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7/20/07

People often ask me ...

"How can I get rich?"

Well ... let me tell you how I did it.

1) I learned very early in life that the ONLY way to make money was to "sell" something ... either a product or a service ... something people wanted or needed - or - do something for them they couldn't, or wouldn't, do for themselves.

2) I learned to "make do" with what I had, until I could get what I needed to do a better job.

3) I learned that I had to do anything necessary (but legal) to get to where I wanted to be, even if I didn't like doing it (especially if I didn't like doing it). -- You can do ANYTHING you need to do ... until you can do what you want to do.

4) I learned to never ask anyone to do anything for me that I wasn't willing to do myself - and - everyone who has ever worked with me has taught me about what they have done for me and how they did it. After a while, I could do it, too - but - maybe not as well as they did.

5) I learned to "pay" for what I wanted. If I couldn't afford it, I saved-up to be able to afford it. (Sometimes if seemed like forever.)

6) I learned that no matter how long it took to achieve my goal (whatever it was), it would have been just as long if I hadn't persisted, but I would have accomplished nothing.

7) I learned that NOTHING is as easy or as fast as it should be. It only gets easier and faster when you know how to really do it - and - learning how to really do it is just a matter of doing it over, and over, and over, until you finally find out how it works. Of course, if you give up after the first (second, third, or fourth) try, you'll never do it.

8) I learned most of what I know from my mistakes and failures. My successes never taught me anything ... they were only based upon what I had learned from my mistakes and failures. (That's why those who are afraid to make mistakes, or fail, never achieve the success they desire.)

9) I learned that my most prized possessions were my customers. People who, directly or indirectly, paid for my lunch every day. (That's why, unlike my contemporaries, I reply to my customers emails personally.)

10) I learned that "money" is NOT an end unto itself ... it is only a way of keeping score. (The saddest people in the world are those who are forever chasing the almighty dollar - and - the vast majority of them have no real respect for money.)

11) I learned to ASK for what I wanted or needed - and - to graciously accept a "NO" as readily as a "YES."

YES ... you can get rich - but - you'll have to do it yourself.
No one will do it for you!

I get tickled by people who want to start at the top of the ladder. -- For some unknown reason, they honestly believe they are better than I am, since I had to start on the bottom rung and climb up one rung at a time.

When I mention the above, I often hear ... "Yeah. I could do that - but - it will take too much time. I need money now - and - I don't want to just make a little money, I want to get rich."

Sorry, you'll have to start where I started. -- Do what you need to do to make a little money. Then, do more and more of it to make more and more money. As you make more and more money, the greater the opportunities you will have to make even more money. -- Nothing succeeds like success ... even small success.

The more things you don't want to do, the fewer and fewer things you will do ... until you are doing as most people do ... NOTHING but dreaming!

I can teach you "how" to do it but, you won't get it, until you actually start doing it yourself.

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7/11/07

I love it when I receive reports like this ...

Jim:

Your "You Can Be A Millionaire In One-Year Or Less!" now has my wife mad at you and me both. We'd been planning on bumming around for a couple of months in our RV, but now that (in the three weeks since I purchased your program) I've earned $17,351 on my first two deals, I've delayed our trip a bit. Trying to tell her that if we just wait and I'll buy her a larger one from what I will earn with your program just isn't cutting it. Her response, "We have one of the largest RV's made now. What're you going to do, buy one in a different color?"

Jim, I've been around the business block a time or two myself, however, your "Millionaire" program provides an all new blueprint to putting some easy cash in ye ole bank account. And, I haven't even completed your recommended minimum of three readings yet. Combining your "Millionaire" program and your "Snooping Around" program IS the cat's meow when it comes to making some of the easiest money I've made - and I've also made a bunch through the years.

One of the exciting aspects I've found with your "Millionaire" program is that it opens the 'brain cells' to an all together new form of creativity in seeking the easiest and fastest ways to go from initial idea to putting cash in the bank. Adding a bit of a twist to one of your suggestions, I've uncovered what is looking like will be a steady source of "buyers" and "sellers." As a matter of fact, this source(s), plus a couple other ideas I've had already has had a few potential "buyers" calling me. And, that's just by working in my local area.

