintaining Focus

I would ask you to reflect on where you lose your focus in your business. You will find it shows up in the same ways over and over until you address it.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

Since no one can think for you or live your life the importance of maintaining your focus on your own horizon is essential.

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Sometimes people around us are afraid we’ll fail and sometimes they’re afraid we’ll succeed. Either way their dominant focus is based on fear and if you allow that into your world, their focus on fear can influence you too.

For the most part we are surrounded by well meaning people. However, even when they share your goals & dreams their fears can distract you if you allow it and if you are not in charge of your own mind.

With our Book Arb community we are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many powerful leaders who are succeeding & their collective success is a persuasive example for individual success.

Since however, we are each responsible for our own journey, and there are many ways to continuously achieve that, it is possible to become distracted by other’s experiences.

It is vital to help others through your own achievement of success and not at the expense of it. It is easy to get caught up in helping others, especially when you live to serve, but it is vital to remember that you are in charge of your time and the ways in which you spend it. Period.

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In the last blog I shared my work flow. In it you can see how important it is to prioritize achieving daily goals in order to achieve overall goals. Then you are in a position to help others. It’s about saying ‘Yes’ to the right things & equally important to say ‘No’ to other things i.e. demands by others.

This balancing act of growing my business & loving helping others is something of an ongoing challenge for me. I love love love to share what I am learning and what is working for me. It is the coach in me.

However, this is where my diluted focus can show up when this is out of harmony.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself. The other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou

Helping myself is as important as helping others. That’s where my learning is.

By focusing on enjoying my own journey and helping others as I go, this allows me to experience my definition of success. Maintaining my balance in this is what brings fulfilment.

Do you lose focus when you don’t know what to do next and therefore procrastinate? Or does it happen because of other’s demands on your time be they family obligations or children? Is it because you have a very active social life?

“Focus on remedies, not faults.” ~ Jack Nicklaus

There is power in identifying where you leak focus because it will be habitual i.e. automatic. You can only change it when you see it.

What one thing could you change today that will help you maintain your focus in a clear way?

Once you are clear on the change you require, consciously create a new habit to combat it. For me, for instance in not answering emails or social media in the mornings, I achieve my goals first. Then I am in a position to help others.

Next, I will discuss the fundamental tasks of this Book Arb business and how best to apply them.

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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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