How Many Ways

Some succeed with a single-minded focus, undeterred toward a single objective.

Indeed, if you feel "scattered" some experts say, choose one path and stick to it. This has merit. There's undoubtedly evidence to support it. But there's sufficient evidence, particularly in this globalized world, of a need for a backup plan: the more, the better. (At the risk of sounding like "Morpheus" from the "Matrix") many paths can lead to the one.

Investing most of one's energy and hedging all bets on one pursuit makes one vulnerable to measures beyond their control; shipwrecked by the storm of Change.

It is now generally accepted wisdom that we will have more than one career in our lifetime, and very possibly divergent careers. ("Possibly" has become "probably" as of 2008). Investors tell us it's wise to have diverse financial portfolios.

And of course multi-tasking is ever present, alternately commended (in job performance reviews) and condemned (while driving, for example). Information for enhancing our lives from recipes to exercise tips to...you name it...is abundant. We're already utilizing diverse elements.

So the next question to me becomes priority: where to parcel the most effort and how wide does it need to be spread? Of the many things that can be done, what will yield the greatest return?

Things that save time in market research are part of the criteria.
For example, one part of my strategy involves eBay. There are good tools available in eBay but there are also tools that enhance information obtained from eBay, presenting it faster and more efficiently (i.e. you don't need to interpret the data for repetitive ordinary tasks, such as viewing what items are most watched for a certain category or selecting the best keywords to use in auctions). Hot Item Finder is excellent software for this purpose. See more at http://newcenturywork.com/Refs/HIF2.htm

Entwined in the question of choosing an opportunity is risk: how can the quality of information and/or one product (or more) benefit? Is there any quality? One source I'm using for guidance around my eBay strategy (the word strategy is intentional because it is part of a bigger plan, not the end solution) is Jim Cockrum, author of the best selling eBook "The Silent Sales Machine" and one of the most trusted internet marketers as voted on http://www.IMreportCard.com. (NB: Oct 2009 I became a member of IMReportCard.com) I feel My Silent Team membership is one of the best deals out there.

Begin connecting with solutions by people doing them.
I am an affiliate for My Silent Team, but I'm also a client.

And not least taken into consideration, how much benefit and value is delivered to others? I recently attended a "Learn to Start Your Business" seminar sponsored by Robert Kiyosaki, the entrepreneur and author of "Rich Dad/Poor Dad", and various other books. One of the messages was "Don't chase the money, chase the plan".

What has been helpful to me is project planning: clearly stating measurable goals with timelines. These are just a few of the areas that I'm constantly researching. They've arisen in internet marketing, real estate investing, and entrepreneurship in general.

I'll be posting my findings and my take on those findings, as well as all I've experienced to date in my new entrepreneurial life.  Sometimes it will be product reviews, sometimes opinions on strategies, sometimes looking at trends. It will be a process of discovery of diverse elements for creativity, problem-solving and flexibility for change.
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13 Comments

  1. My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

  2. Thank you for the compliments Piter. And there is no issue with your English…

    Re: is this blog a hobby…I guess some may think so, given the frequency I get to post here.
    I have not yet discovered the formula for doing everything at the pace I’d like in internet marketing:
    product creation/affiliate marketing/software and business learning curves/blog editing!/social networking/
    etc.,etc.,etc…

    …Not counting personal stuff…

    I am aware of the (apparently) common wisdom that one should update their blog at least 3 times per week
    and I aspire to that lofty achievement one day soon!

  3. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. Hi Johnqt,
    Re: have I tested it…or found info…?
    Well, in the context of this post I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Some things I write from personal
    experience, some is still theoretical to me…I have yet to experience it. If you could be more specific I
    could probably give a better answer.

  5. I think I have been looking for something interesting to read about various topics, but I try to include you every day I read, because you have, I look forward to an interesting blog entry.Here’s hoping there’s a lot more great material coming! Here is hope that more great material coming!

  6. Update: 3/31/11. While I admire the quality and support of the product, I'm not 100% in agreement with the "exit splash" pop-up box marketing technique. If you visit the HIF site be prepared to encounter it.

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