Topic: New MMIP Course Part 1A – "Mechanics" Webinar
Description: On this breakthrough webinar I teach you the down and dirty of how to record your own Multi-Media Info-Products (MMIPs) FAST. This is your basic training or "BOOT CAMP" on the mechanics of what MMIPs are and how to get them recorded quickly.
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I just watched the replay last night and even though I’ve been using Camtasia for a while now, you really helped clarify some points I’ve been wondering about! I can’t wait for the rest of the course.
PS Am i right in thinking that the Wacom bamboo is what you draw with, whilst the notateit is what, in effect, you draw on?
Jim very informative so far,
Just so I have this right – the camtasia is to record the powerpoint slides & audio during the delivery of the webinar / presentation?
Correct… whatever you’re showing on the screen, however you’re showing it, you recored that and the audio from your microphone using Camtasia.
Nobody cuts to the chase or takes things step-by-step like you Jim! You have been my absolute favorite “guru” since way back when…but I do have one little sticking point.
I realize that you have worked hard to get where you are, and it’s no big deal now for you to spend $500 for a mic, $300 for this software, $100 for that gadget or $800 for a seminar…but, I can’t help but feel that you may have kind of lost touch with us “little guys” when you get to talking about “buy this, buy that”. Please remember that there still a lot of us out here that are still living that beat up trailer, clunker car existance wondering how we’re going to scrape together enough money for a tank of gas…let alone spend $100 a month for a TNR subscription and all the equipment and software you say we “need” to succeed. I realize all too well that it takes money to make money, but if you don’t have it…you just don’t have it.
I’m tickled to death to have watched you climb the ladder of success, but once in awhile…just once in awhile please look back over your shoulder and remember what it was like to struggle to make ends meet, and remember that many of us are still there.
That’s all…keep up the good work!!
RE “I can’t help but feel that you may have kind of lost touch with us “little guys” when you get to talking about “buy this, buy that”. ”
NOTHING is further from the truth.
You know, I’m caught between a rock and hard place here.
People want to know exactly what I use – so I tell them.
I try to tell people a cheaper way, and they say I’m holding back. I told you you could do this with a $50 mic and a 30-day evaluation of Camtasia (that’s how I did it) — *** I think you missed that part *** where I said you could use a $99 – 50 mic.
Bust your ass with a purpose for a week with a cheap but good mic and a 30-day trial of Camtasia and you could make enough content for 2 products and a year’s worth of video blog content.
I remember going without money for food for two weeks in 1999 because I wanted a Super VHS machine to make my first MMIP (for Realtors)… luckily, my wife was willing to make the sacrifice with me and we bought the $300 machine, a $125 computer-to-tv scan converter, and a $99 mixing board from Radio shack so I could make the product and sell it to realtors (door to door).
I’m telling you the REAL STORY – not some bullshit like other gurus who just want to take your money.
The question you need to ask yourself is: Do you want the truth, or do you want candy-coated horse manure that makes you feel good but lets you off the hook or says it’s okay?
If you need something to do something, then that’s what you need. FIND A WAY or MAKE A WAY to get what you need to do the job properly.
It bugs the hell out of me to tell people you HAVE to do it this way, but on the other hand this is the way that WORKS – not some half-assed BS like the crap people sell everyday online to people who want to believe you can make a million in a week without any investment of time, energy, effort, or money.
Part of my commitment is that I’m not going to mitigate anything. I try to find the FASTEST, EASIEST, most AUTHENTIC way to get something done from my OWN experiences!
Nothing would make me happier than to say “Here’s how you can do this for free”, but in this case (and in many others) I can’t do that without lying to you.
So, thanks for the congrats on my “success” – but please don’t ever think that over the struggles of the last 11+ years I’ve lost touch with the “little guy” (btw – bad metaphor to use in ever referring to yourself). If anything, I’m hyper-sensitive to the impact everything I say, do and teach has on people who pay attention to me.
That trust is sacred and with God’s help, I pray that I never knowingly violate that trust.
I know the feeling when you are first starting out and everything seems out of your reach. I still get that feeling from time to time.
I would however, disagree that Jim has lost touch with the “little guys”. From my experience purchasing a lot of products from other people, he is the most in touch with those just starting out.
