Ten Traits To Acquire On The Journey To Success

Ten Traits To Acquire On The Journey To Success

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I came across this article on Facebook – Salesforce Marketing Cloud

After reading it, and thought it worthy of sharing here as the traits are not just for small business success.

I would say that the high profile and very successful billionaire entrepreneurs we all read, see and hear about started out with a small business – and maybe just by themselves.

In various interviews, a lot of them have listed some, if not all, of these very same traits and not just for past success. They often attribute their current, on-going and future business successes to them.

A lesson to everyone then.

When achieving great success in business, we must never forget where we came from and what it was that made us so successful in the first place.

To carry on reading the original article, click on this link to their website – 

10 Traits That Will Help You Succeed in Small Business (And Maybe Life)

I hope that you found inspiration from that story.

Anything I find on the Internet that inspires or motivates me, I will share here on my blog.




There Is No Secret to Internet Marketing – Now That Is A Strong Tip

There Is No Secret to Internet Marketing – Now That Is A Strong Tip

97% Fail To Earn Anything Online – There MUST Be A Secret to Internet Marketing!

Well, what do you think?

Internet Marketing Secret

Hidden Secret of IM Success?

The headlines of this post appear to contradict each other, or do they?


Today I want to discuss the truly great and most obvious Secret to Internet  Marketing. A secret that has the potential to explode the business and  popularity of those that know and practice it. A secret that can create an  unlimited amount of money online and propel exponents of this secret onto the  world stage to become an instant global celebrity in that elite group of the  most respected, followed and sort-after Internet Marketers.


Does that opening paragraph sound like a load of unsubstantiated BS hype to you? I know that I have certainly seen too much of this nauseating clap-trap on the Internet and I have forgotten just how many email lists I have unsubscribed  from because I’ve gotten so fed-up with this sort of thing.


Too many marketers out there become so obsessed about the money making aspect and treat their  subscribers like biological ATM’s. Any trust or authority they might have built up will quickly wither away and the long term viability of their Internet Business will become irrepairably damaged.


It’s a strange phenominon that seems to affect people online far more than those with a traditional bricks-and-mortar business. Maybe it has something to do with a perceived sense of anonimity afforded them by the Internet – who really knows?   It seems they start to totally disregard the fact that behind  every one of their subscribers email addresses is a real live person. And anyone who has run any kind of business knows: “If you aint got no customers, you aint got no business”


However, before I go off-track too much, I do actually have a great tip which is cool and most importantly, true.


Ah, So This is The Real Secret to Internet Marketing Then!

The obvious fact is that Internet Marketing is actually a real business. As long as it is treated like a business, with customers given the respect they deserve.
customer respect internet marketing


A very good chance of success should then follow.


Did you see the tip, or was it so obvious that you missed it?


OK, here’s the tip again – and this time I’ve made all the relevant words uppercase, underlined & orange: INTERNET MARKETING IS actually A REAL BUSINESS


Now, just as with any business, success requires the wilfull participation of customers – and as we all know, customers are actually Real People that buy stuff. Notice the subtle emphasis on the two words ‘Real’ and ‘People’?


I’ll repeat what I said earlier: “If you aint got no customers, you aint got no business”


In the virtual world of the Internet, it can be easily forgotten that there are Real People  interacting with a computer, tablet or smartphone. Funny videos of kids, cats, dogs or people doing stupid things don’t just magically materialize in cyber-space.

funny cat video


They are uploaded to sites like Facebook or YouTube by people that could very well be potential customers of your Internet Business.


So, what is that supposed to mean? How can some lady from Milwaukee with an uploaded funny cat video be a potential customer?


Well, she could be interested in learning how to make some extra income online and we also know that she really likes cats, especially funny videos of them.


But, you’ll never know what people really want unless you reach out to them first.


customer incentives

Offer More To Keep Or Get New Customers

Owners and managers of traditional bricks-and-mortar business’s know that to gain customers, they have to give something first. That something could be free advice; a free trial of a service; a free product to new customers who sign-up or buy a specific product.


The list of incentives is endless, but the goal is the same. Which is, t o position themselves or their company directly in front of people by giving them value before, or even if, they become a customer. It also allows the company to begin instilling trust by demonstrating to the potential customer their depth of knowledge, experience and willingness to assist them now and in the future.


In the traditional bricks-and-mortar  – or offline –  world, as it has come to be known. Just how long  do you think the business will survive, if someone set themselves up in a business area (or niche) they actually knew nothing at all about?


Common sense should be enough to tell them that they should, at the very least, know something about that specific area of business, or make it their number one priority before making that important first  step.


If you’re anything like me, I would make sure that I at least  knew a little about the type of business I was planning to open.


