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EastWind

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I have been up to cleaning, organizing and decluttering my house.

I have come to realize that I use cleaning, organzation as a means to procrastinate, so if I get rid of stuff, less clutter, then the less I have to clean and organize, and if I keep stuff clean right now. The more I can focus on my project.

I'm doing all this so I can kick off 2010 with full speed.
 

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January Accomplishments:
Business and Financial -
Focused on Defining my niche
Networked and created additional area of presence on the internet
Continued to develop my list follow-up plan
Created enough income to have the business pay for the B&P Meet-up expenses
Built or rebuilt 4 major sites
Added 4 new long term clients

Physical and Mental Health -
Lost 4.5 pounds
Am eating more healthy
Increased activity (not enough to call it exercise, though)

Family -
Kept my weekends available to my family.
Was also available to my family on weekdays that they were home.
Played fetch with my dogs daily until THEY quit.

February Goals:
Business and Financial -
Keep Networking
Establish some consistent affiliate income
Rebuild or Build at least 6 sites
Get 5 new clients that add additional recurring service accounts

Physical and Mental Health -
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
Lose 5 pounds
Exercise daily

Family -
Enjoy our business/vacation to PHX
Celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary :)
Continue to keep my weekends free for family
Get that date night going with my husband (still have not accomplished this one)
 

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Most of my time is being spent on my health:
-Three hours a day hooked up to an oxygen generator.
-Taking medication four times a day.
-Cooking extremely healthy (and not always tasty) food.
-Getting enough rest.
-Sleeping at least 8 hours a night.
-Following my doctors instructions.

I have very little time for anything else, but have started putting together a dinner fundraiser hoping to use the proceeds to create a nonprofit. So this is what I have been doing:
-Started a blog to chronicle the process.
-Got a Twitter account.
-Contacting local culinary schools to see if I can "showcase" some of their more advanced students for my fundraiser.
-Searching for proper venues on the web... then will drive out to the visit them.

As soon as these things are done, I will be:
-Accumulating cost estimates and writing a proposal to attract corporate sponsors.

This process may take a while due to my demanding "health" schedule, but it's getting done little by little. I want this to be a very nice, classy event that can be repeated once a month, every month, so I'm taking my time.
 
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How did February go? What is on the plate for you in March?
 

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February went OK.
  • Behind targeted sales amount
  • 3 companies approached me for partnership. One is done deal. Two did not
  • Web site officially going national

March will be a busy month for sales.
  • Going to Treasure department to buy the CP List CD. Ready to invest on Tax Lien.
  • Got new landing pages
  • Creating new flyer
  • Meeting with new potential partners
  • Start programming on the new site
 

Russ H

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Just closed on a new 5 room B&B w/NO MONEY DOWN

Well, that's not exactly correct . . . we did have to put money down . . . it's just that

NONE OF IT WAS *OUR* MONEY! :D

Details to come!

-Russ H
 

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The overall goals are that I am focusing on these categories(in no particular order, IMO, success is defined by performance in ALL of them):

1) eCommerce: -FIND A MARKET/MICRO-NICHE AND PRODUCTS!(finding suppliers now for my running store, but staying open to more niche level ideas)
2) Personal Finance: -MANAGE/ELIMINATE EXPENSES AND BILLS
3) Friends/Family: -KEEP IN TOUCH AND IN THE LOOP WITH THOSE IMPORTANT TO ME
4) Diet: -EAT NATURAL FOODS AND DON’T OVERINDULGE!
5) Fitness: -ATLEAST 30MINS OF ACTIVITY EVERY DAY!
6) Household: -ELIMINATE CLUTTER AND SELL, DONATE, DUMP STUFF!

Some of the big things that need to be accomplished by the end of the month:
-have products up on eCommerce store and start making sales
-sell motorcycle
-maintain contact with the 10-15 most important people in my life
-no processed foods and fruits/veggies atleast 2x/day
-atleast 30 min walk every morning with running workouts starting soon
-be ready to leave house(put it up for sale on Sat).. meaning plenty of craigslist postings, Goodwill trips and garbage runs :coolgleamA:
 

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For the rest of December-

1. Meet with manufacturing company to discuss product. Done Twice
February-

Created Samples- Done

Met with Corporate Attorney to discuss formation of my entity.-Done

March-

1. Discuss and finalize the formation of my entity with an CPA and attorney.

2. Create more samples of my product.

3. Receive my first order.
 

wildambitions

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February Accomplishments:
Business and Financial -
Keep Networking - done
Establish some consistent affiliate income - increased but did not get consistency
Rebuild or Build at least 6 sites - added 7 sites
Get 5 new clients that add additional recurring service accounts - added 2 service accounts

Physical and Mental Health - BIG FAIL
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
Lose 5 pounds
Exercise daily

Family -
Enjoy our business/vacation to PHX - done
Celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary :) -done
Continue to keep my weekends free for family - done
Get that date night going with my husband - does building websites in the same room together count?

