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How To Help Haiti And Yourself In One Simple Act

January 23rd, 2010 . by Jeff McCall

I received a telephone call on Thursday night from an old friend Nick James. He told me he was running an Internet Marketing seminar at the weekend and had a plan for incorporating a charity event into what he was teaching the attendees.

He is launching a brand new product from that seminar at 11am today and all the proceeds from the sale of that product will go to Oxfam’s charitable efforts in helping the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

So if you haven’t had the chance yet to donate to supporting the victims in Haiti then here’s your chance. Not only will you be helping them but you’ll also be helping yourself, because in return you’ll receive a DVD packed with a great video tutorial showing you how to create your own product in 24 hours, along with some useful bonuses.

Here’s the link you need to click now:

This is not an affiliate link as there are no commissions for this product. All the proceeds go to Oxfam to support the earthquake victims.

At the risk of repeating myself, here’s your chance to help the victims of Haiti and at the same time help yourself.

So don’t delay, check the product page out. There’s no mention of the charity on the sales page, it’s only mentioned on the thank you page after you place your order.

On behalf of Nick, many thanks for your support.

Be successful!

Technorati Tags: Business and Economy, Caribbean, Earthquake, Haiti, Organizations, Oxfam, Port-au-Prince, Telephone

Sometimes Problems Really Aren’t That Bad

December 8th, 2009 . by Jeff McCall

It was September 11th 2002, one year on from the Twin Towers attack . I was in my London office and had to drive to a meeting across town on the other side of the River Thames. Saying the traffic was bad would be an understatement. It’s usually difficult getting around on the roads in the centre of London at the best of times, but this was something else.

To make things worse, my usual route, which takes me past St Paul’s Cathedral, was blocked off by the police. There was to be a big remembrance service there later in the day so I was diverted along an unfamiliar route.

Having finally reached my destination a little late and got my meeting over with, I then had to get back. I tried three different routes never managing to get within even one mile of Shoreditch and my office. The roads were grid locked and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was also low on petrol and  was concerned about my tank reaching empty while I was still in the jam.

In normal circumstances, I suppose I’d have reacted like most other drivers, cursing my predicament and every brainless idiot trying to jump the queue of traffic, slowly boiling away inside trying to set a new blood pressure record. But I didn’t, surprisingly I stayed reasonably calm and rational. I concluded that I was wasting my time trying to get to my office any time soon, so changed my plan. I headed off for an early lunch and the nearest petrol station.

So what was different this time?

Well on this occasion, I couldn’t help thinking about what was causing the situation, the many remembrance events around the city to mark what had happened 12 months before. Pondering those events really didn’t make my predicament seem that important in the scheme of things.

Why is it that sometimes a normally annoying situation can be calmly accepted, or more simply an apparent negative situation can be regarded as positive?

It all depends on your perspective on a particular situation! And of course, your perspective is determined by your attitude.

Attitude a little thing that makes a big difference!

Your attitude is just as important in determining the success of your business endeavours as it is the more trivial personal situations you find yourself in, such as the one I describe above.

The single most fundamental thing you can do to almost guarantee success in anything you choose to do or be is to have the right attitude. Good attitude is about being positive, confident and having self-belief.

There is no big secret or magic formula that will ensure your success. There is only you! You are the single most important factor in the equation.

The only way you will succeed in anything is through your own hard work and persistence. But to drive you on through any adversity day after day, you need the right mental attitude.

With the right attitude you simply can have or be anything you really want.

Be successful!

Technorati Tags: attitude, self-belief

How’s Your Squirrel Impression Coming Along?

November 14th, 2009 . by Jeff McCall

I had a long drive ahead of me…

I set off at the crack of dawn to avoid the rush hour traffic and get to my destination as early as possible. There were very few cars on the local roads at that time in the morning and no pedestrians that I noticed. The road I was on seemed almost deserted, except for when I reached a straight section of tree-lined avenue not far from home.

There in the centre of the road ahead sat a little grey squirrel.

I suspect that the little chap was quite surprised to see my car. He jumped up in surprise and began rapidly looking this way and that. Then he began what could have been mistaken for a little dance. A few steps to the left, a few steps to the right, and repeat. He really couldn’t make his mind up which way to run to escape. Should he go left or should he go right?

In fact, he was moving back and forth so much, I had to swerve several times before I managed to hit him!

OK, cheap laugh! Well, it made me laugh anyway. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist the temptation. Must be my warped sense of humour.

I promise you, I never ran him down I slowed down enough to let him safely escape. The last time I saw him he was fit and well, and running up a tree. Honest your honour!

The little critter knew he had to do something to survive, he just couldn’t decide which direction to go.

I heard a news report on the radio a few days later. Apparently far fewer hedgehogs are being killed on our roads. They’ve learnt that when a car is coming it’s foolhardy to roll into a ball. Instead, the instinct to just run for it as fast as they can is now being passed through the generations. Hedgehogs are learning through evolution that standing still is not good for their future.

Enough already, what has this got to do with me?

Well if you haven’t worked it out yet, it’s all about having some direction in your life. You’ve got to have something to aim for right? Without direction you’ll just be running in circles, or back and forth like our little squirrel friend. You simply must have some direction if you want to move your life forward, get it?

OK clever whatsit, how do I create direction?