Just to throw  open the doors and hope for the best isn’t the kind of business plan that leads  to success. It’s certainly a good way for someone to waste any money they may have, unless they  have a lot more money than sense, of course! As no bank would lend them a dime  with a business plan that consists of “open the doors; coax people inside; ignore their requirements and just sell them the product with the highest commission”.


So imagine that scenario.

man with no business plan

His Only Business Plan Is To Get Money!

A new business just opened, with a sign outside saying “Grand Opening Come On In Be Amazed!!”  A guy standing in the doorway, enticing people to enter, with nothing more than a  pretty window display promising them that he has the  solution to whatever they need.  He may be able to lure in the odd one or two  curious passers-by who would, no doubt, be amazed  – as the sign says – when he tries to take a deep-dive into the funds of their credit cards!


Personally, I would hope that they just didn’t enter in the first place, or at the very least, make a hurried exit back out the door. I t should be abundantly obvious when he tried to steer them into buying the most expensive or inappropriate item. This guy actually knows or cares very little to nothing about people or their requirements. It’s a sad fact that there are marketers out there who operate just like him.


Beware of internet scammers

Beware – He Only Wants Your Money

Internet Marketing has more than its fair share of so-called ‘gurus’ who really regard their customers as ‘suckers-with-credit-cards’. An endless source of easy funding for them, as they know there are plenty of eager newbies dreaming of that push-button Internet Lifestyle.

Marketers like this give Internet Marketing and online business in general a very bad name. They are just after money and are not interested in giving away any value, they don’t care and do not have any respect for anyone.


The guy with the bricks-and-mortar business above would eventually be shut-down when it becomes well known that he’s just ripping people off. But having a real business premises means that he’s a lot more easier to find.


Affiliate Marketing may be touted as a  quick and easy way to make money – and I’m certainly not knocking it – in fact,  I cover it in my free eBook ‘Internet Marketing Entrepreneur Kick-Start’ or just ‘IMEKS’ for short. It’s free and there’s a lot of valuable content in it that I  have personally learned along the way.

There’s no doubt that Affiliate Marketing can be very lucrative. However, just  like most things, it can be abused and over-used to such an extent that it can  have a negative affect on marketers who make constant and aggressive use of this marketing model.


Every business, whether on or offline, must have something that either solves a problem or addresses a specific need. Indeed, all successful companies owe their success to some type of product or service that addresses a need or solves a problem. Other than my free IMEKS eBook that I created, I am actually an affiliate for most of the products I offer.


Get my Free eBook ‘Internet Marketing Entrepreneur Kick-Start’ or IMEKS. Just enter your email below.

Though in time, I will have products & services of my own.


Consider the launch of a new product.


What I regard as abuse or over-use of Affiliate Marketing, is the sheer number  of affiliates who jump on the bandwagon of each and every product launch. Every  one of them competing directly against each other and all of them  taking space in your inbox.

When you realize that the emails from different marketers are all exactly the same, it means that those  marketers have put in zero effort themselves, because they are using the vendor supplied emails  (or swipe files) as-is. Also, they don’t bother with offering any bonuses of their own. I guess the tactic may work with some people who are extremely new to IM, who just buy from the first email they read, but as far as I’m concerned, these are the types of marketers to be wary of.


They may as well just send  emails that say “I’m only interested in the commission, I don’t care about the product or giving you any extra value of my own!”


It’s also obvious to me that the hype surrounding the  latest-and-greatest-shiny-object is the same as the hype that surrounded the  last one. And the number of times I have read and heard the phrase: ‘…ABC…  is the last and only product you will ever need to buy for…XYZ’.


Just who are they kidding?


bright shiny objects

Resist The Lure of Bright Shiny Objects

Alas, it would seem that serial consumers of bright-shiny-objects (BSO’s) are  also afflicted by a sudden loss of common sense when it comes to the Internet  and the promise of untold riches there for the taking.

They’re always ready,  with credit card in hand, eager to click the Buy button and take advantage of  that ‘special early-bird price’ before the deadline. Some may promise you the earth and show ‘proof’ of how they’ve made $$$$$’s thanks to this “truly amazing product – a game changer!”

Yep, heard it all before and ‘game changer’ appears to still  be a popular and over-used phrase now that we’re in 2016!


Don’t get me wrong though, I think most people do go through the BSO phase. I  certainly did and openly admit to having hard disk folders stuffed with BSO’s, a  lot of which have never even been looked at again after all the hype had finally  died down.


Do you also receive emails with subjects like “GO, GO, GO..”; “GO NOW!”;  “GET…XYZ…BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP!”….


I’ve had emails like these and a lot  of them have been directly from the vendor of XYZ themselves. At this point, you  may ask: “so what’s wrong with promoting your own product then?” And the  straight answer is “nothing at all”. It’s the way they have chosen to market  products of their own to their subscribers that really should start to ring alarm bells. Also consider that their continued survival in Internet Marketing is heavily dependent on a continuous stream of product launches.

