Your Article Marketing Tutorial Blog Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:59:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How I Landed A free Apartment In London For 2 Weeks Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:59:21 +0000 And Why Does it Have Anything to Do with your Business? No, this is not one of those flashy headlines to get you here....

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Importance of Relationship in Business

No, this is not one of those flashy headlines to get you here.

Actually it is, but what I mean is that it’s TRUE.

Yes, I did land an apartment for free for 2 weeks in August, in one of the most expensive cities in the World.

Yes, central London!

How did that happened?

Because I’m pretty good at building and maintaining relationships.

Now, to be honest, I’ve not always been that way, but I’m getting better and better for sure.

But what does this has to do with me you may be asking?

Well, if you are in business, everything.

Because today business is built on relationships more than anything else.

My goal for with this article, is to help you understand why YOU need to build relationships to build your business.


Why are there More and More Ads out there?

Last week I wrote about 5 tell-tale signs that show that you don’t have a clue about marketing, and if you don’t, I suggest that you go read this article first.

But the point here is that people who don’t know or don’t want to spend some time building their business through relationships are losing out big time.

One of the main lies that business owners want to believe is that people will buy from them for no reason, just because they are promoted and advertised to.

Well, according to a recent Google case study what used to be called the Rule of Seven, which means that someone has to be exposed to your product about 7 times before they buy, has become the rule of 10.4, which means that people have to see your product over 10 times (on average) before they decide to buy.

This is a strong sign that it takes more advertising, and therefore more of your money, to sell your product these days.

Just think about it for a minute, there are more and ads thrown at us every day.

Do you remember when YouTube was ad free? Well, as you know, it’s not longer the case.

Indeed, ads are popping up more and more everywhere, because it takes more to convince people to buy.

But why is that the case?

Well, I’m no advertisement expert, but here are a few things that comes to mind.

  • There are more and more products out there (more competition).
  • If there are more products, then automatically it will take more ad space to promote them.
  • Because there’re so many ads, people have developed blinders to ignore them as much as they can, so as a result even more ads are thrown at us.

Just a quick glance at the screen shot below, from Statista, showing the constant increase from the recent past to the upcoming future is a tell-tale sign that’s not going to decrease any time soon.

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With the increase of businesses from large Fortune 500 companies to new solo entrepreneurs, the business landscape is increasing, and so is the advertisement for it.

This is why if all you’re going to do to promote your business is using cold advertising, you need to have a huge budget for it to start with.

But maybe, you could use another method that won’t cost you much money at all… what it will cost you though is more of your precious time.

The good news is that you can also hire someone to do that for you, but at least it will be way more economical than having to pay for advertisement.

And what’s more is that it works much better in the end.


How Building Relationships Pays off more than Ads

Just a few days ago, as I was having a conversation with an entrepreneur woman, I asked her how she got her clients.

Here answer was very telling, if you ask me.

She said that the vast majority of her clients came from referrals.

She’d meet someone online and build a relationship with them, and then through them she would meet other people that would become her clients.

For some reasons the first person she would build relationship with would not necessarily become a client, but she’d meet her future clients through them.

In any case, she said that none of her clients came out of the blue. She had had to build some type of relationships with them first.

Advertisement is not where she’s getting  her clients from.

Even her blog is not the vehicle that she’s getting clients from.

While her blog is a platform where she can send them to learn more about her,  what she does, and even deliver value for them, most of her business is created thought emails and other exchange messages, before someone decides to hire her services.

No advertisement can and ever will overtake the value of building strong relationships to grow your business.


Why Relationships are so Important in Business

Remember my headline?

How I landed an apartment in London for 2 week for free?

As some of you know, but probably many more of you don’t, I am writing these words from England right now, because I am on a 12+ month journey all over Europe.

So far I’ve been in Scotland for 2 weeks, and one week in Ireland. Next week I’ll be going to Spain for a week,  before I head back up to the UK for another month. Then I’ll be heading to France, my own native country, for an extended amount of time.

