Swimming In My Own Lane

Swimming in our own lane makes for delicious progress as this way we have no competition. We only have forward momentum and success pulling us along the way. We are supported on the sidelines by real experts so it’s all systems go.

Sometimes in life we thwart our efforts by comparing ourselves to the swimmer in the next lane. It seems we are conditioned to measure our success with others in our circle i.e. our family and peers.water swimming competition pool

Now that myself and Tom are swimming in a bigger pond with book arb and moving in circles with others who are ahead of us in the financial sense there are times when our conditioned minds can show up and balk at our efforts. This is a mind trap. Do not fall for it.

The reality is that we are creating more money online every day. Since we are surrounded by others who have expanded past the point where we now find ourselves then we are in the right pond as it were.

So we are in the right place at the right time doing the right things. Golden!

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.   ~ Malcolm X ~

When we are the ones in the room with the most to learn and the most progress to be made still ahead of us then we have the most to gain by being there. The figures that our peers are creating are simply staggering to us at this point but since we are learning from the best we are in the process of becoming the best ourselves.

It is important to acknowledge our own progress along the way and to celebrate our wins. We often know more than we realise and I love when I find myself answering a question on our community Facebook group that will help somebody else just as we have been helped.

Consider how much progress could you make if you only compared yourself to where you were say this time last year.

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.   ~ Washington Allston ~

For us, this time last year we did not have a successful online business. We did not know anything about the lucrative book buying and book trading business. We were not generating daily profits. We did not have a certain way for creating predictable sums of  money. We did not have a community of cheerleaders and experts helping us to grow our business daily. We did not have money compounding at the extraordinary rate it is today.

Comparing ourselves to where we were and celebrating our wins gives us and our business powerful momentum. We are the only ones who are ultimately responsible for it so it is vital that we feel appreciation and passion for this entity that is changing our lives financially.

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.   ~ Babe Ruth ~

Positively reinforcing our efforts and honoring our progress to date fuels the trajectory of this amazing business. Being on board a train that is picking up speed and creating more profits and momentum along the way is exhilarating.

Successful book arbitrage business is a train that is available to everyone who has an internet connection and basic IT skills which excites me.

Swimming in our own lane makes for delicious progress as this way we have no competition. We only have forward momentum and success pulling us along the way. We are supported on the sidelines by real experts so it’s all systems go.

Next, let me share with you the exhilarating nature of textbook season and the amazing bump in profits that brings.

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Mindset is Everything

Our minds are our dream makers or breakers. Having our minds tuned to expect success and happiness is the key element to a fulfilling life in every way.

As alluded to in the other blog, mindset is what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to success.

As easy as this system is and it is easy, if your mind isn’t tuned for success it is easy to find a way to mess it up or at the very least slow it down.

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We have been on this journey with book arb since October. We have had so much support through the training and community and yet it took a while for it to really sink in that this business is less about selling books and more about flipping money. Success is achieved through the speed of turnover of sales and ploughing the profits back into the business. This is what achieves breath taking compound auto profits. We bought good books or so we thought starting off. Now, we look at them and giggle. What were we thinking and yet mistakes are part of the road to success.

For most of the world mistakes can be viewed as something that went wrong, an inadequacy of some kind or that success is not meant to be. Believe me, I used to think the same thing as I created business failure after business failure. Now, though I have come to see that building in mistakes as part of the journey makes for success.

The biggest mistakes we made with this business were not reading the sales charts (keepa charts, more on these at a later time) thoroughly enough. Also, we kept holding out for more profits on every sale i.e. we did not reprice competitively enough in the beginning. However, once we realised that profits of 30% turned over quickly on every dollar many times a year amounts to way more than of 100% ROI annually. Very satisfactorily, we are beginning to see the results in our profits with that change of approach.

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

We may have been spoiled during the one and a half bumper season we have experienced so far (there are typically 2-3 textbook seasons throughout the year, Jan-March, May to Jun & August to October when college kids do bulk buying) when we were commanding sales from 100-250% ROI (return on Investment) and expecting that to continue. Not that that is not achievable over and over again but not every day!

The other invisible impediment could well have been that I was so used to not achieving success that when it came wrapped in a big red bow, like this one did, that it took me a while to really understand that making money is easy. Of course, there is work involved but now we’re creating money that will make a life-changing difference to our families and it’s just a rinse and repeat system now that we are getting it down.

The other exciting element for us is that others in the community who are a year ahead of us time wise, using this system, are already working one hour a day and creating tens of thousands of dollars in income.

The velocity and speed with which success is possible with this has been amazing for us. It’s why we put the last of our savings into this. It’s why I walked everywhere and took buses for six months having put the money to purchase our car into the business. Now, I’m not talking a Ferrari, at least not yet, I had put aside €1,000 to put towards purchasing a second-hand car but having that money work for us to get us to where we are now has been worth it. Next year I will be in the happy position to buy any brand-new car I desire.

There will be many more posts about mindset as that is my area of passion. Our minds are our dream makers or breakers. Having our minds tuned to expect success and happiness is the key element to a fulfilling life in every way. We are finding financial success with this system transformational. Having this part of our lives squared away is clearing the way for success to show up in every other area of our lives too.

In the next blog I will describe some of the key habits I perform daily that makes success with book arb a certainty. After all, success is a habit too.

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