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Befriending the Enemy

One time, I took action regardless of the fear I felt in my heart.

The greatest power we can ever own is living fear-free. This is a healthful way to live. As with any new habit, it can take a few weeks before it becomes part of what you do, say, think.

I discovered that if I have patience with myself and take things a tiny step at a time, I can make positive things happen.

In some way as well, every once in a while, with my heart in my mouth, I close my eyes and take that large singular step. I then open it and realize that I was able to achieve something.

Break free from fear by taking positive action towards your goals RIGHT NOW.

Break free from fear by taking positive action towards your goals RIGHT NOW.

Whether at work or at home, take things one day at a time, one single step at a time, or even one moment at a time.

Make that most important client call you’ve been postponing for the last moment.

Tackle that most irritating yet valuable task you’ve been relegating till whenever.

Take action upon an issue that has been sitting in your To-Do list for the longest time.

Every single day, take at least one action step related to your business goals as well as your personal dreams. And once you have taken that first step, take action daily despite the fear in your heart and the critical voice in your mind.

As you do so, your business and your life take on definite changes.  Fear, which was once the much-dreaded enemy lurking in the shadows, will soon be the much-needed ally in bolstering you towards success.

What has been your greatest fear and how were you able to deal with it?

Does Wanting More Make You Greedy?

I asked this question a couple of times today to more than ten people while I was having a haircut in a near-empty salon:

“If you have a million pesos and wanted to make more out of it, would it make you a greedy person?”

Interestingly, nine out of ten people said no. And on a much more interesting note were some of the reasons behind their reply:

  1. “Because the more I need to make it grow makes me come across as business savvy”
  2. “Because if I worked hard for it, I deserve to find the means to make it serve a purpose”
  3. “Because if I didn’t work hard for it, it can be utilized as a blessing (not a curse)”
  4. “Because if you don’t use it, someone else will, and in a way, I lost the opportunity to make good use of it”
  5. “Because it’s meant to be spent and it defeats the purpose if I don’t use it”
  6. “Because it’s mine”

Does wanting more make you less of a person? (courtesy of http://www.instantshift.com)


When life hands you a million bucks, what do you do and why do you do it?

Do You Rock the Boat or Sink it?

Are you someone who motivates people?

Do you help build morale and keep it from crashing down to a person’s shoelaces?

Do your actions help enhance how people perform at work or function at home?

Do you resolve challenges instead of adding to conflict?

Do you look around and discover means to make other people’s lives including yours better?

And when you leave the room, how do you make people feel? Do you make them miss you and look forward to your next visit, next engagement, next date?

If you said yes to at least one or two of these questions, then you are a Captain who can successfully steer the ship towards its destination.

Do you know what it takes to lead? (courtesy of people-equation.com)

Even if the boat leaks, you know what to do.

Top 3 Business and Life Lessons of 2012

Make peace with your past.

Have you made a couple of mistakes both professionally and personally that continue to hound you or that nearly cost you your life’s savings, even your life?

In life, you learn how to deal with mistakes

Three ways to conquer and silence the beast:

  1. Forgive yourself for committing a faux pas, then move on.  Start again!
  2. What’s the lesson that merits your undivided attention? Don’t lose it.
  3. Recreate something useful and creative from what tripped you in the past.

Eat, pray, love.

Your own fears can be a stumbling block to success and can cause even the most diligent to retrace their steps back to the starting line instead of push towards the finish line.

You eat while I pray which is what they love

What’s wrong with enjoying the lasting benefits of a plateful of fruit with a slab of chocolate on the side? Why be scared of asking God for what you’ve been dreaming of for two or more decades? What’s the fear that’s preventing you from reciprocating the humble affections of a loved one?

Pay it forward.

I started out as a virtual worker knowing only the basics.  With the help of family, friends and colleagues, I was able to understand the intricacies of balancing home life, motherhood and a virtual career.  I was able to discover the joys of helping a business grow and help other people in the process.

A great way to settle old debts

There are many ways to pay your dues forward, but one main thing stands out the most: always reach out.  It is not enough to just listen to what others say or don’t say.  Most times, it is the unspoken word that strikes a deep chord and moves the person to action.  So reach out and hold on to the person until he has steadied himself and can ably help someone else.  Let the cycle continue.

What’s Selling?

Google will always be my virtual BFF.  It never lets me down when I want to dig up interesting finds online.

Lately, there’s an ebook I promised my friend I would sell, and I was able to gather a few odds and ends to weave into something worthwhile.  There have been a few gems that turned out to be helpful, apart from the fact that they’ve been there for ages, all for the taking.

Check my top three seller options in bringing a product closer to your market, because let’s face it, your product won’t sell itself just sitting there.

Amazon.com offers a Self-Publishing option via Amazon Kindle.  Through this feature, I can make my product available for sale on Amazon.com, and so I can get paid for sales as well.  The good news is it’s free and I can sign up for an account and publish titles to the Kindle Store at no cost.

eBay is stress-free and a hands down winner for me! All I have to do is open an account, upload the item I intend to sell, get all the ad content going and all I have to worry about is my choice of shipping and payment options (eBay offers a flat rate across all shipping options, be they international or domestic).

ClickBank has a great offer for Vendors like me.  It has more than 100,000 active affiliate marketers ready to promote a product (like an ebook in my case) in exchange for a commission.  I suggest the retail price and the affiliate commission I want to pay for the product.  Upon approval, I pay ClickBank the one-time $49.95 activation fee.  Upon payment, the ebook will be included in the ClickBank Marketplace and will be available for ClickBank affiliates to promote.

There are a lot of other options and I intend to keep looking.  Where do you think is the best place to sell products online?