So, be very wary if any of them release a product and state something like: “This really is the last and only IM product you will ever need to buy!”  because the implication is that they will never, ever, need to produce another product – and that would go directly against their business model and would mean the end of their business!!


Mixed Messages of the ‘Guru Mentors’

Marketers that present themselves as mentors, who warn against all the hype and  the money-pit that BSO’s can become. Yet, they also use these very same tactics themselves to  encourage people to buy their own products, which, I am sure they will put forward convincing arguements of how ‘essential’ their product is  – and certainly nothing like a BSO!

im guru training whiteboard

Guro Mentor Marketers Mixed Messages To Loyal Followers

Take a good look through your email inbox and see how many there are from marketers who are said to be gurus or even mentors. Maybe you are already a member of one or more of their private Facebook groups. I’m sure you must have come across them. Groups where people are banned for self promotion, but the ‘Guru-Mentor-Marketer’ takes full advantage of their loyal followers to use the group as their own private sales machine.


I don’t intend to dig any further into this and will instead leave you to  examine your own inbox and form your own opinions on this matter.


Some products  launched, though, can be genuinely useful as long as you don’t get swayed by all the hype. Focus instead  on direct benefits to your business; whether the product will fit into your  business plan; is it a useful tool or just a nice-to-have toy? I’ll freely admit  that some products can advance your business, when used correctly.


When I’ve seen something that appears to be a good fit and really useful for my own business, I always check  out Brett Retucky’s site first. He conducts and publishes in-depth tests on the latest IM product launches and is not afraid to give his straight and unbiased opinion.


At this point, I’ll remind you again that the greatest secret of an online business is the fact that it is a business, as long as you are serious enough to  treat it like one. And always give your subscribers and customers the respect they deserve – and never forget that they are real people.


Now, concentrate on all the basics you need to get started. Download my free IMEKS eBook and use the information contained in it to start on your own journey. You will expand on your knowledge as you go and eventually start to make some money . Seriously consider signing with a genuine  and successful mentor whose business is not dependent on their own continuous flow of  product launches.


One such mentor, whose business does not depend on constant product launches – and also happens to be my mentor – is a well respected and successful marketer  by the name of Dean Holland. His Business Commission Blueprint was the thing that finally enabled me to make my first ever income online.


Whatever you decide to do is obviously your choice, but remember to never stop learning. Keep up to date with new methods and techniques which are always being  developed and can potentially grow your business even more.


Momentum is key!


Take action and don’t hold off doing something until you know it all, because the fact is, you never will know it all.


Just get started once you have the basics in place and in time, your knowledge  will also grow.


Until Next Time…

mike flanagan, make money online

The Great Affiliate Marketing Scandal

The Great Affiliate Marketing Scandal

Secret Revealed on Monday November 16 2015

dirty affiliate marketing secret, affiliate marketing,Monday will be here before we know it!

Have you got your name on the EarlyBird List yet?

There’s nothing worse than being the last person to know, hours & hours after everyone else has already started to plan – and maybe, even started to execute their next move.

Being one of the first to know about breaking news in this industry is a definite advantage. In fact, I’d say that not knowing is paramount to a scandal as well!

Go to this address and get yourself on the list before it’s too late!

And take a look at this teaser video I just uploaded:

Can you really change your life by changing the way you think?

Can you really change your life by changing the way you think?

A Millionaires Mindset? Does such a thing exist?

Can you really change your life by changing the way you think?

10 Habits of MillionairesI’ve researched this type of thing on the web, subjects such as the Law of Attraction. I even bought ebooks and physical books like The Secret & The Power by Rhonda Byrne. Some would classify subjects like these as fantasy and just wishful thinking, an easy way to get something without actually doing anything to make it happen.

Well, people who think this way are half right. Nothing happens if you don’t actively do something to make whatever thoughts you may have into reality.

As an example, there aren’t many people I know that are really enthusiastic about cutting the grass. Sure, a nicely cut lawn is attractive, but the way to achieve it requires more than just thinking.

Taking the time for thought, meditation, planning or other processes of preparation is certainly important and should be a positive experience –  with the acceptance that Action is required as it is the next and indeed most crucial stage.

Develop aPositive Mindset, even if there any resentments or regrets over past failures or bad financial decisions. Overcome those thoughts and blow away the negativity. Many successful businesspeople of today got to where they are by accepting failure as a positive learning experience and using it to continue to drive themselves – and their businesses – forward.

But, I know for myself that it’s not only the past that can contribute to a negative mindset. Worrying about what may, or may not happen is just as effective in helping to nurture a situation that can lead to a self-sabotaging state of mind, as you allow your thoughts to become somewhat of a self-destructive force.