He tells you the good and the bad and offers alternatives to do it cheaper or even free when it is available. Very few others do that.
I have learned from experience, he is the ONLY person online that I trust completely to tell me the truth. There is no hidden agenda, I don’t have to look for what the ‘hook’ is and I don’t have to second guess what I am not being told.
I can’t always afford what he recommends, but that’s part of business. I will use the alternative he usually recommends knowing that when I’m ready to move up, I don’t have to spend time researching the products because Jim’s already done that for me.
Keep working toward your goals every day and you will reach them.
To Jimm and Jim, like both of you I too have been on both sides of the fence wondering how and where I’m going to get what I need to do a job and later wanting to know the best software and tools I could find to keep growing and expanding.
I think one of the main problems for all of us is what Jim said about the absurd lies on the internet that lead people to think they can make millions with little or no effort. Maybe you can by passing on these lies or promoting illegal or immoral material but not in an honest way.
If you are small, start small and build, don’t try to compete with the big boys in a big space, just start. I started with an off-line list of 600 people that I had built by mailing a newsletter once a month. I transitioned that into an online presence and quickly reinvested my profits into equipment, coaching and tools as it started to make money.
Before I had anything I also invested my time and friendship into people. Jim and I used to meet in Williamsburg and have coffee once a month and talk about ideas and dreams, the cost–the price of a cup of coffee. The point is when you are stuck on thinking about money you don’t have, that’s all you see. Focus on ideas, possibilities and ways to help people and the by-product will be income.
Well, that’s my two-cents.
First, congrats on taking the initiative to set up your site
diabetesauthor.com. That is more than lots of other folks have done.
I too find the expense of software and hardware a challenging. I have a limited income.
If, all you can do is save one buck a month do it. If, you can save more do that too.
Most, of all you are getting some really good information and know how from Jim and staff. Do, it as you can afford to do it. Dont give up.
It is a struggle at the begining sir. No doubt about it.
Anyway, go for it. Your have the drive make it count.
There is absolute gold in Jim’s advice:
“Bust your ass WITH A PURPOSE for a week with a cheap but good mic and a 30-day trial of Camtasia and you could make enough content for 2 products and a year’s worth of video blog content.”
And you might want to give some thought, too, to making the crucial MINDSHIFT you’ll need to succeed. (Without it, no amount of gadgets or products will help you.)
The words for this mindshift will be uniquely yours, but might be something like: “I’m not ‘the little guy’. I’m a man many steps down the road to certain success. All I need to do is keep moving forward.”
All the best to both of you, Jimm and Jim…
Jim, thanks so much for telling us exactly what you do!
I wondered how you did the whiteboard presentations and the notations! Exactly what I need to make a product I have been wanting to do.
And I think I can handwrite my sales letter, very short, and notate and highlight it.
Neither product is expensive. My $29. mic that I bought when I first started will be adequate, though not perfect. The whiteboard and tablet are more important.
Hi Jim and Jimm!
Thanks for such a passionate response to Jimm’s comment, Jim! Your experience of what it took and the sacrifices you made in making your first MMIP clearly shows WHY you’ve come so far! It was your absolute determination to get it done, no matter what that took, including not buying FOOD for two weeks!! WOW! Thanks so much for sharing that! You are a never-ending source of inspiration and encouragement, proving by example that we can all have what we set out to accomplish with clear intention. Thanks for blazing the trail and showing us the way!
Jimm, as far as being on the launching pad to getting where you want to go with your online business – with little or no money – in my own experience so far, it’s not about the money you spend to get there. There are plenty of people buying all the stuff, going to all the seminars, paying thousands and thousands of dollars, but they are no further along in their business than when they started! It’s not about how much money you spend.
What it really takes is getting into action and DOING it! And I learned this from Jim: “Do EVERYTHING you can RIGHT NOW with what you’ve got.” That means getting into action with all the resources that ARE available to you (like the opportunity to use Camtasia for 30 days free and a low-priced microphone – which you might already have. Heck, if you don’t already have one, don’t you have a friend you could borrow a computer microphone from?). The idea is to think about all the resources you DO have that will enable you to get going now. Do not focus on what you don’t have. What you focus on expands!! So focus on what you do have and you will get more of what you want!!
