The other day, a student of mine sent me an email about how my competitor (who reads these emails, by the way) suddenly has a course on how to make money on Amazon Kindle.
Interestingly enough, this is after I did my seminar on Aggressive Income Strategies in March where I did a very lengthy and mind-blowing presentation about making a minimum of $20,000 per month on Amazon with KDP Select through the Amazon Kindle program.
(And I also have something else coming out on Kindle soon since I've been doing incredibly well with it writing erotica novellas under an assumed name!)
Hmmmmm...seems like my desperate and pitiful competitor, whose name I'll definitely name in a quick second, is at it again.
And who is it, you may ask? The guy who I thought (or rather hoped) had jumped off a bridge by now since I hadn't heard from him in several years. (And again, he pops up like a bad penny.) In case you don't know who I'm talking to, it's David Lindahl...the loser that sued me back in 2010...or 2011. Don't quite remember when. All I remember is that I kicked his ass. Then he disappeared like a dog with his tail between his legs...like the dog that he is.
Now he just copies me what I do because he's been reduced to a pitiful slug. Even worse, he doesn't actually make money with Amazon Kindle. Sure, his books are converted to Kindle but by taking a look at his ridiculously priced Kindle books, I can tell 2 things: (1) he doesn't sell many books at that price point since he violates all of the rules of Amazon publishing (because his publishers have listed the Kindle books and he had nothing to do with them, making him an "expert" on exactly nothing regarding Kindle), and (2) he understand KDP Select. (More about that on another day.)
I've also had a slew of emails in the past couple of weeks since I told everyone I was closing the doors in the upcoming months between December and January. You all even "outed" me to the very employee (Jeanine) who opened my eyes to this final decision with her entitlement tirade about her hourly pay when you guys started calling my office and actually telling her that I'm shutting the place down. (No, she didn't know...and she certainly didn't know she was the culprit behind it all. Now she does. Thanks, guys!)
Anyway, you guys and gals are asking me (and some of you are actually panicking) about my shutting the office down!
(You guys are soooo cute!) :-)
So, here's the deal, since it's evident that I wasn't clear about what's happening here.
I'm done having employees and overhead and the rest of the headaches that come along with having a business.
And what type of "guru" would I be to keep teaching you guys about making Aggressive Income, shoveling all your cash into Passive Income Assets, and retiring in 36 months if I didn't walk the talk?
Oh wait! I'd be just like David Lindahl, wouldn't I? (LOL!)
And that, my friend, is not what I'll ever become!
In the very beginning of my teaching career, I had a handful of students (who are still with me, by the way) who anticipated "great" things for me. Apparently many of them had this idea in their heads that I was going to become the next Robert Kiyosaki. You know, the Rich Dad, Poor Dad guy?
And I made it very clear from the beginning. I don't want to stand next to "them" and become one of "them."
What did that mean?
Most of those gurus are full of sh**. They don't practice what they preach and they certainly don't do what they tell other people to do. And I absolutely refuse to even stand in the same category as they do simply because people will automatically assume that I'm on the same snake-oil-salesman-level that they are.
But mostly it's because I simply didn't have time to be the full-fledged "guru" that those other guys are. I actually go out, do real estate, have other businesses (for Aggressive Income), and only have a tiny bit of time for the "guru" thing.
Furthermore, even though I've been offered book deals by major New York publishers and have already been afforded the opportunity to become "one of them," I've turned down these publishers time and time again simply because I don't want to become the female poster child of financial freedom. Instead, I'd rather focus on teaching the few of you (who are serious about this) what I know, let you become successful, and we both then move on our merry little ways.
But over the past couple of years, my life and teachings have become contradictory. Since I started teaching my students Aggressive Income Strategies around this time in 2012, I've been showing my students how to not have overhead and not have employees and not have the stress of a regular business while enjoying the benefits of stuffing $20,000 or more per month in pure profits right into your pocket.
Yet I have the stress and obligations of overhead.
In the beginning, it was enjoyable. I had a mission. I needed to train people to become financially proficient and self-sufficient so the minor frustrations here and there of having a business didn't bother me. I was built to do it, having so many businesses for so many years. People management comes easy to me. And the minor frustrations I can bulldoze over, for many people, would be viewed (and felt) as insurmountable obstacles that would give them an instant one-way ticket into the loony bin.
But then something happened a little more than a year ago...
I had a powerful "shift."
At first I thought it was a "mid-life" crisis. Just a bit early. I figured since I had a hard life and always figured things out much earlier than most people, maybe I was going through the mid-life crisis thing earlier than most people do. This would explain the BMW thing and me carving up my body with a mural of tattoos on my back. (Yes, my entire back is all tattooed up.)
Then recently I figured it out. I figured out what was happening when I watched a video called The Shift by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. (You can watch the video on YouTube.com by searching for it...and have at least 2 hours available to watch it front to back without distractions. Highly recommended video! Here's the link: http://youtu.be/Yo_UA2l9ZkY)
I realized that I was going through The Shift and that it was time I did something about it.
Each one of us only has a certain number of days on this planet. And life is too short doing stuff you can't stand.
That applies to you, too!
And me, too!
It applies to everyone.
Now, many of you know that I've been "fake" retiring since last year. It wasn't really a false alarm but rather me mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the "real deal" that I knew was eminent in my future. (I just didn't know when it would happen, exactly.) Just when I was ready to step out of the spotlight, I'd freak out. I didn't want to let go of my students, my staff, my office, and what had become my "life."
Then the situation with Jeanine happened a couple of weeks ago that made me realize that this whole situation has become like an old snake skin that I've shed last year but that I've been too stubborn to want to let go.
Now it's time to let go.
So, let's clarify what's happening so that there are no misunderstandings:
1) I'm moving my successful distribution business to the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan where Ronnie will operate the business (and I won't be operating it anymore).
2) Instead of closing down my office/warehouse in the preliminary set time frame of December/January...I decided to shut it down by Halloween. And I'm pushing to move it up another month to make it September 30, 2014. By August, my warehouse will be empty since I already have a "Pod" being delivered the second week of the month for all warehouse "stuff" to fill it for it's final destination in Michigan.
3) I have a handful of very highly lucrative Aggressive Income Businesses that include (a) an Internet business, (b) a direct mail order business, (c) making money on eBay/Amazon, and (d) with Amazon Kindle. These operate on autopilot and bring in anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 per month, pure profit cash in my pocket (that's on auto-pilot) with very low overhead obligations that include nothing more than website hosting, domain registering, a post office box fee, and an answering service. It's stress free and that's what I need right now.
4) I have a slew of income properties that are managed by proficient management companies; I'm about to start picking up many more apartment buildings in Michigan that have a mind-blowing cash flow.
5) I'll continue with Global Success on a very minimal basis. I still want to teach and provide profitable information to my students but there won't be an office you can call. You'll have email access and all courses will go to download. (This will be cheaper for you, by the way.) And I'll be able to offer you bigger discounts on everything since I won't have to support the traditional Global Success overhead.
While I'm sitting at my office managing staff and overhead, I've found lately that I don't even have the energy to facilitate these property deals. And our last little "window" is going to close by mid-2015. I'm not missing that window because I'm too busy checking student emails.
When there is too much on your plate, you have to eliminate the sh** that is wasting your time so that you can focus on the sh** that is worth it to you. It's called the 80/20 Principle. This is a true concept outlining that 20% of your "work" yields 80% of your results.
Everything else...you have to ditch before it eats you alive.
And that's what I'm doing.
Life's too short to waste it on nonsense.
See you at the top!