The easiest way is by setting yourself some goals. I won’t go into detail here about the finer points of goal setting, that’s for another article. I just want you to make the decision to set yourself at least one. Make sure it’s achievable, write it down, read and visualise it regularly using all of your senses so it becomes real to you.

Believe me, setting goals works! All successful people have been setting goals for themselves for years. So if you want to emulate them and achieve success for yourself, in whatever sphere, you must set yourself some goals.

So how d’you square up?

Are you a squirrel who has no direction in life, or are you a hedgehog who gets his head down and goes for it?

Be successful!

This Month So Far I’ve Mainly Been Doing…

March 24th, 2009 . by Jeff McCall

Fun stuff. Yes I probably could have made a whole lot more money spending my free time in front of my computer. But in my defence a couple of quotes come to mind. I don’t want to be “the richest man in the graveyard” and nobody said before they died –  “I wish I’d spent more time at work!”

Let’s be clear about why we aspire to have a successful business. In my case it’s about family and freedom. And that’s reflected in the fun stuff I mentioned at the start.

The weather has improved that much in the London area that I’ve been able to get the winter covers off my aircraft and take it for my first flight of the year. I was a little apprehensive not having flown for some months, but it was great being up in the clouds again.

I’ve also been preparing my race car for the coming season. My first race of the year will be at Snetterton race circuit in Norfolk, UK on 5th April. I finally managed to get the battered near side front wing replaced so the car looks a little more respectable. Hopefully it will last a few races before that one gets bashed and dented like the last.

But most importantly of all I’ve welcomed a new member to the family with the birth of my second grand child. My youngest daughter Nicola made me a very proud grandfather when she gave birth to baby Lucy. She was just over 8 pounds birth weight and 12 days overdue. Not in any hurry to enter the world; clearly takes after her mother.

The proud grandfather with baby Lucy a couple of hours after her birth

Me playing the proud grandfather with baby Lucy a couple of hours after her birth

OK, so I’m going round the houses a bit. But what I’m on about is the work-life balance. And the picture above is the best example of why it’s important to get it right; having time to enjoy your family, having time for the really important things in life and having time to have fun.

I count my ‘riches’ based upon my life experiences and not on the balance in my bank account.

Be successful.

Technorati Tags: doing fun stuff, family time, life's riches

Have You Outgrown Your Fish Tank?

February 27th, 2009 . by Jeff McCall

Photo of my fish tank

Over in the corner of my kitchen, just to the left of the back door, sits a fish tank. It’s not a particularly big tank, probably no more than about two foot wide by a foot deep. This tank is home to my pet goldfish. There’s a picture of it that I’ve just taken over there on the left.

What’s his name?

Don’t be stupid! You don’t give goldfish names. I mean, they’re hardly likely to come when you call, or roll over and play dead on command are they?

But now you come to mention it, he does always seemed pleased to see me. Always up at the corner of the glass wiggling with excitement he is, whenever I come home.

OK, I know what you’re thinking, “get a grip you moron! It’s only because he wants feeding! Get to the point will you? We’re all busy people here you know!”

Sorry, it’s just that thinking about my goldfish made me remember something that I think you might find interesting.

Have you ever heard of the Fish Tank Theory?

Well let me tell you about it!

The Fish Tank Theory simply says that fish can only grow as big as their tank allows. If you put a fish that appears to have grown full-size into a bigger tank it will then grow some more to accommodate the new tank.

So how does this affect you?

Well, if you think about it, the Fish Tank Theory also works with people just like you and me. What do you do when you feel you’ve outgrown your current situation? You plan a change or move of some sort, don’t you?

Planning the next move in your business or personal life can be just like designing a new and bigger fish tank. To help achieve this you need a vision of your future the way you want it to be after the change. Without such a vision it’s very difficult to move forward.

So, when designing your new ‘fish tank’ you create a picture in your mind that you want to grow into. The more vivid you make this picture, the more likely you are to achieve it.

So why can’t you just design the biggest tank you can imagine, and avoid all the lesser moves in between?

The reason is that you simply have to be realistic! If you design a massive new all singing and dancing tank with all the bells and whistles, when you jump in you’ll surely drown. You see the size of your new tank is directly proportional to the risk of moving into it.

Big tank = big risk, and small tank = small risk. Get the picture?

Designing your new tank is all about planning your future. You probably won’t be able to move into your new fish tank right away. So you’ll have to plan the steps and timescales for reaching it. You may need short, medium and long-term goals to enable you to fully visualise. And of course they should be specific, the more specific the better!

So, if you’re currently feeling constrained and frustrated about the future, you may have outgrown your fish tank. You need to sit down and think about designing a new one.

Be successful!

Technorati Tags: fish tank theory, goal setting, planning your future

How To Avoid Unecessary Penalty Fees From Chargebacks

February 14th, 2009 . by Jeff McCall

I had this experience the other day when going through my credit card statements. It made me think about how easy it is for customers to make a chargeback on a credit card purchase. And this made me think about what could be done by a merchant to prevent this from happening.

So if you want to know how to avoid penalty fees from unnecessary chargebacks then watch the video.

Hope you found that useful? Let me know.

So until next time.

Be successful.

Technorati Tags: accepting credit cards, credit card charges, credit card fees, internet marketing, marketing tips, merchant charges

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