In case you’re wondering, one of the best ways to travel that long is to what’s called housesitting. So, instead of staying in an expensive hotel, or having to rent a holiday apartment, you agree to take care of someone’s place (which usually includes pets) while they’re away.

The house sitting market is becoming more and more popular and my guess is that it will also become more and more crowded as time goes on, but I have a head start, because I’ve already built relationships with people that not only would invite me back, but give me great referrals as well.

However, the reason why I got that free apartment in London for two weeks, is not because I’m going to take care of someone’s place while they go on vacation.

No, it’s because I’ve built a relationship with someone in France whose house I’ll be taking care of later this year, but they have invited me to stay in their apartment (which will be empty at that time) in London as a gracious gift for me to enjoy the city free of rent.

So, while some people will pay $300, $500 or more a night, I’ll be staying for free in central London.

One thing is certain, no advertisement in the world would have got me that, now would it?

And the beauty about relationships is that it doesn’t work only one way( unless you’re a very selfish person).

Meaning I’m not the only one benefiting from free beautiful places to live in Scotland, because those people I built a relationship with will be welcomed to my place when I get back to the United States.

We may do a house swap or not, it doesn’t matter.

If they want a free stay in the US at some point, they got it.

We’ve built a trust-relationship that’s priceless and that can’t be advertised in any way.

Why am I telling you this story?



Relationships will get you Lifetime Customers

If you do it well.

If you are genuine enough to appeal to people to the point that they can trust you, you will get lifetime customers or clients that will not only come back to buy more from you, but send you referrals, who in turn will send you more referrals.

Advertisement will cost you only money, so if you have plenty of it, you might want to spend some on that, but what advertisement can’t buy is trust and bounding that only YOU can create.

And that my friend, won’t cost you a penny, but it will cost you some of your time and commitment.

So, are you ready for the challenge of building more relationships for your business?

Let me know what you think in you comment.

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5 Tell-Tale Signs That You Don’t Have A Clue About How To Promote Your Business Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:22:52 +0000 I know it’s sad  for some of us, but there are still business owners and other product creators out there today who still don’t...

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I know it’s sad  for some of us, but there are still business owners and other product creators out there today who still don’t have no clue about how to promote their business.

Even though this is 2015 and counting.

How do I know?

Well, besides the fact that I personally know some individuals fitting this description, I also receive promotional emails in my personal inbox and through social media, on a daily basis, from such people.

That’s what prompted me to write this article.

Interestingly enough, when I have the time, I do reply to some of those guys to tell them that they are doing it wrong, but for the most part they ignore my help.

If this is you, it means that you don’t have a clue about how to market and promote your business, and you’re simply hurting yourself.

I’m not sure if there are still so called gurus who would teach anyone to market this way in 2015, but if there are out there I hope they find this article too.

However, spamming is not the only tell-tale sign that you don’t know how to promote your business, there are others that we will discuss here as well.

So, make sure you read about all 5 points.


1 – You’re Sending Unsolicited Emails to People you don’t Know

First let’s look at the definition of unsolicited emails.

Here is how a site called Webopedia defines spamming:

Spam is most often considered to be electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Some people define spam even more generally as any unsolicited email. However, if a long-lost brother finds your email address and sends you a message, this could hardly be called spam, even though it is unsolicited. Real spam is generally email advertising for some product sent to a mailing list or newsgroup.

If you’re sending unsolicited promotional emails to strangers it’s a strong sign that you have no clue about how to market your business, and I hope that you will soon realize that’s why it’s not working for you.

You see, when you haven’t even taken the time to get to know someone, and you’re sending an email that suggest them to buy something from you, or even to “check it out” as some people like to call it, it tends to makes people upset with you. Not a very good way t introduce yourself, now is it?

That’s not the kind of reaction you want to get if you want to promote your business or sell your product.

What you should do Instead…

Join forums and social media groups and interact with people. Get to know them.

If you interact with people within your niche, you will eventually even get access to their market and be able to expose your business the smart way.

A note of warning, though, if you are fake, if you’re not genuine in your attempt to get to know people, they will feel that too. So, if your issue is that you are too selfish or self-centered to be interested in people, your best bet is to hire someone to do the job for you.