In my own case, when I made my first few videos, I simply used the Plantronics computer headset that had a mic that I already had. I had bought it for something like $30 a few years earlier. Was the sound quality super fantastic? Nope. Was it good enough? Yep. Your subscribers/customers care most about your content. (Here’s a secret: several more expensive microphones later, I will still reach for this “cheapo” mic for a quick video every now and then because it’s easy and convenient….and “good enough”)
I’m not promoting the making of crappy quality MMIPs, but I am saying that in order for you to really get going, making your first few products and getting them out there generating income (directly or indirectly) will get you going much faster than waiting until you have enough money to buy everything.
Just make your intention clear that you are serious about putting what you’re learning from this course to use by getting into action, no matter what you can afford. Again, just do the best you can with all the resources that ARE available to you (and that doesn’t just mean money), and you will start moving down the road to your goals faster than you will believe. Opportunities will grow and expand and you’ll have more and more resources available. But you’ve got to get things started by DOING something FIRST!!
So bottom line, none of us, no matter how much or little money we have, has an excuse for not using the information that Jim is teaching us. If we are part of TNR (which if you’re reading this, you are), we need only to get into action NOW to get results.
So get on that launching pad and start revving your engine!! It’s such a cool journey to be soaring in the clouds! I’m so thankful for Jim and TNR, because it has made all the differnce for me to take to flight! Won’t you join me?
I found myself in a discussion at my local Starbucks last weekend with a woman who is making transitions in her work life from being a corporate lawyer to entrepreneur.
I told her about you and all that I had learned since my first purchase (7dayebook) more than a year and half ago. I encouraged her to check out the Net reporter and told her that I plan to keep that membership going as you over deliver such high quality content.
I like that you always keep it real. You simplify things and in every webinar always give us a range of ways to accomplish any project.
I find this helpful and inspiring. I trust your opinion as a no-nonsense guy who has worked hard to accomplish your success.
I use your recommendations to prioritize where I spend my money. I have used the trial period idea several times with great success. An example that comes to mind is Mindmanager Pro7. I created several maps during that trial period for my book.
I also signed up for two other mindmapping software trials that you had not endorsed. After evaluating them all, I truly knew the value of Mindmanager Pro 7. It turned out that it was, just like you said, the most powerful and easy to use. The others were too confusing and didn’t fit my needs.
You are a wonderful role model for anyone who wants to work smarter not harder and get maximum bang for the bucks in an online business.
I feel blessed to have found you as I began my life on the Internet.
I’d echo the comments about leveraging what you have and ignoring those voices that say, “You can’t do X unless you spend a lot of money first.” (I don’t have an inner voice. I have a whole committee up there in my head, and I’m learning to ignore the half that whines all the time. You may be the same way.)
I suggest you expand your thinking about resources that could be available to you. I have borrowed time on equipment that I didn’t own in trade for teaching skills or coaching people. For example, I spent two hours giving a local business man feedback and suggestions on his online marketing effort in exchange for three nights use of his nice recording setup — and used part of the money from selling the 2 products I created to buy my own equipment.
A friend persuaded our local school to purchase a mic and recording software to give students an opportunty to practice recording and editing sound files in a journalism class. She recommended they purchase Mike Stewart’s wonderful “Bronze Package” and helped them install it and learn to use it. Guess who gets to use it periodically for her own projects? She plans to do the same with video equipment next.
Another man I know “volunteers” his time to produce audio messages and run the web site and email list for a men’s group he belongs to. The group pooled some money to purchase the equipment he uses. He has their full approval to use the equipment to grow his online business.
My last suggestion is to pool resources. I’m aware of two budding entrepreneurs who pooled their money and share equipment for their independent websites. They have a clear agreement about how everything is handled. Since neither is using the tools 100% of the time, the common resources work well. (They do live close to one another.) Right now they’re starting to make enough money to each have their own equipment and software, but their interaction and mutual support is worth a lot to them.
My dad used to tell me, “Excuses are lies we tell ourselves.” Don’t let money challenges become stumbling blocks. Be bold and be gentle.
I know a self-made businessman millionaire (not in the Internet world) who once told me that the most DANGEROUS time for a business was when the money rolls in. He said when you don’t have much money, you can’t afford to make many mistakes, but money camouflages a lot of serious problems.