As you know, I teach seminars, training programs and offer my own downloadable program that guides folks to achieving their own definition of what success WILL BE in their future. But, even if I didn't, I can confidently say that with your "You Can Be A Millionaire In One-Year Or Less!" program, if the person will stop merely wishing, start doing something, ASK questions, is committed to earning a million dollars, follow your plan, and add a cup and a half of creativity ... the million bucks WILL be there.

If my wife has her way, it might be that I won't earn my Million Dollars in one year with your program -- but, it'll only be because she throws all my business stuff, business cards and laptop out the RV window as we are heading down the road.

Barry Rice -- http://www.outofthefog.com

You, too, can do what Barry has done.

Click Here to learn how "You Can Be A Millionaire In One-Year Or Less!"

Maybe in 3 weeks I'll be telling your story.


5/24/07

I don't want to be a Millionaire. (???)

Just received this ...

"Jim, I have just finished reading your BeAMillionaire sales page, for the 9th time. I want to buy it but I really don't want to be a millionaire. All I want is to make enough money so I don't have to go to work every day for peanuts."

Okay. Let me 'splain it.

Right now, you are probably working 40 hours per week ... 2,000 hours per year ... making your "peanuts."

Using the simple methods I teach in "You Can Be A Millionaire In One-Year Or Less!" you can earn the same "peanuts" working about 200 hours per year. -- Work a little harder and you can double; or triple, your current "peanut" salary.

Then again ... If you are doing some Internet stuff spending 10 to 15 hours per week; 500 to 750 hours per year, bleary eyed behind your computer. Imagine working about 5 hours per week and making 10 times as much.

You don't have to become a Millionaire - but - using my simple methods, you can. -- OR -- You can just "work" a few hours each week and make far more than you are making right now.

Just remember, at age 65 most of those people who are working 2,000 hours per year are trying to survive (barely) on their Social Security checks. (Frightening. Isn't it?)

Jim

P.S. -- Learn how "You Can Be A Millionaire In One-Year Or Less!" - or - just "work" a few hours each week and make far more than you are making right now.

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4/17/07

Will you survive ... today?

Did you eat today? -- Are you wearing clothing? -- Do you have a place, out of the elements, to sleep tonight?

What more do you need ... today?

You may want a ho'bunch of other things - but - all you need to survive TODAY is Food, Clothing and Shelter. Nothing else is necessary to your existence TODAY!

It doesn't even matter how meager your meals may be; or how ragged your clothing; or how dilapidated your housing ... you will survive TODAY, won't you?

As a matter of fact, even if you don't eat today, the clothing you have is insufficient to keep out the elements, and you have to sleep under a railroad bridge tonight, the chances are, you will survive ... at least until TOMORROW.

Think about it!

I'm not kidding. -- Stop for a moment and think about it!

Okay! Did you think about it?
What do you think that has to do with making a fortune?

Once you finally realize that, no matter what, you will survive TODAY, you will be prepared to spend the "time" necessary to get all the other things you want ... enough "time" to succeed, even make a fortune!

You just have to survive until you find what works for you - and - all you need to survive TODAY is Food, Clothing and Shelter. Nothing else is necessary to your existence TODAY! -- So ...

How many days can you go without eating before you really starve? -- How many days until you have to go naked, or sleep under a railroad bridge?

Jim


3/29/07

So many of you emailed me asking ...

"Can I really be a millionaire?"

SO ...

I sat myself down and wrote a new report ...

"You Can Be A Millionaire - Special Mini-Report"

And ... I'm giving it away to anyone who wants a copy.

To get your copy ...

Click Here

It won't cost ya a penny!

Jim

P.S. -- Read it in good wealth.


3/2/07

Opportunities vs. Information

Although there are tons of material on the Internet about "information marketing," the vast majority of beginning Internet Marketers confuse "information" with "opportunities." So, here's the difference between an "opportunity" and "information."

An "opportunity" is a deal whereby your involvement and/or interaction directly with the promoter of the deal is suppose to allow you to make money.

"Information," on the other hand, is only "information" until YOU turn it into an "opportunity" by using that information to do something you want to do.

Think about it! -- Quit confusing "information" with "opportunity."

Before you buy any opportunity, search out sources of "information" (books, booklets, reports) on the subject to determine whether or not the opportunity is real or a scam.

Jim


1/24/07

My Last Hoorah!