2 – The Only Thing you Promote is your Product or Service

I don’t know if you’ve got that by now yet, but people don’t care about what you’re selling.

Why do you think advertisers turn up the volume during commercials on TV? Because they know that by nature people won’t care.

So when you send your unsolicited message it’s just like those annoying commercials, and just like most people do with commercials on TV, they’ll discard your message.

Instead of promoting your product or services so much, try promoting YOU instead.

I’d be way more interested if you emailed me about you and what you do, then if you put your product in my face.

Wake up and smell the coffee. This doesn’t work anymore!

If it has ever worked to some degree in the past (maybe) it certainly doesn’t work anymore in 2015.

This is how someone replied to a person who emailed some of us on Linkedin about their product rather than trying to connect the smart way.

Do you really want to get that kind of reaction?

Tell-Tale Signs you don't know how to market


What you should do instead…

Instead, introduce yourself, and genuinely explain that you would be willing to get some help and feedback about how to promote your business or product.

You’d be surprised about the suggestions that you would be getting if that is your problem.

Or try to get to know people first and then send them individual messages, not blast emails to a long list of names as you can see above.

This doesn’t work my friends.


3 – You are Using your Business Name Instead of your Own

Gosh do I hate that one.

Are you still using your business or product name instead of your own?

I don’t care what you’re selling, it’s NOT a good idea to use your business name instead of your own name.


Because usually it doesn’t inspired trust in people. It actually has the very opposite effect, it tends to make people run away from you.

Before being a business, you are a person, and that’s what people want to see.

If you were to write your resume, would you write it in a way that you are the job you did, or would you write it as the person who did the job?

Obviously, you would use the latter suggestion, wouldn’t you?

  • You’re not accounting, you’re an accountant
  • You’re not engendering, you’re an engineer

So if you get that, what don’t you get that using your business or product name instead of your own is totally wrong?

You are the person who owns the company, the business, the product or the service… etc, but you are NOT the business.

It’s interesting that this type of behavior was born online, tough, but it doesn’t make any difference whether you promote your business online or not.

What you should do instead…

Do not use your business avatar in your blog or social media profiles. Use your real face.

Do not use your business name as your name, but your own name.

By doing this people will recognize you as a person and trust you much better, and your sales will increase.

If you could only get that much from this post, you would start flourishing in your business, I’m sure.


4 – You are not Blogging

If you have an online or even an offline business, you should be blogging about it.

By the way, I have written numerous posts about how to promote your business the right way through blogging, so check out my blog.

Even though there are literally over 500,000 blog posts written each day, you need to have your own.

The reason why there are so many blog posts written each day it’s because people know that it works.

On the other hand, people who do not have a blog struggle to get a momentum.

I have a friend who has written what otherwise should be a very popular book, because it touches the cause of a very specific but large market.

He was told by quite few people which include publishers that his idea was unique. It was even accepted in a couple of book stores that sold a  handful of copies, but it fell short of reaching its true potential.


Well, even though I encouraged my friend (the author of the book) many times, to start a blog that would be discussing the topic of his book while helping him build relationships with his target audience, he has never done it.

He doesn’t have the money to pay someone to do it for him, but he won’t do it himself either.

So he’s stuck and so is his book.

Bottom line, even though the book should be a popular one, no one knows about it, but a handful of people.

This is a very good example, that while just starting a blog with no planning, you’re blog will probably fail rapidly; having a good reason to start a blog and not doing it is an obvious business mistake.

What you should do instead…

Create a blog or hire someone to do it for you.

If you have a business or a product that you want to put out there, there is no better way than having a blog that will help you promote it for you.

When you use your blog the right way, it will be the vehicle that’s going to drive traffic and money to your business.


5 – You are not Building Relationships with your Audience

In 2015 and in the coming years, businesses are and will be built with relationships more and more.

My Friend Don Purdum often writes about that. You can check one of his latest articles here for more details on the subject.

Whether it’s the relationships you are building with other business owners, your potential clients or through your customer service, it’s all one and the same thing.

