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We all have guilty secrets …

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Read and digest, but wait for the “secret” at the end (actually 2 secrets).

So, the cat is out of the bag? People who write influential blogs on their blogs, don’t ACTUALLY write them. They get someone else to do it.

This is hardly groundbreaking. We all have our own skills. I, for example, can rustle up a quick website in an hour or less. But it will be basic. If I want a better site with more functionality then I will hire someone to do it better than I ever could.

In the offline world, I will get a decorator in to fashion my kitchen and make it how I want it. I CAN paint and do little things. But a professional decorator does a more professional job – that’s why he is called a professional (and I pay him professional wages).

So what is wrong with getting someone else to write a blog post? Nothing but it CAN seem strange to outsiders. Remember, all those autobiographies that sell millions of copies are NOT written by the person themselves. They are written by a ghostwriter and INFORMED by the autobiographee.

That’s the ticket (a British term). If I have an idea, what is wrong with getting someone else to research and write it for me? Of course, I will look at it, edit it, put it in my own voice and add bits here and there to make it more “me”.

This is perfectly reasonable and a lot of people make lots of money with this approach. I also make a good deal of money but I have that little “secret” I mentioned at the beginning.

Wanna know what it is?

Secret: I write ALL my own blog posts and always have.

There, I have said it.

Secret #2: I am LOOKING in to having someone else write my blog posts!

Enough for now (and, yes, I DID write this post)

Have a great time

What will you change in 2009?

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It’s 2009 – and what’s new? Take a piece of paper and write down all the important things you have done in 2008. Will they still be the same in 2009? If so – you are stagnant. If you are not challenging yourself then you are going backwards.

Some of my friends have boundless energy. One guy skydives, windsurfs, skis and then spends time clubbing, at parties and racing hot cars. Whilst none of that is for me, it nevertherless is nothing less than inspiring to watch his energy, enthusiasm and commitment to life.

If only I could harness some of that energy and funnel it through my OWN activities. If only YOu could too ….

One way is to focus. Yes, you’ve heard it all before but familiarity doesn’t remove the need. The truth is that it’s harder to focus on one thing than it is to ignore the need. As a small experiment, yesterday I focused on one thing and one thing only. I did some research, set up a squeeze page, set up a giveaway gift in return for an email address and promoted the whole thing via Twitter. I ended up with 40 subscribers. And it all took me 1 hour and 15 minutes. I expect those 40 subscribers to earn me a good deal in the future (through leveraging).

So, start focusing by clearing the distractions:

1. Don’t keep writing about how to do things – DO them instead

2. Start loving yourself and realise you can do anything that is believably possible

3. Don’t sit and wait – get up and do

4. Don’t think YOU are hard done by. I don’t know you but I know that you’re not

5. Stop thinking you know best. You don’t – others know better – ask them

6. Quit thinking that other people cannot do what you think only you can do. Free yourself.

7. Don’t live with what you have got – make something new

8. Stop whining, wingeing and being a sourpuss. You don’t deserve anything unless you go out and look for it. Start now.

9. Others won’t fix bad things for you unless you (a) recognise they are bad and (b) ask them to fix them

10. Congratulate yourself on failures. We all have them and always will. They are exceptionally powerful learning opportunities.

11. You will never be perfect but by trying to be perfect will hold you back – always

2009 is your opportunity to change what you couldn’t deliver in 2008. The clock is ticking …. HAPPY NEW (YOU) YEAR!

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