Became a grandmother!!!


March Goals:
Business and Financial -
Rebuild or Build at least 6 sites for PAY
Get 5 new clients that add additional recurring service accounts
Improve SEO for affiliate commissions.
Set up "umbrella" business for businesses.

Physical and Mental Health -
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
Lose 5 pounds
Take a break from business every 2 hours for 10 minutes to stretch and walk

Family -
Stop work at 4 o'clock PM - may resume once in back for the evening. (I have a secondary work station in our bedroom and multi-task while watching movies or TV).
Keep up with having weekends available with family.
Pick one thing to do as a family (instead of waiting for them to decide, I will be proactive)
Keep the kitchen and laundry kept up during the week.
 

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Bump on this thread for a new month ...

For me,

I'm taking a working vacation in Laguna Beach for the rest of the summer as I rented a place out here on the Pacific Ocean ... I work mornings (book stuff) work out in the afternoon, and swim/freeze in the ocean in the late afternoon. Meanwhile back at home, my family has taken it upon themselves to move in and use my home as a party place ... they're having a BBQ this weekend and WTF? I'm not there?

My projects (goals) to work on while I am here:

1) Read a boatload of books as I sit on the beach
-- Randy Pausch's Last Lecture
-- Photoshop Classroom in a Book
-- How to Market Your Books, by J Kremer
-- The Self-Publishing Manual
-- Think n Grow Rich (haven't read it in 20 years)

2) Get my book's first print run off to the printer (looks like will happen this month!) The printer has been selected, and hired.

3) Redesign this forum (and possibly move it) in anticipation of the book release and branding strategy. TheFastlaneToMillions is heading into it's final days and will be moved to TheFastlaneForum.com.

4) Get the article portion of this site back on track under a different domain. (FastlaneEntrepreneurs.com)

5) Relaunch the book's primary domain (finished, just haven't uploaded)

6) Get distribution for book. (I need some of the things above to be finished before I can make application)

7) Set the release date and bound book date.

8) Move first run to fulfillment center (fulfillment center already chosen and hired!)

As you can see, this is no vacation but my skin sure shows like a darkened fool that's been living on the beach for the last two weeks.
 

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7) Set the release date and bound book date.
MJ, what is the "bound book date" ?
 

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The release date is the "official release" and is usually several months AFTER the book has been available. The BBD is more like when the book will be available for purchase. So my BBD might be October 2010 while ORD might be Feb 2011.
 

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Mj your starting your own book publishing company?
So if I wrote a book at a later date I'd be able to use your services?
 

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Mj your starting your own book publishing company?
Yea, that is what is taking so long ... I'm practicing what I preach ... about owning the processes and not slicing up your pie among patriarchial control structures ... owning the publishing company is being a DRIVER while using a POD service would be a HITCHHIKER/PASSENGER relationship. Top it off, POD is a no-entry barrier situation and violates another one of my rules and traditionally gets no respect from the publishing industry, specifically, book buyers for the chains.

So yes, I could effectively sign on other authors and represent them.
 

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Nice, so your making more money by self publishing while keeping complete control of the book.

Do you mention this anywhere in the book itself? Maybe at the very end as a last thought.

The book you are reading is a prime example of the fastlane concept. The author self published this very book you are reading in your hands to emphasis being the driver as opposed to being the passenger.
or something to that effect, I think that would be cool.

Maybe if/when your book receives high demand and you have some numbers to throw around. You could include how much money you profited by being the driver and self publishing the book as opposed to being the passenger and using the POD services.

Just to give your book even that much more credibility.

If Rich dad, I'm a phony can sale so many copies I don't see whats stopping yours from doing the same.
 

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It has been a while. Great to see this thread come back to life!