It’s all about how good you are at building relationships to help you grow your business, and your profit.

If you’re not even trying to connect with people right now, and all you do is advertise, advertise, advertise… good luck to you!

What you should do instead…

In order to do that it’s would be a good idea to have a blog first as I explained above.

While it’s not impossible to build relationships without a blog, it makes it so much easier if you do, because you can give people high quality information and value through your blog.

Once they come to your blog it’s up to you to try create a connection with them. By that I mean a one on one connection with each individual.

When people visit your blog, check them out. If they do have a blog too, go check it out, and get to know them.

When you go to their blog, read their latest article and leave a comment. Follow them on Twitter or any of your favorite social media platforms.  Make sure you introduce yourself as a genuine person.

If they don’t have a blog, look them up on social media and try to connect with them that way.

If they have come to your blog and leave a valuable comment, you could even email them directly with a thank you note.

The ways you can connect with people and build relationships with them is endless, but here is a start for you.



Doing business today is different than it was 10 or even 5 years ago.

Mentalities have changed, grown and evolved. The way we do business needs to adapt to that.

Business evolves with people.

Look at the way they used to make movies 50 years ago, for example, do you think if they made movies the same way today it would still work for the motion picture industry?

My guess is probably not. Because the public has evolved over time.

Today the public demands more realistic movies, so the industry has adapted with the demand. Look at the quality of movies today!

But remember that internet marketing changes much more rapidly than movie making does.

Instead of decades we’re talking more like  year to year changes that we need to adapt to in order to stay on top.

So, what used to work only 5 or 4 years back doesn’t necessarily work today.

Keep that in mind and get a clue about how to promote your business today. Start by applying my tips here.


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5 Tell-Tale Signs That You Are A True Leader Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:32:00 +0000   Leadership is practiced no so much in words as in attitude and in actions – Harold S. Geneen Back in 2009 I wrote...

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Leadership is practiced no so much in words as in attitude and in actions – Harold S. Geneen

Back in 2009 I wrote a short article about leadership, and to this day it’s one of my most read articles with thousands of views, even though you would think it would be buried by now.

This goes to show that people are looking for information about leadership and tips on how to become better leaders.

So today, I thought that I’ll write a brand new article (a much better one) on my own site, about what it takes to be a true leader.

Not everyone can be a leader, because it takes something that not every single human being possesses, or should I say not everyone will be willing to develop.

But at least, anyone can become a good follower and learn from good leaders, to improve no matter what.

But if you are an Entrepreneur, if you own any kind of business, however, it’s a MUST that you strive to develop some solid leadership skills, because the success of your business depends on it.


Why Entrepreneurs Need to be Leaders

I guess asking why an entrepreneur needs to be a leader it’s a bit like asking why it would be useful to you to speak Chinese if you were to live in China.

If you can’t speak the language of the country you live in, your reach, your ability to do things (anything) would be quite limited, wouldn’t it?

If you are an entrepreneur with no or little leadership skills, how can you expect your business to grow in any way?

Leadership skills are vital for business owners.

Leadership skills will…

  • Help your business grow and thrive
  • Help you to be popular and respected in your niche/market/field
  • Help you be a better “boss” whether or not you have employees working for you
  • Help you be a better guide/helper/adviser to your clients or customers
  • Help you attract more business, thus more money in your pocket


What is a True Leader?

A true leader is one humble enough to admit their mistakes – Unknown Author

True leaders have a strong self-confidence and knowledge in their own field. They are not scared or shy to use the word “expert” because they know that they are expert at what they do.

But they are strong enough to be humble about it though. If you’re starting to have the “big head” it’s a strong sign that you’re not a leader. True leaders don’t have the “big head” but rather keep on learning from others, and are willing to follow good advice.

It’s not because you have already succeeded that you know it all and don’t have anything to learn from others.

As a matter of fact, even a successful leader could still learn from someone less successful then them. So open your eyes and don’t be so full of yourself.

Being humble is the start of any great leadership (that could be tweeted)!