Over the past 50+ years in business, I have produced revenues of over $400,000,000 ... most of it before we even had computers; before the Internet existed.

Since One-hundred "buyers" is worth far more than One-thousand "sellers," my friend and I developed a method that produced "buyers" ... real "buyers" not "maybe buyers" - but - we never told anyone (except our kids and grandkids) "what" we were doing or "how" we were doing it.

We took an oath never to tell anyone, but my friend is now retired and I ain't getting any younger - so - with my friend's permission, I am now revealing our long-held secrets to the next generation of aggressive entrepreneurs.

"Click Here" to see for yourself.

Jim

P.S. -- After Rebecca Hagel got it and read it, she said ...

"Eight years ago I dabbled in one little bitty part of this and yes -- it worked (sometimes to the tune of hundreds of dollars in a week). Jim's report just completely opened my eyes to the possibilities. -- I was playing in a kiddie pool back then."


1/15/07

Every week I get asked the same question...

What Is the Best Business to Start?

Who is the most beautiful woman in the world?? -- Depends upon who's looking, doesn't it?

The same holds true in choosing a business. The choice depends upon what advantages you seek and what disadvantages you will accept.

It's all in the eye of the beholder.

There are very, very few opportunities that couldn't be the "best" for someone. It is all a matter of persistence.

Look around you. There are millionaires in every field of business endeavor. There are millionaire garbage collectors ... millionaire bankers ... millionaire shop keepers ... millionaire day-care operators ... millionaire internet marketers ... etc., etc., etc.

As Albert Einstein said, "Anyone can be a genius, if they pick just one specific subject and study it diligently just 15 minutes each day."

The same holds true in business. -- Just pick one specific business. Do it every day until you do it successfully.

Most people don't fail, they just fail to stick with any ONE thing until they have mastered it.

As Benjamin Disraeli said, "The secret to success is the constancy of purpose."

What would be "best" for me ... since I have a very high risk threshold ... wouldn't be the "best" for anyone seeking any kind of security; or privacy.

To succeed in business, you must leave your comfort zone and tread into untried waters ... willing to take the risks.

It will have to be a decision you make.

Jim


1/2/07

Organize Your Time & Efforts

At least once a month, I get something from "Day Timers" ... they're the people who produce all of those appointment and scheduling books you see Real Estate agents carrying around with them.

In one of their offerings, they included this "Success Tip."

"Start Each Day by Making a List! Jot down everything you need to do that day. Then go back and number each item by priority. Work on your #1 priority first and try to stay with it until you're done. Then start on #2 and so on."

Very good advice - but - about 25 years ago, I found a better way ... for me, anyway.

Every time I have an idea, or learn of a job I need to do, or think of a topic for my e-Letter, I print it ... in red ... on a 3"x5" yellow Post-It note and stick it on the top of my desk. Then, when I have some time, I do the jobs that need to be done; move the "idea" notes to my BIG Idea Notebook; and move the "topic" notes to my e-Letter Notebook.

When a job has been done, or an idea has been implemented, or a topic has been covered, I simply throw the note away. That way, I don't have to continually move jobs, ideas or topics ahead in a diary ... besides, I don't need a daily record of everything I do, or think. -- Once it's done, the note is gone.

Hey, it works for me. -- Try it. It might work for you.

Jim


1/2/07

What to Charge for Shipping & Handling!

I was recently asked, "How do you figure out how much to charge for shipping & handling?" -- So ...

Here are some methods you can use to determine the amount to charge for "shipping & handling" in your advertising.

I could give you a bunch of doubletalk about computing the per-piece cost of the shipping containers (or envelopes), extrapolating the number of man-hours involved in making each shipment and multiplying that figure by the average shop-cost per manhour, then factoring in a proportionate amount for overhead based upon the gross overhead less such overhead as may not be directly related to the shipping process divided by the number of pieces shipped in a given year ... as some big companies have been known to do - or - I could just tell you the truth.

"Handling" is a cover your butt term. - It actually goes back to some of the original "Truth In Advertising" rules and regulations.

Let's say that you list only a "shipping" charge in your advertising ... say $3. An order arrives but, because the buyer is so close to you, it only costs you $2 for actual "shipping" costs. Rightfully, the customer would be entitled to a rebate or refund of the unused portion of the "shipping" charges you have already collected; since you paid less than what you charged them as a specific cost.

