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10 Commandments of Goal Setting for 2008

Well, it's early on New Year's eve here in Hawaii. Before I get off the computer to hang out with my family, I've been tidying up my Dream board, and getting my goals together for the coming year.

In the process, I came across a file, 10 Commandments of Goal Setting, on my hard drive. It's been posted a few places on the Internet before. But until I got it from Success University earlier this summer, I'd never seen it. So, I figured there's a reasonably good chance you might not have either.

I hope you find this useful in helping to make 2008 your best year ever.
1. THOU SHALL BE DECISIVE: Success is a choice. You must decide WHAT you want, WHY you want it, and HOW you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or SHOULD do that for you. It's your goal and your responsibility.

2. THOU SHALL STAY FOCUSED: A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes. …

Success and Motivation Lessons from a Billionaire

I know Sunday is my normal Link Love day, but I just couldn't pass up sharing this; in case any of you don't already read Mark Cuban's Blog.

A couple of day's ago Mr Cuban re-posted a few blog articles from back in 2004 which detail how he got started, and some of the lessons he learned along the way. Here are a few of my favorite parts ...
"I remember being 24 years old, living in Dallas in a 3-bedroom apartment with 5 other friends. This wasn't a really nice place we all kicked in to move up for. This place has since been torn down. Probably condemned. I didn't have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home."
Definitely a "rags to riches" story.
"It's always the little decisions that have the biggest impact. We all have to make that 'make or break' call to follow orders or do what you know is right. I followed my first instinct: close the sale."
"I would continuously search for n…

More Internet Marketing Lessons

Yesterday's link post was about Pulling Back the Curtain on Internet Marketing. In case anybody missed the subtext on the sites I linked to, I wanted to share the main lesson I've taken away from reading these sites ...

If you're blogging about Blogging, Making Money Online, Internet Marketing, SEO, etc.. (unless you have some sort of unique expertise) ...
You're Probably NOT Going to have an Easy Time Making Money
Don't get me wrong, just like many people, when I started blogging the first thing I did was slap up a few ads, and start anxiously watching my bank account, waiting for the inevitable money to come rolling in.

Fortunately, by the time I switched over to wordpress earlier this summer, I'd figured out that this blog was never destined to be a big money maker. I'm treating it more as a "better" version of what I used to use my facebook and/or myspace profiles for ...
As a good way to Network, and Connect with Interesting People.
I do have (a…

I Won the Wii Domain Name Contest

Last week I wrote about how we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas, and that David Peralty at Extra For Every Publisher was running a contest where he was giving away a couple of Wii related domain names.

Well, today I got an email letting me know that I won one of Wii domain names! Thanks David.

I'm now the proud owner of (or at least I will be once the transfer goes through)

Now the real fun begins ...

Any suggestions on the best way to develop a (profitable) site around this domain?

lol, maybe I should run a contest of my own.

Keep havin FuN!

This is Why I'm Hot ... Air Force Style

Ok, so really I just want to test out embedding videos on my blog. Humor seems an appropriate way to do it.

I saw this clip for the first time while I was still over in Iraq ... cracked me up. It's entirely possible that I might find it funnier than someone who's not in the military and/or who hasn't been to the middle east. But, I hope you enjoy it anyway. (and if you know any guys/girls who are over there, give 'em a shout ... I assure you they'll appreciate hearing from you)


Keep havin FuN!

How NOT to Network

Just a quick post with a lesson on (what I consider to be) a Very Ineffective way to try to get referrals.

I got this message from a MyBlogLog user in my email earlier today ...
Hello Todd,

I met you on John Cow Site and We both like Social Network stuff I think, so I gonna tell you this
(link to his yuwie profile)
Enjoy it as I do and You surely will!
It just right for the concept of you~
Merry X'Mas
I don't know this person.

We didn't really "meet" on John Cow. I was over there reading about how they got banned from Facebook, and my new "friend" saw my picture in the MyBlogLog widget.

He is right, apparently we do both like social networking. But, if he'd actually taken the time to read my blog, he might have also seen that I'm already experiencing a little social networking overload.

Even if we did know each other, I'm not really a great candidate to join another social network right now (although, truth be told I'm actually already a member …

A Nintendo Wii for Christmas

My step-son Johnathan doesn't know it yet, but we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. My wife just happened to be in GameStop one day, and they had two units behind the counter. Needless to say, she whipped out the debit card with a quickness.

So, why am I making this post, and taking the (very slight) risk that Johnathan might find out 10 days early?

Because David Peralty, at eXtra For Every Publisher is running a Contest to win a Wii related domain name that he estimates is worth a substantial sum of money.

I'd like to win.

I figure that with the Wii already sitting under the tree, I (or at the very least my kids) should have some insights to contribute to a site that may be developed using one of the two domains. (if I was to win).

And in addition, at the very least, this contest gave me something interesting to write about on a Saturday afternoon before I head off to my daughter Jordan's cheerleading event.


Hope you all are having a great weekend as well ... ke…

41 Poignant Leadership Quotes

I really like quotes. This past week, I've been reading about leadership. Here are a few that caught my eye. I hope you like them too ...

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." - Lao Tzu

"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves" - unknown

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" - JFK

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." - JFK

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." - Harvey S. Firestone

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but i…

The Airmans Creed

I wear two hats. (many of you already know this). In addition to being a budding entreprenuer, I've also served in the U.S Air force for the past 18 years.

Back in April, our Chief of Staff announced our new Creed, as a way to "provide Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that they can hold most dear."
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.
I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.
Every Airman, from the 4-star General, to the brand new slick sleeved basic trainee, is expected to learn and internalize this precept. It helps us to understand Why we do what we do.

After spending lite…

Why encouraging comments matters to new bloggers

Hey, finally a subject that I can write about with a bit of authority ... since I myself am a relatively new blogger.

photo credit: Sarchi

I'll admit, I didn't come up with this topic all on my own. Earlier today, I was reading an article where Skellie said "If you don’t have an authority-level subscriber count, your comments will need to tell the story you want them to."

This makes perfect sense to me. And subconsciously, it's actually something I was already doing ... over the past couple of weeks I've installed several plugins, with the explicit intent of encouraging more reader participation. I really do want to know what you think.

Here's why ...

Since my chosen topic is relatively broad, when it comes to many specific subjects,
You Guys (and Girls) are Smarter than I am!

... I'd be pretty silly not to try to leverage that.

Not only that, but I find it much easier to write when it feels like
the start of a Conversation, rather than the beginning of a…

Linking to some new friends from MyBlogLog


For this week's links, I thought it might be interesting to highlight a few posts from some of my contacts on MyBlogLog.

Gary Pool has 5 posts so far in a series called top 10 seo tips and tricks
Aaron Cook spreads a little hump day humor; Monty Python meets Star Wars
Lin from Telling it Like it is made a post of links to the best tips for creating content others will want to read
Andy Bailey from FiddyP wrote a detailed review of his new skype phone ... although I suspect this probably works better in Europe where they have good wi-fi networks.
Fred Peters from Newest on the Net shares the top 10 most popular facebook applications (if/when I decide to actually start using my facebook profile this link will come in handy)
And finally Making Sales, Making Money is searching for significance online

Happy ready, hope you find these articles useful and interesting.

Till next week...