How I Learned from a Bird

A couple of weeks ago I learned something watching a magpie. I knew I was going to use this in one of my articles, but didn’t know where yet.

A magpie is a Eurasian bird that lives in Europe, Asia and North Africa. It’s about the size of pigeon but much slender and prettier. Its color is black, white and navy/greenish blue. It’s a beautiful bird.  The magpie is also very famous to be a thief birds because it likes to grab shining things to decorate its nest.

I was so thrilled to see magpies again as I realized that I had completely forgotten about them after all these years in the US.

If you’ve never left the US, chances are you’ve never seen a magpie, but here in the UK as well as in France they are very common.

So, a couple weeks ago, as I was looking through the kitchen window, I saw this magpie with an enormous twig in her beck. That thing was about twice her length and rather thick.

So, even tough for us that twig would have been weightless, for that bird it was like you or me carrying a 25 pound piece of wood on your our shoulders.

However, that magpie was determined to carry that all the way up to her nest.

So she came up with a strategy.

She managed to fly one bit at the time making 3 stops, while each stop brought her higher and closer to her nest.

Guess what happened?

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She made it!

She flew from the ground to a pile of wood logs. Then from there the roof of a garden shed, and from there to the top of the tree where she had laid her nest.

It’s amazing how much you can learn by watching nature. It teaches you simple things, yet things that we often forget to follow.

You see, that magpie reminded me how a big and seemingly impossible task, becomes so much more manageable when taken one step at the time.

That bird would have never managed that trip successfully from the ground to her nest in one shot, because her balance was seriously challenged by the weight of that enormous twig. She would have been brought down or would have had to drop the twig and give up on it.

Instead,  by dividing up what would have been an impossible journey, flying closer and closer to her nest with a shorter bits of flights – difficult yet manageable flights – she made it to her destination.

I applauded her from the other side of my window for her bravery and for the lesson she had just taught me.

This is a lesson that any blogger, entrepreneur, business owner, boss or even employee can learn from and apply as they need to manage difficult tasks.

Always be on the lookout and learn.


How to Become a True Leader

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others – John Maxwell

1 – Be a Follower

Before you’re able to become a true leader, you have to be a good follower.

Just read the biography of any good leader or entrepreneur (past or present), and you’ll see that before becoming who they are or were, they were first and foremost followers. Which means that they were humble enough to learn from someone else.

Tony Robin likes to tell how he started reading dozens of biographies from successful people to find out what was the secret to their success. That’s how he started. Sitting in libraries and reading about successful people.

Most personal development coaches, if not all, have read the book “Think and Grow Rich” and other classics of the personal development field. Not to mention the ton of modern personal development books they’ve read as well.

What about you?

Bottom line, if you want to be a leader, you have to start somewhere. Learning from those who are where you want to be is an excellent start.

If you haven’t done that yet, ask yourself why.

2 – Be Humble

There is nothing worse than people who are becoming a bit successful and are already what we call “having the big head.”

Personally nothing turns me off more than people who I feel are thinking too much of themselves.

It really spoils it for me.

As I’m writing this, I can’t help but thinking of a couple of bloggers I know who have shown signs of this happening to them, and that makes me sad.

Please, don’t be one of those who get carried away by little or even big successes. Success is not something you OWN, it’s something you earn, thus something you could lose as well. People who let arrogance get the best of them due to their success make very poor leaders.

3 – Develop Character

True leaders are the opposite of the ones who have the “big head.” They are actually people who have developed some character.

They are humble, approachable, agreeable, and easy to talk to.

People are drawn to them, and want to learn from them. They are not showing off trying get attention to them, and they don’t make you feel that you are lesser than them.

Develop the right kind of character and people will want to follow you as a leader.

4 – Never Stop Learning and Improving

Even when you have reached a position of leadership, your work doesn’t end there.

As a leader you should always strive for more knowledge and for improvement. There’s always room for more, no matter who you are and what you’ve achieved.

As a business owner, and online or offline entrepreneur, you need to keep learning in order to improve your skills and your business, because the day you start becoming idle is the day your business starts declining.