At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna, this issue of having to manage resources to accomplish a project is a pretty consistent business problem. I started my own business in 2003 and I faced this problem when I started (how to buy software, equipment, etc.), and I’m still facing it today (although now it’s about how to deploy resources to manage projects in profitable ways, not how to pay the rent).
Starting your own business is hard. If it wasn’t, everybody would be his or her own boss.
Press on, Jim! Owning your own business may be harder than people tell you, but it’s also way more fun.
My first comment would be to Jimm. Don’t ever refer to yourself as one of the “little guys”. You have started a journey with TNR and you are on your way to being one of the “Giants”. If you have a vision of where you want to go, and goals as to how to get there, and a mentor such as Jim Edwards – it is simply a matter of time before you reach your Peak. By calling yourself one of the “little guys” you run the risk of selling yourself.
Jim Edwards said, (my interpretation) learn from what I say, AND how I say it. I am on my fourth replay of MMIP #1 and I am still getting new ideas.
I have been using powerpoint for almost 20 years, and maybe becasue of that, I recognised his genius in his presentations. But I could not figure out how he did it. After MMIP #1, I now know. That Bamboo tablet cost less than $100 but its value in making effective presentations is inestimable. Jim said, “These are the tools I use” That is what we want to know. These are the tools for success! He also indicated that the foundation of his business is Info-Products he has created using these tools.
They can also be the tools for our success – if we learn how to use them effectively! And Jim is doing a great job in helping us!Last night I replayed the segments on NOTATEIT, and saw things I never saw before! What a great tool! and it is only about $100. And one completed project could recoup the total investment.
Hi Jimm & Jim…
To phrase the sometimes not so obvious, you can’t get rich without spending some money and investing in your ideas and future…
In my offline business where I do physical product designs for individuals and companies I often run into the inventor or entrepreneur that has a million (or billion) dollar product idea but they are not willing to invest in the idea to bring it to reality. And so it never happens, they saved the up front investment but lost the back end profits.
I’ve seen it in the real estate investing business as well. There are legions who want to be investors and make hundreds of thousands of dollars but are unwilling to invest in their education and are therefore doomed to fail or obtain mediocre results.
To make a lot of money in any field requires education and tools. There are countless college graduates that have spent tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars to get good paying jobs but we often whine (myself included) about the cost of courses or the tools we should buy to make our dreams and plans come true.
Making money on the Internet is a bit different and we are really very lucky. We can start out with very little to no investment and learn how to make a few bucks and then scale what we’ve learned into good to great incomes.
TNR is floating in very cheap ways to get started and we all need to remember that. If creating MMIP products or any other method is too expensive for us now then we need start with one of the many other ways that TNR has taught us to get going without spending a lot of money.
The key for me and I suspect many other is to just DO something and stop sitting around waiting for the next million dollar opportunity.
Thank you Jim & TNR for all that you have taught me, the rest is up to me…
I too, struggle to make ends meet and yet make some progress in my business. One of my biggest problems, is I pay too much attention to the other garbage being sold on the internet. If I hadn’t wasted my money on so much of it, believing it would actually be useful, I’d have had all the money I needed to accomplish my goals a long time ago.
I’ve unsubscribed from most of the garbage sources and I’m determined to focus only on what Jim recommends and teaches. There is nothing and nobody better on the web. I realised within the last couple of weeks, that I’ve been suckered by the same ‘guru’ multiple times over the last couple of years. With his latest garbage, I’m determined that I will never buy from him again and I’m going to unsubscribe from every other ‘guru’ who recommends him.
The key for me is to focus on applying the value (and there’s a ton of it) that I receive in TNR every month. I love that I can go back to the archives and find the information I need as I need it. Sometime multiple times!
I’ve been following you for just about as long as you’ve been on the internet, Jim. I have to ask myself…why have you come so far and I’m still struggling. Honestly? It’s because you’ve been focused and have taken massive action, while I’ve been so easily distracted by all the glitz and garbage pounding the ‘net. Thinking that I really ‘needed’ all that stuff to succeed.
The advice that’s been given here by everyone in this comment section is all great! I certainly plan to get my own butt in gear and move forward with what I have.
