“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.


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.


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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Smart Enough To Be Dumb

It’s not the things in life that we don’t know that thwarts our success most in my opinion. It’s when we think we know more than we do that trips us up.

Luckily for me I don’t have to try hard to be the dumbest one in any room.

That is not meant as a disparagement of me in anyway. I like it because it means I always remain open & I don’t assume I know more than I do.

“If you stay ready, then you don’t have to get ready.” ~ Will Smith

I am always ready to learn, to grow, to hear new points of view & to consider & absorb something new that hasn’t occurred to me.

“Progress is impossible without change & those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~Unknown

This idea has stood me well in life & because of it I have found myself in some pretty interesting rooms.


It’s not the things in life that we don’t know that thwarts our success most in my opinion. It’s when we think we know more than we do that trips us up.

This can mean that we are blind to our weaknesses, ignore warning signs of imminent change in a marketplace or can become complacent & slow our progress.

Think about it. When we’re reaching for new success we’re committed, hungry & inspired.

If we are no longer striving in some way then our ‘edge’ may be missing. This results not only in a slowing down of professional & financial success but much more importantly personal success!

In our Book Arbitrage Community I am fortunate to share time with some of the smartest people in the industry – Jon & Luke & the other mentors.

I remember reading an article written about Henry Ford when he was on the witness stand & the lawyer was trying to undermine his intelligence.

I thought his answer was genius.

“If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?” ~ Henry Ford

Boom! That’s how I see myself. Not as Henry Ford but I am surrounded by a mastermind group who are excelling in my chosen field.

I learn from Tom. I learn from every other mentor.  I learn from my accountability group in Book Arbitrage.


I always learn something new when I go into our Community Mastermind Facebook group. I learn from every live session. I learn from every interaction with people I mentor.

I don’t call the people I mentor students. They are entrepreneurs. We are not working together to learn to be a professional student. We are working together to co create & foster entrepreneurial excellence in book arbitrage.

Not only that but our entire community is a Mastermind group for me because I learn from everyone without exception.

So you see. I don’t have to have all the answers. Phew! I am surrounded by them.

We are truly fortunate to have so many outliers, success stories & leaders of the industry in our community.

It’s our way of life. Like anything, it is important to apply what we learn & to contribute to our community in order to really thrive.

That is the Mastermind principle in action. When you give you receive.

So ask yourself how you contribute to our ever growing success Mastermind group already & consider how you can give more & wait til you see what happens…

It will blow your socks off which is the kind of success I love lol!

Next, I will discuss the power of accountability in our success….

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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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