By adding the non-specific term "handling" to your price quotation, any possible difference between the actually shipping cost and the amount you collected from your customer isn't subject to rebate or refund.

If you are shipping by UPS, FedEx, or some other such carrier; or by the Post Office Parcel Post service, the amount you charge may be determined by adding-up the different charges for shipping to each delivery zone ... then dividing by the number of zones. - The result will represent an average shipping cost ... if you expect an equal number of orders from each delivery zone.

When you don't expect to receive an equal number of orders from each delivery zone, the 'mailorder statistics' for your industry will tell you what percentage of your orders will come from each state. - Multiply the 'cost' of shipping to each state by the percentage stated in the statistics ... use the percentage as a "whole number" when doing your multiplication; not a percentage. Add-up all those numbers and divide by 100. - The result will be your 'average' cost of shipping.

Then again, some marketers simply ask for the 'cost' of shipping to the farthest delivery zone ... knowing that by adding the term "handling" to their advertised offer their butt is covered.

If you are using a flat-rate carrier ... such as Post Office Mail ... your shipping cost will be the same for all of the delivery zones. In that case, use the highest flat-rate cost ... such as First Class Mail. Then, covering your butt by using the term "handling" in your advertising, you can ship by First Class or any of the lower classes ... bulk, book rate, etc.

Of course ... if you don't want to go to all that trouble ... you can just do what most of us do. - Look and see what others, selling products similar to yours, are charging for "shipping & handling" and charge the same.

No matter how you calculate your "shipping & handling" charges, some of your customers will pay you more than it costs you; others will end-up paying you less. - The difference ... plus or minus ... will go to your bottom line. Either adding to your profit, or costing you some of your profit. -- It all evens out in the long run.

Jim


12/27/06

Benjamin Franklin said ...

"Keep your business and your business will keep you."

Unfortunately, all too many online business people treat their business on a catch-as-catch-can basis. They don't establish office hours or keep with any established schedule ... worst of all are the ezine publishers who set a circulation date for their publication then allow almost anything to keep them from meeting their own deadlines. -- Even while I was in the hospital; after my heart attack, my publications went out on schedule.

If you are going to have a business; any kind of business, you MUST establish all the "rules" you will follow ... then, follow them.

Jim


12/14/06

A Word of Advice

If you are going to be in the Internet Marketing "business," be in business.

Quit thinking like a 40-hours-a-week wage slave and learn what doing business (real business) is all about.

Ain't anything worse than someone who says they are in business, then whining, crying and complaining about how unfair the world is to them. Real business people do business and leave the whining, crying & complaining to the job slaves.

Either learn to do business; be in business, or quit pretending to be.

Keep well,

Jim


12/4/06

"Give me the right words and I can print them on toilet tissue and make money."

The real secret to selling anything ... your own products or someone else's ... is to have the right words.

You wouldn't believe the many, many times I have read and recommended a really good information product ... sending a couple thousand people to the sales page ... only to have fewer than few sales. The problem wasn't in the product but, rather, in the sales letter. (Then, the promoter complains that I didn't produce many orders.)

If you don't have the right words, your product can be the very best in the world - but - you won't "sell" it (or, you won't sell as many as you really should).

To learn how to write good sales copy, you could do what I did ... just do it, and do it, and do it, until you get it right - OR...

You could learn how the easy way from a real master at the craft.

One of the best copywriters today is a young (by my standards) fellow by the name of Yanik Silver.

I thought I knew a lot about copywriting ... having done it successfully for over 30 years ... but a few months ago a huge (I do mean HUGE) box landed at my front door from Yanik. Inside was his Ultimate 'At-Home' Copywriting Workshop course.

The package weighed in at over 30 pounds ... 3 huge 3-ring binders ... 12 DVDs ... a pile of CDs ... and a ho'bunch of extras -- over 1,400 written pages of material. -- It took me a couple months just to review it all.

After studying it all, I can say, without equivocation, that it is one of the most complete courses on copywriting ever produced.

Once you've studied Yanik's course, you can sit down and write sales copy that really sells ... just flip right to the section you need (everything is tabbed so you can quickly and easily find 'swipe files' for any kind of sales copy you need). -- It'll feel like you're cheating.