5 – Develop a Love for Helping others

No matter what business you’re in, there is that one thing that will make you better than anyone else, and that’s certainly not “having the big head,” but rather a love for helping others.

Don’t be that one person that people will know you by “not helping” when they need you or when they ask you for a simple favor.

Don’t you know people like that?

You’ve never asked them any favor before, and the day you ask them for a simple referral, they turn you down.

Don’t be that guy. Because if you are that guy, even if no one tells you anything to your face, they will have labeled you in their mind, and that my friends it’s worst than anything.

People that have that impression about you will never refer you either, never mention you as an example to follow, and most of all they’ll have a pretty negative feeling about you. A great recipe for bad business.

How much better it is when people want to tell the world about you and your business because you’ve helped them in one way or another!

It could be an article you’ve written, and email you sent them, a question you answered for them, a small favor you gave them when they asked… It doesn’t have to be big, it’s usually is the little things that will make or brake you.

So, don’t fool yourself because you’re not fooling anybody.

What you do when it comes to help other people defines your character.

What is yours?

OK, enough said. It’s your turn now. Leave your insights on this subject in the comment area below!
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Is It Safe To Travel Europe On Your Own? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:52:11 +0000 Is is safe to travel Europe on my own? As I was searching Google to see if some people had actually asked this very...

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Is is safe to travel Europe on my own?

As I was searching Google to see if some people had actually asked this very question, I found an interesting one that goes like this:

Ok so I am a 26 year old woman from Bolivia and I was supposed to travel through Europe for 2 months with my best friend, but last week she told me she was not going to be able to go and I don’t know what to do. I really want to travel and I have been waiting to do it for a long time but on the other hand I am so scared of the thought of going alone that I find myself considering backing out of the whole trip. I have a lot of friends and some family in different places in Europe but still the idea of getting lost or robbed or well many things paralyzes me with fear. i really need some help and insight on travelling alone. The only time I’ve been out of Bolivia was to Argentina for 10 days and I stayed with family so I am really inexperienced. HELP.

This poor young lady is not even aware that her fears may actually attract all that she fears, and I’d love to coach her as she really sounds like she needs help.  But I digress. This the not exactly our topic today.

I bet many young females feel the exact same way.

So if this is you, let me give you some advice that should be helpful to you or someone you know.

As I took a tour from Dublin, to visit the country side of Ireland, a couple of weeks ago, I met two adventurous ladies like me. One was in her early twenties from Vancouver, and the other in her mid-forties from France.

Both, like me, were traveling alone.

And by the way, they are NOT the only two lone travelers I’ve met on this trip. I met more than I care to count by now, but let me take them as an example, since they are the two people I’ve got to speak to the most.

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The younger one from Vancouver was telling us how some people she knew back in Vancouver told her “haven’t you seen the movie Taken?” And the French one said while laughing, “yes, I’ve seen Taken 2 and Taken 3 too.”

And we all laughed in unison.

There will always be some people, even as well intentioned as they may seem to be, that will try to scar the crap out of you.

For the most part, it’s because those people are only speaking up their own fears trying to convey them to you.

But here is a question for you.

Do you drive?

If you do, let me tell you that you are way, way more at the mercy of danger by simply driving 70 miles an hour on a highway, than you’ll ever be traveling alone in a civilized country. Yet, I bet that you do drive at 70 or 80 miles an hour on a highway on a regular basis, don’t you?

What have I realized, especially because I’m also a life coach and used to analyze people’s emotions, it’s that what people are afraid of is not necessarily what really IS dangerous, it’s what they’re not used to do. What’s unknown and foreign to them.

So, before you decide that traveling alone is dangerous, ask yourself the following questions:

–  Do I feel that traveling alone is dangerous because the concept is new to me?

– Do I do things that could be considered dangerous but don’t see them that way because I’m used to them?

Good questions to ask yourself before you speak your fears to someone else.  Don’t you think?