My studies and practices in Mindfulness Meditation has taught me to accept and observe experiences, whether good or bad. Becoming firmly rooted in the present moment is at the heart of Mindfulness and can lead to the type of mindset required for success.

Self-made millionaires/billionaires have all found their own individual route, and I believe there are many paths a person can choose to help resonate positive thoughts. Of course, the opposite is also true and a conscious effort for action is needed to steer those thoughts back on to a positive path.

So, be present and be creative. Set the negativity aside and develop a Positive Mindset, with a strategic long term systematic foundation. Don’t dwell on the things you don’t have and give thanks for the things you do have. Start the process off with the things that we all seem to take for granted.

Things like:

  • clean running water
  • a dry warm bed to sleep in at night
  • somewhere to live
  • an education

Be thankful and consider the things you already have. List your skills and talents, as they really are your most positive attributes. Think about how you can use them in a creative way to further develop yourself and your business.

Time to Reboot your Brain!

There are lots of things running around in your head, clogging up your mind. Leaving you with no room to focus – and without focus a business cannot be successful or indeed make any money.

Three powerful exercises, Three pieces of paper:

1. Write down everything you can think of that you need to do
2. Write down everything you don’t currently have but would like to have
3. Write down everything you are afraid of or worry about

Do this at least once a month. Getting it all out of your head and putting it down in writing will make you feel more relaxed as the weight of all this stuff has been unloaded. It feels like rebooting the brain, as most of the stuff clogging up your mind has been wiped away and you now have plenty more room to concentrate on your business.

This is a link to a larger version of the Infographic above. Take a look at it, print it out and pin it on a wall where it can always be seen and you can always be be reminded of the 10 habits that are listed there.

There is a list of books & CD’s below that have already helped me and continue to do so. I am developing more control in changing the way I think and to assist me in the creation of a consistent and Positive Mindset.

Each one is linked to amazon.com so that you can look at the desciptions of each of them in more depth – and maybe buy one, or two. I will get a small commission if you use my links, but it’s up to you.

 Click anywhere here for a larger version of the Infographic “10 Habits of Self Made Millionaires”.




I Didn’t Get To Dean Holland’s Automated Income Seminar!

I Didn’t Get To Dean Holland’s Automated Income Seminar!

Hmmph… I Didn’t Get There!

Saturday morning on the 28th June 2014.

mf-desertToday is the start of Dean Holland’s Automated Income Seminar in Manchester, England.

As I only live six miles away, it’s easy for me to get to and I know where to park without it costing an arm and a leg, or at least the equivalent cost of a new player for one of the well known Manchester football (soccer) teams.

I bought my tickets well in advance and was looking forward to going there and meeting people in real life that I have only communicated with virtually. After all. events like this are ideal for networking and forming business relationships.

Alas, for me it wasn’t to be and I’m very disappointed that I didn’t get to the Seminar today.

But it wasn’t for a lack of trying. You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I broke ribs on my right side as I tripped up while taking my dog (Flora) for a walk. Flora slipped her lead and ran down the street, I chased after her, tripped up and landed heavily on my right side.

I can now categorically state that free-form body-surfing on the road – or any hard surface for that matter – is not a sport that I will be indulging in on a regular basis. In fact, for anyone thinking of taking this up as a sport, I totally do not recommend.

Since it happened I have been taking things easy, as per the doctor’s recommendation. Lying down flat is painful, so I purchased and have been sleeping on a lay-z-boy type electric reclining chair, where I can control the angle. It’s also great for getting up, as the chair can rise forward to a near standing position.

All this is good, but swollen ankles and feet is one of the downsides of not sleeping flat. Also, I injured the top of my right foot and sprained my right hand during the pavement nose-dive.   So, taking it easy has meant not driving or going anywhere and this is where my plans have unraveled. Twisting and bending to get into the car is extremely painful, as is reaching over my shoulder for the seat-belt. But, problems arose even before I got anywhere near the car.

Slippers or big airy sandals are the only footwear I have been wearing for the last couple of weeks and it is only when I tried – with my wife’s help – to put on a pair of regular shoes, did I realize just how much my feet have swelled up.

My only options of footwear, therefore, were slippers or big airy sandals. It was a close call, but for walking around town, the sandals somehow had that slight edge.   Anyhow, I was not going to be put-off by the pain and suffering I would have to endure. Not to mention the big airy sandals…*

* I told you NOT to mention the big airy sandals!

Well, I did drive in to Manchester and I did park where I wouldn’t get charged an amount equal to the gross-domestic-product of a small country.

But, after getting out of the car, I called to mind that someone once said something like “…mind is willing, flesh is weak…” and it is only when I managed to hobble about 200 yards away from the car, with my right foot, ribs and right hand aching that I realized the folly of my endeavour.

The only sensible course of action was to head home.

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t manage to get there.