In his course, Yanik gives you example after example of every single thing you need for your Internet business ... emails, pops, endorsements,web sites, headlines, guarantees, PPC ads, etc., etc., etc.

This is, without doubt, the most comprehensive copywriting course ever produced - and ...

As I have said ... thousnds of times ... the greatest skill I have learned over the years is how to write words that sell.

You are, truly, just one good ad, sales letter, or web site sales page away from a fortune. -- It only takes ONE.

Do yourself a favor ... grab your copy of Yanik's course, today. Your bank account will love it.

To check it out ...

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You won't be disappointed.

Jim

P.S. -- I really wish I had had this kind of course back when I started writing sales copy - but - Yanik wasn't even a twinkle in his Daddy's eye back then.


11/20/06

Judge Not ... Lest you be judged.

My daddy used to say ...

"You can only see another man through your own eyes. Whatever you think he might do to you is exactly what you would do to him if you were in his place."

Over the past 40-odd years in business, I have learned the absolute truth in my Daddy's saying. -- My customers have given me step-by-step, point-by-point instructions on exactly how I could cheat them.

After spending months (sometimes years) devising a plan, idea or concept for making, saving or investing money for my customers (about 400,000 of them all together world wide), I finally implement the program and begin getting it into the hands of my customer base. Then, it usually takes about 10 days before the orders and letters begin flowing in.

Inevitably, in those letters, there will be 3 or more that begin, "I'm not going to order your plan because you could steal my money by....." Then, they proceed to tell me exactly how I could cheat them. -- Some of their plans are so complex and well thought out I really wonder where they find the time to do anything legal and constructive. I sure wouldn't want to do business with them if I was on the buying side.

If they think I would cheat them -- and tell me exactly how I could do it -- it is a foregone conclusion that that is exactly what they would do if they were in my position. Since they cannot read my thoughts, they must rely solely upon their own mental processes for any conclusions they may draw. Therefore, what they conclude that I could do would be the result of their own scheming, conniving little minds.

You cannot get behind another person's eyes; see what they are seeing, think what they are thinking, or know what they know. You can only see what you are seeing, think what you are thinking, and know what you know. Therefore, whatever you think that other person could do is what you would do, because it is your thought processes that have created the scenario.

After these many years, I have come to the realization that my Daddy's truism was really nothing more than an example of a much older truism -- "Judge not, lest ye be judged." The meaning comes out the same.

When you judge others, you reveal to the world your own thoughts and mental processes.

Now that you know where judgmental opinions come from why not have some real fun with it.

The next time you read an article about what someone could have done; or hear someone explaining what the President meant when he said something; or a governmental investigating committee asks an accusing question, remember the "thought" process originated in the mind of the writer or speaker. -- You'll know more about that writer or speaker than they ever wanted you to know.

THINK ABOUT IT!!

Jim

 


11/17/06

Just found ...

Sam Freedom's Internet Marketing Controversy Blog
FOR THE PISSED OFF MARKETER!

Suggest you check it out at: http://controversialmarketing.blogspot.com/

I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Jim


11/15/06

Internet Marketing is Alive, Well & Thriving!

You have, no doubt, received a few hundred emails about the report, "The Death of Internet Marketing" ... mostly the same email as provided by the author of that report.

I read it. - Whatta bunch of crappola.

To remove some of the "stink" from "The Death of Internet Marketing" I have written a Special Report.

"Internet Marketing is Alive, Well & Thriving!"

To download your personal copy of the PDF ...

Click Here

It won't cost you anything - and - I won't even ask for your email address.

Just download it and read it. -- You'll learn why "The Death of Internet Marketing" is a ho'bunch of crappola.

Jim

P.S. -- Only download this report if you aren't afraid of the truth.

P.P.S. -- Michael Nicholas has also written a similar report, "Internet Marketing is ALIVE and NOT Dying!" ... it won't cost you anything either ... you can get it at:

http://www.ImpactInfoMarketing.com/IM-is-ALIVE.pdf


11/13/06

The "secret" to success ...

Sorry, I hate to tell you this - but ...

There is NO "secret" to success. -- That's the problem.