Traveling Alone is Not as Dangerous as you Think

  • Thousands of people travel alone

If you sit on a plane and just take a few minutes to look around, you will notice that many of the people you see are just like you, traveling alone, for one reason or another. People travel alone every single day everywhere.

  • It doesn’t make any difference if you’re walking around in your own city alone or if you walking about in a foreign city alone. I can’t see any reason why it would be more dangerous in one way or the other. Unless you are in a dangerous country where you life could be in danger just by being there.
  • As a healthy adult you should be able to live on you own at any time, traveling or not. what would you do if one you day you found yourself alone?
  • Traveling alone builds character and strength, more than dangers.
  • If you can’t travel alone, what makes you different than a child? Get some balls, you’re a big girl or boy now.
  • Don’t let the fear be the danger more than they travel is.

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5 Benefits of Traveling Alone

1- You can see and do what you want when you want

You are the captain of your ship. You are the decider and the doer, and you have no one to tell you no.

One of the top benefits that those ladies I met in Ireland mentioned about traveling alone, was that they could go or do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.

They mentioned how annoying it could be when you’re traveling with people who can’t seem to agree on where to go and what to do next.

I agree that’s pretty annoying.

When traveling alone, embrace that and enjoy your freedom to the full.

2- Better opportunities to live cheap

Now, if you wanted to have a whole apartment for yourself for free, it would be much harder if you had to do this with a friend and pretty impossible if you had more than a friend with you.

House sitting opportunities, for example, are much easier to find as a single person than two or more.

3- It will help you grow

If you want to grow as a person, I can’t think of too many better ways than traveling alone.

Traveling alone makes you strong, daring, and helps you to open up.

It helps you to learn more about yourself too.

One the challenges that I have imposed on myself during this trip, was to engage conversations with strangers, which is not the most natural thing for me, but I’ve done it many times during these pasts few weeks in Europe, and I’m really loving it.

A great challenge to take advantage of if you’re traveling alone. One you’ll probably never try if you’re traveling with someone else.

4 – You can use this traveling time alone for reflection

You’ll have much more time to reflect on what you see, learn and discover while traveling alone, because there will be no chatter in the background, only you and your discoveries. Your adventures.

I’ve used my traveling alone to meditate on things quite a bit.

If you’re a writer like me, it will be invaluable for your writing.

6- Much safer than you think

As long as you use the same safety common sense that you would use at home, traveling alone will be the same thing as being alone in your own town or city.

As for me, I feel that Western Europe is actually safer than America.

For example, I had never heard the term “serial killer” before I move to the US.  That’s just not something very common in Europe.

Sure, Europe is the birth place of people like Hitler, but you know what I mean, right?

We don’t even have a translation for that term in French, so we use “serial killer.” That alone says a lot.

When I walk around here, I feel pretty safe, and I wouldn’t write it if I didn’t feel it.

As long as you are in a civilized decent country such as any countries of Western Europe, I can’t see why you should be afraid.

If you live in the US, you are not, by any mean safer.



If you are single. If you’re living alone, don’t take that as an excuse not to travel. Traveling alone has so many benefits.

Try it!

I recommend it!

It’s amazing!

In the meantime, let me know what you think.

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Why Does My Life Suck And How Can I Change It Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:24:15 +0000 What story have you been telling to yourself all these years? Do you know that the story that you’ve been telling to yourself is...

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My Life Suck How Can I Change It

What story have you been telling to yourself all these years?

Do you know that the story that you’ve been telling to yourself is the story that unfolds before you very eyes?

I haven’t always known that, but if I had, my life would have been different in many regards.

If the majority of people only started to understand this, there is no way that they’ll intentionally keep doing what they are doing.

The major problem I see though, is that people have no idea that this is what’s happening to them.

Looking back at my childhood, with the knowledge I’ve acquired at this point, I can’t help thinking about my mother.

I can recall every single thing she used to say all the time, and how it just happened to be in her life sooner or later.

It was true for both the positive as well as the negative events in her life.

You see, the law of attraction makes no distinction.

The law of attraction doesn’t care if you are good, bad or indifferent.

If you jump off from a cliff, does the law of gravity won’t hold up if you’re a good person, now will it?