I think Jim ALWAYS provides BOTH the ‘cadillac’ option of how to get things done, and the less expensive, you can take action no matter what option and in between choices when possible. The other side of the coin (speaking from experience!) is that you can spend thousands of dollars and not recoup your investment if you don’t take the right action or don’t have the right mindset. The ‘bust your ass’ for a month with a cheap mic and a free trial to make enough to upgrade was GREAT advice from Jim. I agree with the other comments that Jim is the most sincere, down to earth, honest, knowledgeable, tell-it-like-it-is person you will find not only in internet marketing but in the world at large. Again, speaking from experience, it’s easy to attribute one’s perceived lack of ability to do something to factors outside oneself, but one of the best lines I’ve heard from Jim is what holds most people back is what’s between their ears.
Jimm, First the “head” thing you are not a little guy but a big guy that has not been discovered.
I have been a member of tnr since july 2006. Sure Jim comes out with products to sell, but he is not pushing a product everyother day like a lot of other big name people that usually only sell half and you have to buy the upsell to get the full benefit.
If money is tight quit drinking Starbucks and sodas for a month and you will have an extra 50-100 bucks(they are bad for you anyway)
“Reach for the stars, if you only get to the moon,
you will be way beyond the others”
I don’t know where you are in your journey of discovery about websites, the net and products, so I’ll relate some ideas that might be of some help and maybe encouragement to you.
You are correct in that Jim is, in my opinion and backed by my own serious investments in numerous others’ products, the Best “How To” provider of information, including your own MMIP’s creation.
I have used Jim’s teaching and products to write a “real book,” converted it to an ebook, built a mini-site, turned the book into a MMIP course, and sold it on a mini-site and got paid via the net. Cool stuff.
All with the tools Jim uses & recommends. Though, I do use older versions of Camtasia (3.0) and 2003 Powerpoint. Not as feature-loaded, but still work.
I’ve also been able to get #1 and #2 organic search positions on Google, and #1 on Yahoo (which had it listed #1 out of 19,100,000 sites deemed relevant in my category.) Both results verified as of this morning.
It took me over two years to get it all together. The next MMIP I’m going to do should only take a few weeks. But, that’s because of all the hours I’ve already put in,
and the shortcuts I’ve learned from Jim since. Thank You TNR!
Here’s the biggest secret that most guru’s know but keep to themselves: The majority of people never take action. But Jim doesn’t just keep it to himself. So, Jim prods, cajoles, pushes, barks and nudges us to do what he Knows
has to be done for results to happen.
Even then, of course, there’s no guarantee your MMIP will find status as “the next best thing to sliced bread.” But, it damn sure won’t if someone never even trys. That IS guaranteed.
And times are tight for many people, but there is always a way to get it done. Maybe a friend, neighbor, your local public library (they will purchase some items on request
to make available), a local college student, or a community college – trade a couple of days assisting grounds-keeping for access to the software, a mic & a computer to make a
You’ve got to want it more than anything standing in your way. Figure out Your Reason Why You Want It, and then you will find a way to get it done – no matter the obstacles.
Good Luck and God Speed.
Success begins with a successful mindset. Jim knows this to be true as well as anyone. Success will simply elude you until you begin to see yourself as successful. I have certainly experienced my share of financial hardships including two backruptcies (one personal and one corporate), but I came out of that experience a stronger individual.
It’s really funny how our subconscious mind will find excuses for us. I’d been online for a while and was wondering why I wasn’t making more money than I was at the time. Began examining my desires and beliefs and discovered a conflict between two strong desires that I had. Once I became aware of this and worked it out in my mind, the amount of money I earned began to increase without making major changes to what I was doing. I’m still not making a lot of money compared to many people online, but it keeps increasing and I’m confident that it will continue to do so.
I also believe that if someone wants something strongly enough they will somehow find the means to do it, whether they feel a shortage of money, time, or anything else. Jim proved this by going without food for two weeks.
Jimm, how strong is your desire? I would suggest working on the mental images you have of your business and life in general and your self-talk. There is no doubt in my mind as to whether you can be successful. Each of us has the ability to have, be and do anything we desire if we know how to program our mind and subconscious mind to have it.
“The Science of Getting Rich” doesn’t say anything about having to have money to make money. It stresses doing the very best job, and more, that you have before you each and every day and the means for the riches you desire will show themselves to you. Jimm, do the very best you can do with what have, but do it with a happy heart and you might be amazed by what happens.