Most people who say they want to succeed, go around all their life looking for some "secret" that people like me are sure to know. They just know that if they ever learn that "secret" they will be successful, too. -- Ain't gonna happen because there ain't any secret.

All they need to do is start "doing" something. -- That's all it takes. -- Once they start "really" doing something ... other than searching for the "secret" to success ... whatever they are doing will expand and grow into the success for which they couldn't find the secret.

Over the past nearly 50 years in business, I have heard it thousands upon thousands of times from "success secret seekers" ...

"I ain't gonna get into no nickle and dime business. I want to make millions, not nickles and dimes."

So, they keep buying what they think are "secrets". They never "do" anything, longer than it takes to find out they didn't learn any secrets, they just learned how to "work" at something ... instead of making them rich. Then, they go on to the next "secret," hoping against hope that the new secret will "give" them the riches they seek (without doing anything other than knowing the "secret").

The funny thing is, they all seem to think they are better than me ... and all the other successful people ... because they honestly think that I just woke up one morning, learned the secret, and made a fortune. When, in pure fact, I started selling nickle and dime items, door to door, in my youth ... selling one item to one customer, one sale at a time, making a nickle or a dime on each sale.

As I matured, my endeavors expanded and grew ... changed course ... adapted to the ever changing economy ... moved onward and upward. Each instance of my growth predicated upon providing what my potential customers needed or wanted. Making sure that I gave more value in return for the value I received - and - even today, I still sell one item to one customer, one sale at a time.

The VAST MAJORITY of people who say they want to succeed, only want to succeed if they can make it all at once ... just one sale won't do it. They want big sales, or thousands of sales, immediately. -- So, when a new opportunity only produces a few sales, they move on rather than making those few sales over and over and over and over ... until those few sales have grown into thousands upon thousands of sales.

Most of them are looking for someone to help them do it, rather than looking for the tools they need to do it themselves.

If you want to succeed, "do" something. Let what you are "doing" lead you onward and upward until you have the success you seek. -- There are NO "secrets" to it.

Jim

P.S. -- Many people know the facts. -- Many people have the talent. -- Many people have the need. -- Many people have what it takes. -- But ... very, very few succeed because they are seeking the "secret" to success rather than doing something.


11/10/06 - COMMENT: Greeting's--all you fellow 'Straw.onians' out here in Cyberspace!

I just wanted to take a brief moment of your time in order to give our 'Grand Master' ... yes, Yours and Mine ... 'Mr. J.F.(Jim) Straw' a well-deserved thanks and ernest apprecation for his tremendous support and assistance to All of his valued patrons and membership subcribers. Bravo--Jim--Bravo.

Your information and products are Great, and your personal service is Outstanding!! Thank you so much Jim your for professional service and integrity.

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11/7/06

People often ask me ...

"How can I get rich like you did?"

Well ... let me tell you how I really did it.

1) I learned very early in life that the ONLY way to make money was to "sell" something ... either a product or a service ... something people wanted or needed - or - do something for them they couldn't, or wouldn't, do for themselves.

2) I learned to "make do" with what I had, until I could get what I needed to do a better job.

3) I learned that I had to do anything necessary to get to where I wanted to be, even if I didn't like doing it (especially if I didn't like doing it). -- You can do ANYTHING you need to do ... until you can do what you want to do.

4) I learned to never ask anyone to do anything for me that I wasn't willing to do myself - and - everyone who has ever worked with me has taught me about what they have done for me and how they did it. After a while, I could do it, too - but - maybe not as well as they did.

5) I learned to "pay" for what I wanted. If I couldn't afford it, I saved-up to be able to afford it. (Sometimes if seemed like forever.)

6) I learned that no matter how long it took to achieve my goal (whatever it was), it would have been just as long if I hadn't persisted, but I would have accomplished nothing.

7) I learned that NOTHING is as easy or as fast as it should be. It only gets easier and faster when you know how to really do it - and - learning how to really do it is just a matter of doing it over, and over, and over, until you finally find out how it works. Of course, if you give up after the first (second, third, or fourth) try, you'll never do it.

8) I learned that "money" is NOT an end unto itself ... it is only a way of keeping score. (The saddest people in the world are those who are forever chasing the almighty dollar - and - the vast majority of them have no real respect for money.)