August goals:


  • Settle on two properties currently under contract (sale)
  • Complete construction and list 2 properties
  • Put two new properties under contract (purchase)
  • Revise and submit final offer on small business (and hopefully get acceptance!)
  • Schedule meeting with prospect #2
  • Meet with Diane Kennedy for Tax Strategy session
  • Book California trip (vacation)
  • FL visit for property management review
  • Yoga/Circuit training/Running
  • Finish reading EMyth
My husband and I recently had our mid-year meeting to review our 2010 goals and set new ones for the 2nd half of the year. We were able to check off quite a few but my-oh-my is that white board full with tasks to complete for December!
 

Russ H

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Phlgirl-

Is this your first time reading Emyth? Looks like I might be teaching a workshop on this next Jan! :)

Oh, and say hi to Diane Kennedy from me. :)

-Russ H.
 

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Yes, first time on EMyth (what took me so long)!!??? My very first ipad book. :)

Where is the workshop and what does it entail?

I will certainly communicate your greetings to Diane. Really excited to get her feedback. Have been trying to hook up with her for years but Richard had informed us that it didn't make much sense before, as there wasn't much value for her to add to our situation. We finally have an income problem (?), which is good news, I suppose?

Oh, and one of my goals for October may be to meet Russ H. :) My brother is expecting a baby and we are coming out to SD meet our nephew! Hoping to make the drive up PCH to hit SF and Napa too!
 

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Yes, first time on EMyth (what took me so long)!!??? My very first ipad book. :)

Where is the workshop and what does it entail?
It will specifically be for innkeepers, in Charleston, SC.

I will certainly communicate your greetings to Diane. Really excited to get her feedback. Have been trying to hook up with her for years but Richard had informed us that it didn't make much sense before, as there wasn't much value for her to add to our situation. We finally have an income problem (?), which is good news, I suppose?
Diane is *great* for that. We haven't met w/her either (same reason). But we continue to get wealth coaching from Tom Wheelright.

Oh, and one of my goals for October may be to meet Russ H. :) My brother is expecting a baby and we are coming out to SD meet our nephew! Hoping to make the drive up PCH to hit SF and Napa too!
Wow, that would be *way* cool! Let me know how that develops! Happy to show you around our little corner of the world. :)

-Russ H.
 

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3 weeks in with trading and my account is down a slight percentage as of today. What I've learned from the current market environment is that it seems there's a tug o'war with volatility between companies with solid fundamentals and the uncertainty of the economic environment.

What is good though is that I was able to identify and take advantage of profitable setups, but the targets I'm use to achieving aren't getting reached and my profitable trades are turning into break evens.

Starting next week I'm adjusting my strategy to compensate for this unsure market environment and hopefully will be able to finish my first four months in the black.

On a side note for traders, the last stock I've been trading was CRUS Cirrus Logic and have been on both the long and short sides.
 

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Closed on one lot last Friday, will be starting that as soon as I get the permit. I should be closing on two more by the end of the month, and hopefully a couple more not to long after that.


Its a slow freaken year, I hope the economy starts to pick up at some point.
 
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Bumping the thread.... we have a little over a week left in September.... What are you going to get done?
 

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Just finished the final touches on the website for my new tutoring company last night.
Sent to my partner for final edits, adding music and stock photos.
Will probably take it live next week after Bio photos have been taken and uploaded.
After taken live, I will create the Facebook, Twitter and Blog for the site.
Definitely live by Sept. 30th...right in time for tutoring season to kick into gear!

ACE - The Academy of Creative Education
We already have one client that we meet with next week.
Another one is lined up behind her. Things are looking good!
 

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Wrapping up everything and hand that to my handy man before I head out to Asia.

I will be gone for 3 weeks!

It's time to trust someone to run my business.
 

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I closed on another property in Phoenix, AZ last week. I was able to purchase it at 20% gross rental income.

I sold one of my properties in Toronto, Canada two weeks ago. Closing date is the first week of October.

My stock portfolio is up over 31% YTD. If this return holds, it will be the first time that I have had back-to-back years of over-30% returns (last year my return was 31.6%).

The web site in my sig outlines a few of the things I do on a year-to-year basis.
 

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Been very, very busy.

Private investment partnership up about 20% ytd
Several new investors ready to go (we only allow new partners in January)
2 new clients this month (very slow), but several in the pipeline that will likely close in the next 2 weeks
2 more weeks of training until the half Ironman in Austin, TX
Looking forward to that. I will be competing with several other entrepreneurs from around the US
Heading to a party at the Playboy mansion this weekend (not really productive, just lots of fun)
Trip to NYC next week to visit the NYSE and visit with a client
Sold several motorcycles, still eliminating
Just remodeled the bathroom, ready to put house on market for sale
Working on new business deal with Russian partner
 

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