What a lot of powerful responses to Jim and Jimm!
What a great collection of people to interact with!
In my business life offline, which was always buying and selling things, I started off emptying attics and garages for my mother and her friends. I sold all that junk for pennies and shillings in London street markets. The first time I sold an item for £10, for £100, for £1000, I was overwhelmed by the amounts. 15 years later I found myself shipping many containers from Asia and Africa to Europe.
I always figured that if I had to,I could go back and start with the pennies again. Shillings, sadly are long gone.
Online my start was with the pennies, no real knowledge, zero experience but a vague idea that something was possible. Little by little learning who to learn from, what tools to use and getting practical experience.
Sure I would like to have everything that Jim recommends on the same day that he recommends it, but once again little by little as my practical experience and abilities grow.
So using my street market analogy for my online life, I guess I am at the equivalent of my £10 period when I was dealing with objects.
I use the tools I have, borrow others and slowly but surely will get the others when the moment is right.
I don’t let the lack of a tool stop me.
What does slow me down is something completely different and that is mindset and power of intention.
Jim’s energy is always very inspiring for those last two.
Take benefit from both, energy and teaching!
So that’s it from me!
Best to all,
I’m now mad at myself. The time it took me to read all the above comments I could have created another video for my clients and prospects.
So to Jim Edwards…. keep up the good work you’re on target.
For Jimm…. get going! …. time is of the essence. Make money or make excuses. That is your decision.
PS. Jim and Jimm this is not an attack. This the same advice I give my son who always seem to find reasons he can’t do things.
Wow, Guys!! I am thrilled that my comments started such an informational/inspirational thread. I appreciate everything that y’all had to say…I really do, and I hope others can pull inspiration from them as well.
First, I do not think of myself as a “little guy”…it was just a unfortunate choice of metaphor. I have always known that I am destined for GREAT things…no doubt about it…and I thank all of you for reinforcing that in my mind.
One of my heroes has always been Col.Harlan Sanders, the man who created Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). There was a man who did not have the proverbial pot, nor window from which to toss it…until he was literally in his 60′s! He built a multi-billion dollar empire with nothing more than a recipe for chicken batter and sheer determination. He originally sold the batter door to door in a beat up truck until he had the money to open his first restaurant…and the rest is franchising history.
He is my ideal because he never gave up even when he was “over the hill” by most standards. He kept pounding the pavement and knocking on doors until he CREATED success. In October I will reach my 60th birthday…so I BELIEVE that my success cannot be far away! As long as I’m still breathing there is hope.
Secondly, I have NEVER doubted Jim’s sincerity or his purposes…unlike most of the other so-called gurus who only sell you products so they can sell you MORE products!
And, finally…I have been wheeling and dealing like a mad man since this webinar. I have concepts for some wonderful niche products and am researching and writing copy daily. I also have acquired Sound Forge for $35, Roxio Creator for $5 and have a Lightsnake Podcasting Kit…complete with mic, software and Lightsnake coming for $19. So, I AM moving forward with my plans, and when I am ready to start production in a week or so I will be taking advantage of the free trial offers.
Again…thank you all…especially you Jim…for your comments, criticism and inspiration. You WILL see my success story here soon!
p.s. How many “gurus” do you know of that will actually respond to comments on a blog? Thanks again, Jim.
Such a wonderful conversation to have. No doubt most of us have felt alone, frustrated and BROKE as we reach toward internet moguldom.
I sure have. Starting an internet business from scratch with no one but my two dogs as company can be an excruciatingly lonely task. Often seems like nobody gives a flip, not even those fine folks who keep insisting I have won the Nigerian lottery. Oh, and some millionaire in Japan kicked the bucket and left his fortune to me! Now how lucky can a gal get?
However, truth is, there are lots of people who care and offer good advice. Jim is one of them, no doubt about that. If I had my entire internet-business-journey to do over again, I would ignore EVERYONE else and just listen to Jim. And that is NOT a slam to anyone else. Many of them offer great advice for a SORT OF reasonable price, it’s just that listening to a million people gets confusing and lots of the advice contradicts so I end up like a hamster running in circles in his cage.