9) I learned that my most prized possessions were my customers. People who, directly or indirectly, paid for my lunch every day. (That's why, unlike my contemporaries, I talk to my customers on the phone and reply to their emails personally.)

10) I learned to ASK for what I wanted or needed - and - to graciously accept a "NO" as readily as a "YES."

YES ... you can get rich like I did - but - you'll have to learn what I have learned.

I get tickled by people who want to start at the top of the ladder. -- For some unknown reason, they honestly believe they are better than I am, since I had to start on the bottom rung and climb up.

When I mention the above, I often hear ... "Yeah. I could do that - but - it will take too much time. I need money now - and - I don't want to just make a little money, I want to get rich."

To get where I am, you'll have to start where I started. -- Do what you need to do to make a little money. Then, do more and more of it to make more and more money. As you make more and more money, the greater the opportunities you will have to make even more money. -- Nothing succeeds like success ... even small success.

The more things you don't want to do, the fewer and fewer things you will do ... until you are doing as most people do ... NOTHING but dreaming!

I can teach you "how" to do it but, you won't get it, until you actually start doing it yourself.

Jim

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11/6/06

Each month I receive at least an hundred email messages asking "How can I succeed in business?" and I see the same question hundreds of times each month on the various Discussion Boards I frequent. -- The question may not take exactly that form but that is the heart of the message.

To succeed in business (any business), you MUST "sell" something to someone. Spend your time and resources learning to "sell" ... whether in print or face-to-face. Then, find something to sell. -- Don't try to "get rich." Just try to "make a living." -- WHY? Because no one ever got rich until they, first, were able to "make a living" - and - the greatest fortunes in the world were (and are) made just "one sale at a time."

Once you have mastered the art of selling, you will be well on your way to success ... in any business you choose.

Jim


11/4/06

Here is a neat little way to make some extra money by republishing material from the public domain and selling it on eBay. -- A double whammy ... capturing public doman publications - and - selling on eBay.

This little 8 minute on-screen video actually shows you EXACTLY "how" to do it ... for Free.

Do yourself a favor and watch the video -- just ...

Click Here

If it doesn't impress you with it's fortune-making simplicity, nothing will.

Jim

P.S. -- I watched the viedo (twice) and read the PDF files ... I was totally impressed.


11/1/06 - COMMENT: Welcome to the world of blogging. I have my own blog entitled "Business Myths & Realities" where we answer the questions. -- Do some New Zealanders run their cars on water? Do you want to know how? -- Ever hear of the AFT tax? It's been proposed in Congress. It would eliminate the Federal Income Tax, State Taxes, Inheritance Taxes and a few more with plenty of bucks left over for our government to run on. Want to know more go to my blog. -- Dave Roman -- http://businessmyths.blogspot.com

11/1/06 - COMMENT: A good way to check out whether the work at home opportunity is really for you is simply ASK.

Ask from the writer/ publisher himself or ask from the persons who provided the testimonials or you can even do a quick check on the Internet on reviews (both good and bad) written on them.

The good ones will always give a response and answers.

WHO would you rather work with? -- Someone who listens and answers your questions or someone who simply ignores you?

Sunny Tung -- sunny@formorebusiness.com


10/31/06

Work At Home?

Work at home ... work at home ... work at home ... you've probably heard it thousands of time - haven't you.. During my 50 years in business, I'd be willing to bet I've heard it hundreds of thousands of times.

For over 30 years that I can recall, "working at home" was equated to doing some kind of mailorder business.

Over the past 10 years, "working at home" has become equated to doing some kind of Internet business.

The only reason mailorder marketing and Internet marketing have been the little darlings of the "work at home" promoters is because the promoters themselves don't really have to do either in order to make a fortune selling information about doing it. -- The statistical information about possible returns and stories of great successes are easily collected and added to the promoter's hype. -- And, no matter how worthless a promoter's information may be, they can always glean a few testimonials to add as well. (Read my July 2002 e-Letter at: http://www.businesslyceum.com/Jul02.html ... to find out how that happens.) -- BUT ...

Guess what?

There have always been hundreds and hundreds of ways to "work at home" without ever licking a postage stamp or even owning a computer. -- The problem with those "work at home" opportunities is that they don't have any sizzle the promoters can use to promote the opportunity - and - having never done it themselves, they don't really have enough information about the opportunity to write about it.