Ovaleye’s Kathy Nelson

Before becoming Chief Decision Maker at Ovaleye, she used to be hailed as the Original Napster.

(photo taken from theworkathomewoman.com)

I came across her video on YouTube while I was lazily looking for a makeover tutorial and I immediately hit the Subscribe button.

Organizing Your Team and Keeping Productivity Up

There’s something about her that makes you trust her instantaneously and from then on, I religiously watched her on Ovaleye TV, followed her and her daughter Jenn on Facebook (who’s Director of Operations) and valued her SOHO tips (small office-home office).  She inspired me to start blogging once more but this time, following a more solid and worthwhile direction.

Her humility and grace is awesome; I felt as if I was aiming for the moon when I sent her a message with a simple request: if I can feature her on my blog, saying that I have nothing to offer her aside from my earnestness to share with you all the wonderful things I learned from her.  And she agreed! More than that, she warmly reached out and made me feel very welcome.

What inspired her to start Ovaleye?

My husband and I owned mainstreetmusic.com from 1999-2005. We competed with iTunes and Walmart music downloads back then. It was a crazy fun business to be in. We had thousands of people visiting our website daily and it created many down times for us. So we bought a couple of servers and put them in a safe location in downtown Seattle and were able to handle our traffic easily. But then Walmart bought our database providers and mainstreetmusic.com stopped. I had two servers now what do I do with them? My husband and I started Ovaleye.com back in 2006 helping our local businesses with their websites and hosting them on our servers. Our daughter Jenn joined the business after she graduated from college. We now have many servers in that same secure location and Ovaleye provides hosting and cloud services to all our members all over the world.

I know how challenging it is to get investors. How did she find investors for the business?
Finding investors can be easy if your business is sound and full of potential. I had a couple investors at one point but it didn’t work out. I learned some very valuable lessons that year. I learned that no one is as passionate about your business as you are. Your work ethics are different from the investors. I am sure there are great investors and partnerships out there. At the moment there are no plans to find another investor.

Her take on the most difficult part of starting the business
Starting the business was the easy part. You have to sustain the business and help it grow with decisions you make every day after that. I would say the hardest part for me so far is year 5 and we got through it.I hadn’t gone to that level with mainstreetmusic.com so it was new territory.  Partners, adding new services, and marketing efforts all were hit and misses.  But if you don’t try these you can’t get to year 6 and beyond.

Kathy and Jenn on Ovaleye TV (photo taken from theworkathomewoman.com)

Her expectations for the future regarding Ovaleye
My expectations for the future are good.  Ovaleye uses tons of tools in our tool box of technology.  We have the love of technology and what it can bring to our members.  We have so many things to offer that we haven’t even begun to bring to light.  It’s very exciting!

With her various roles as Mom, grandparent and Chief Decision Maker, here’s how she manages her time
There is not enough time in a day (I agree, Kathy!).  From day one I have never made rules on what time or days I work. I wake up early and start working if needed and work with my daughter and grandson at the Ovaleye headquarters.  In the evenings we have shows on live stream and weekends are filled with family and work.  It seems to balance out after 6 years.  I wouldn’t do this unless it was fun and exciting!

Being Grandma (photo taken from http://www.urbanblisslife.com)

Her top 3 lessons that she learned and which can help us

  1. Start a business you love that you will enjoy spending oodles and oodles of time on.
  2. Learn every day something new about building a business with books, videos and tips from business leaders.
  3. If you don’t try something every day you don’t succeed.

Watch Kathy on Ovaleye TV, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.  She also has a wonderful and inspiring blog.

Mom says she is a “lovely girl”.

Meeting Mr. Right

This guy has a formidable resume.  He’s my perfect blueprint for Mr. Right.

(photo taken from franciskong.com)

This did not deter me however from sending him a message that he may have received quite often in the course of his busy life; there is something about him beyond his credentials that defines who he actually is and where his heart lies.  And despite his stature, his humility stands out.

I caught Francis Kong on Facebook and was astounded that he actually replied and agreed to my request.  See, from his Wall, you pretty much have a sense of how he spends his day —he is extremely busy.  Yet he is cool, calm and collected.  Launching a new concept in consultancy and selling, he saw the need for an “army of consultants” rather than that of sales people.  He has authored books on entrepreneurship, life-changing habits, finance and more.

True to form, he is gracious enough to grant this simple interview.  Excerpts:

Should you combine your many passions or should you choose just one?
I always believe in Focus.  Narrow your target objective but deepen it in terms of excellence and skills.

Following your dreams at any age: how does one do it?
Dreams come true only when the dreamer wakes up and do some work.  Study.  Study.  Study.  Prepare.  Prepare and Prepare and do not allow distractions to come in between your goals.

How do you spend time to relax? Do you still have time for a break?
My relaxations come in spurts.  I have mini-breaks through out the day and even during work.

What top 3 life lessons did you learn that can help others like me?
Love God first and have an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He then grants you the ability to know and understand His Word (Bible) and equips you with the power to obey and steer your life towards the right path for success.  Love your neighbors.  Never allow greed or money to take priority but use your God-given talents to serve others.  Be honest, be truthful and maintain humility at all time without relaxing your efforts in leveling up all the time.  Every blessing is a test on our character while every test is a blessing in disguise.

Is there something you wish to achieve more?
Doing more training in the international scene.

Many years ago, I remember coming across this author while browsing in a bookstore (because the money I wish I could spend on great books was instead spent on meals) that changed my perspective in life:  He inspired me to dream big and to turn this dream into reality.  I am living the dream now, and the bonus is that I have been lucky enough to meet the inspiration behind it.  Thank you, Mr. Francis.