To me, Jim offers the meat and potatoes info that you HAVE to know. Lots of other “gurus” offer icing on the cake that really is not something you need to deal with when starting out. (That’s not to say Jim does not offer a fine desert tray.)
Jim also seems to be one of the most down-to-earth. Personally, I have a hard time relating so some guy who left his wall street job with 20 million in his pocket then started a successful Internet business.
I have tried to do everything on the cheap because I was a laid-off single mom when I started this merry adventure. Can’t find a job? Well….I’ll make a job for myself on the internet. Of course I didn’t have a clue how to do that, but that’s the “close your eyes and jump” mentality that gotten me in trouble once or twice before! Then again, other times it’s gotten me past the hump and on to the other side.
Doing things on the cheap has caused me to waste time. I wished I had realized early on that going without income costs more money than hiring a webmaster to do what I am inept at doing.
Getting a successful internet business going is harder than I anticipated. I don’t say that to be discouraging (take comfort in the fact that I can be a total moron and have made many mistakes) but rather I say that because I believe too many people get the impression it’s a snap when they read sales letters. Then, they get discouraged because they think they are the only ones who can’t get it.
Well, I’m here to let you know that getting discouraged is easy and to be expected. The good part is that Jim Edwards is one of the best ones out there to chase away those blues.
Not that he’s perfect, damn it!
(We can’t give him a big head.)
Hang in there Jimm, there are a lot of us who care, it’s just a bit hard to feel that out here in cyberspace.
There’s ALWAYS a way. Borrow the equipment. Barter for it. Get a trickle of income going then expand.
Did you know that one four-dollar pot of bean soup can last for nearly a week?
Hugs to all,
Ms. Verbose is back.
I just have to add that I am so impressed when I read everyone’s comments here. What a fine group and awesome discussion. Which just goes to show that Mr. Edwards attracts a quality following.
I’m honored to know you all!
Can’t wait to see your Success Story here, Jimm!
I think we have to give Lorraine, “The Most Entertaining Writer Award”!
Doesn’t seem there is too much more to add. And having said that, Jim has been and remains to be one of the V E R Y few “guru’s” that is willing to give it straight up.
If he recommends a product, and tells us it’s the one to get the job done… that’s what I focus on magnetizing into my world.
If he tells us he’s found the most efficient way of accomplishing something… it has always proven itself so.
If he cautions us about pitfalls in strategy, equipment, theory or technique, I take him at his word.
(Good thing you have such a high ethos of accountability Jim, LOL)
Anyway… Success leaves clues.
How tremendous of Jim to lay out his clues like a breadcrumb trail for any and all who will follow, to have for themselves.
And all for less than $100 USD monthly. And what is that in Euros now?
Affordable. That’s what it is.
I’m forever grateful to All the knowledge placed in the TNR. I haven’t downloaded any of it, because if I need to refer to a past lesson it’s all there.
(So Jim, if you ever plan to switch up the material and stop hosting all of it, please give us about 60 days warning, so I can hire someone to make a back-up for me!)
I just don’t know of any other teacher/guru/marketer that is set up this way. Absolutely incredible.
And so, we go at our given pace, aptitude, ability, point of consciousness, life circumstances and all the rest.
And do as we allow ourselves to do.
I think Jim definitely remembers all the terrain of his past. And this is what has made him into the incredible teacher we have today.
Thank you Jim.
Thanks for who you are, what you do, how much you offer and for enduring our growth pains with patience and kindness.
And as Lorraine said along with a few others, so nice to be in such great company in the TNR.
My only comment is to you is keep telling us “the truth”, down in the trenches exactly as you do it, as I know this saves us all a lot of time researching, testing and trial and error and greatly increases our chance of success. I think you always think of the little guy.
As you have said before if you have a big enough “WHY” you will find a way to get what you need (ie the tools) and make it happen. Does that mean you will have the best to start with, will it be perfect the first time no but you can do it if the “WHY” is there.
Jim I would encourage you not to change your style and in fact I would like to see more of this exact no holds barred format.
Keep up the awesome work,
Jim, Jimm, & TNR “Ohana” (Hawaiian for “family”):
Mahalo (“thank you”) for sharing your “mana’o” (“thoughts, beliefs, convictions, true spirit”) with me and other TNR members.