If YOU really want to "work at home," quit letting the promoters lead you around by the nose. Look for opportunities that don't have any promoter's sizzle to them.

Over the past 50 years, I have learned for an absolute fact that the opportunities with the least sizzle have made me the most money.

YES ... I have written reports about both Mailorder and Internet Marketing - but - I have done both successfully BEFORE I ever wrote about doing them - and - I only tell my readers how they can do it the same way I have done it.

Keep well,

Jim


10/30/06 - COMMENT: I just want you to know I have total respect for you here on line. -- I believe you are an amazing person. Someone with your caliber and expertise takes a lot of patience and time. I have never known anyone like you before, especially when you give out your address to everyone to contact you. To me Sir, this a true blessing in disguise. You take the time out to help others no matter who they are or what may be going on in one lives. For this, I can only Thank You Mr. Jim Straw and your family for the time you spend with the rest of people here online. - Thank You Sir! -- Arthur Murray -- murrayent2k3@aol.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: May I offer a second, or Amen if you prefer, to the power of the written word...and ONE shortcut to learn HOW to WRITE copy that works is: -- simply read every single page on the Business Lyceum -- PRINT out the ones that most appeal to you ... and STUDY what Jim writes, it could be worth a small fortune to you ... it has been for me. -- Gordon Jay Alexander -- gjabiz@yahoo.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: In my opinion, adding to comments from Jim is ... how "hungry" is the person working the program? What are their 'real' reasons? Are their reasons strong enough for them to see them work through to succeed in the business? Are they - the "I will make it happen" or are they just "see what happens" type.-- Even goal setting sucks big time, which I found in this report at http://www.sunnytung.com/dnaofsuccess.html -- Sunny Tung -- sunny@formorebusiness.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: I agree with your comments about writing proper copy. Some of what I see is pitiful. --Tom Donaldson -- http://PreMind.blogspot.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: Welcome to the world of blogging - I wish you success. I agree with your learning scenario to a certain point - I think everyone learns at a different level. Yes, having a manual or printed instructions to follow are great but I find them to also be too tedious. I like the videos that take you step by step because I can have the program open then pause the video and go do what the next step was that the video just showed me - I guess the visual aspect is better for me. I can read over something several times but when I see it actually being done on a video it seems to really solidfy what I have read and bring it all together. As they say, to each his/her own, that's what makes the world interesting. -- Ron Coble -- http://www.importexporthelp.com/

10/30/06 - COMMENT: Looking forward to reading your blog and commenting. You're still the BEST! Thanks for years of encouragement, friendship, and great marketing strategies. -- Michael Penland -- http://www.instantcashmarketing.com/invitation.html

10/30/06 - COMMENT: I've followed your impressive success over the years, and just wanted to reinforce a belief you've always extolled, that 10% of success is given and 90% taken...your actions in so many ways confirms this. Best wishes for continued success. -- Bob Meyer, Publisher http://www.barternews.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: You could not be more correct the little extra time is well worth it expecialy with large ebooks it frees you to absorb the total content and another tip is to keep a note book on hand while reading to take notes and write down the key points and then expound on these useing your own words then you know you got it! -- Richard McGinnis -- kiosk@abizsuccess.com

10/30/06 - COMMENT: When I looked at your Blog, I thought you were losing it! But, then it all became clear. Your suggestion about printing out instructions so you don't have to keep jumping back and forth makes sense. - Thankyou! -- Susan C. - Scolli@aol.com


10/28/06 -- Just figured out ...

WHY it may not have worked for you!

As I read over the comments from my readers, I found two (2) very distinct reasons why most programs don't work for some people.

First ... I have found that a good many people try to read the instructions to a new program on their computer screen. -- No matter how hard I try, I can't do it - but - when I print out the instructions (eBook; or whatever) it is much easier to do, whatever is being taught.

SO ... if you are having a problem getting a program to work for you, you might want to print it out and read it at your leisure rather than trying to understand it on screen.

Second ... even if a person fully understands what to do and how to do it -- if their ad-copy is as pitiful as some I've read, they will never make it work. -- SO ...

No matter what business you're in ... what type of products or services you are selling ... if you don't learn to write good ad-copy, YOU WILL NEVER SUCCEED in any kind of business.

Keep well,

Jim

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