You helped me realize what I should already know:
1. Jim shares truth & honest Internet Marketing knowledge, skills, and experience; if only I would learn, understand, and apply/ACT on his wisdom.
2. I have taken mentor Jim Edwards & TNR for granted; if only I would follow his lead & example regularly, consistently, and faithfully, and not be distracted by other guru promises, with little value and even less financial results.
3. I am totally responsible for my current state of affairs & success; if only I would keep the right “success” mindset and expand my life constantly, without the limiting beliefs and their challenging realities.
Mahalo to Jim, Jimm, & the TNR Ohana for sharing… and caring
Hi, Jimm and Jim,
I, too, am on the side of leveraging what you have. I know my biggest problem is with focusing on externals as what is going to bring success. “If I buy this…” “If I buy that…” What I like with Jim is that he focuses on taking action.
In learning MMIP, yeah, some expenses exist. It’s a field that not that long ago would have cost thousands of dollars to get into. Now it’s in the hundreds.
It becomes a decision of, “What can I leverage what I have right now (or what I can afford right now) to move forward toward my goals?”
Maybe it won’t involve MMIP right now. But there’s always something that any of us can leverage at any given time. Yes, it’s frustrating to look at some inviting strategy and say, “Maybe now’s not the time,” or “Maybe this isn’t the best strategy for my goals.” But rather than focusing on what I can’t do or on what I don’t have, I need to focus on what I can do and do have.
The way I see it, it’s the only way to make progress.
What a great collection of comments.
Following Jim’s advice over the years, I am now getting requests to help others. Then, they tell others and on and on. Publications are now forming, too cool!
The hardest part was the 9 full seemingly endless months of little sales, learning more and never giving up that is finally paying off.
One suggestion to inspire you: use a mind map with your name as the main focus. Create children and grandchildren (Nodes) of EVERY SINGLE POSITIVE ACT that you accomplished in your business over the past 6 months.
I have found when I am a little down or need a lift, open this up, update it, remind yourself of your accomplishments and create more. So often I get stuck in the weeds of details and forget the big picture. How many mind map accomplishment nodes did you have?
Be blessed all,
p.s. Your personal life accomplishments work even better.
If you’ve got the knowledge, someone will have the tools. Create a strategic partnership, your knowledge/their tools, to create a product and use the profits to buy tools.
If you have no knowledge, the tools wouldn’t have done you any good anyway.
There’s a way, or two or three, if you WANT to do anything.
If you don’t think that’s true, feel free to read this:
WOW! What a great bunch of people we have here in TNR… you guys are the best!
First of all, thank you very much for the kind words… I really appreciate the pats on the back and I don’t take them lightly. Thanks
Second, thanks for all the great encouragement for Jimm and everyone else. You guys really have a handle on things and how to get from where you are to where you want to be. I’m proud of the way you all stepped up to the plate to offer encouragement, insight and guidance for everyone else.
Third, Duke’s comment made me realize something – and it’s reflected in everyone’s comments. Its’ simply this: the journey is the reward – not the destination.
What do I mean?
Well, what makes you stronger? The goal you reach or the struggle to reach it?
What do people trade most when they get together? How great the goal was or the stories “From the trenches” of what it took to get to the goal?
What do we remember the most? The times when things were easy, or the times when we had to reach down and find that extra something and really come through in the clutch?
The Journey of discovery, of triumph, of overcoming obstacles, of growing to become more than we are now… that’s what this is about.
It’s not just about reaching a lofty goal or milestone – it’s about a series of milestones, each one forcing us to grow and expand our use of the resources that are already around us.
How you do that and to what degree depends on where you are in your life, but the process is the same, big or small.
Some people never realize this and wait for things to come to them… others, like you guys, realize it ALL starts with YOU.
My hat is off to you guys… YOU’RE the truly awesome ones
Jim, your comment above is beautiful and SOOOOO true.
One day at a time, one baby step at a time.
And the journey IS fun, even though it can be frustrating at times.
I mean, the other day I spent the afternoon digitally flushing a certain politician down the toilet. What corporate job would allow me to do that?
(My idea of fun and your idea of fun are quite possibly different.)
I love meeting people from all over the world and being able to explore and grow with the most exciting communications medium EVER.
So frustration be damned, I am one content TNR loyalist.
Hugs to all!