Well, it’s the same thing with all laws of this universe, and the law of attraction included.


God will Reward me if I’m Good Right?

Do all bad people pay for what they do?

Do all good people have a great life?

My mother was THE most giving person I’ve ever met on this planet, yet she died from the most horrible diseases that eats up your brain until you don’t recognize yourself, also called as Alzheimer.

On the other hand, I know of one person who is a crook, a liar, violent, and even a smoker to top it all, and yet he’s perfectly fine and healthy, even making more money now than he had been in a long while, because he used to be wealthy in the past and his subconscious wealthy mind just caught back with him, as it’s usually the case with the subconscious mind.

Some good people don’t end up so great, while some rotten ones live and die in bliss.

Do you have a conflict here?

I mean, if all you do is believe in God without any other understanding of your environment, then you should hit yourself against the walls in confusion, don’t you?

I know for me, if all I understood today is that “there is a God punishing bad people and rewarding good ones” I would be quite confused to say the least.

Please, let me know what you think about that in your comments, but before you do, keep reading.


God Gives you Choices

As long as we are alive and breathing, God gives us choices.

That’s why you could go any direction you wanted and you would be getting the results that you have sown.

The truth of the matter is that there are universal laws that work for any human being, no matter where they are located on this planet and no matter who they call “God.”

That’s why the law of attraction works for everyone and anyone, no matter what.

The same way that the law of gravity is the same for everyone and anyone. Or the fact that if you eat something poisonous it will affect your body whomever you are, regardless of the fact that you’re good, bad or else.


You are Making your Own Life Story

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the story you’ve been telling yourself.

What story have you been telling yourself?

Think about it for a few minutes and tell me that it doesn’t match your life right now, or ever.


If you are honest with yourself, I’m pretty sure that you would admit that what you’ve been telling to yourself over and over every day, week, month and year, has shaped your life and made it what it is today.

Granted, there is that subconscious mind factor that comes into play, but as I’ve written many times before, there are tools and your own conscious mind that you can use to reprogram your subconscious mind.

It’s possible.

I’ve done it, and you can do it too.

So what is your story?

The story you’ve been telling yourself translates in the quality of your life, or the lack thereof.

Any time I want to test the law of attraction, it’s very easy for me, all I have to do is look at my past and even at my close family’s past, and it becomes so obvious to me.

Every corner I’d look, I would see evidenced of the law of attraction, and I’m no longer surprised or asking myself questions about the results that I’ve gotten in the past.

I’ve only gotten what I had been attracting according to the story I was telling myself all the time.

  • If you keep telling yourself the story of being unlucky, you will
  • If you keep telling yourself the story of being broke, you will
  • If you keep telling yourself the story of being unhealthy, you will
  • If you keep relieving all your bad experiences, you will keep on getting negative experiences

You will, because it’s law.

Once you get that, you’ve already made a gigantic step towards recovery.  Some people never even get to that point, you know.

But the next question you’re probably asking is how do I change my story?

You may even wonder if it’s at all possible to do so.

Relax, and keep reading, because, yes, it’s possible to change your story and get different results. Good, positive results from this day forward.


How to Rewrite Your Story

Frist off, I want to let you know, that if you are serious at rewriting your story, but feel like you could use some help in order to do so, I can help.

I’m only an email away, and I give a free introductory consultation to anyone that thinks enough of themselves to give me 30 minutes of their time.

Why coaching is always better than applying the advice on a blog post?

Well, it’s the same as reading a recipe and making the dish, or having it cooked for you in a restaurant.

You may or may not be successful at cooking your dish depending on several different factors:

  • Do you have all the ingredients you need?
  • Do you have a scale to measure the ingredients?
  • Do you have a good working oven or stove?
  • Will you follow the recipe exactly as it’s given to you?
  • Will you put the time an effort?
  • Will you not forget your dish in the over and burn it?

You get my point here, don’t you?

It’s pretty much the same thing with a success recipe on a blog post and you following it or not.

So, if you get that, here is my recipe to help you rewrite your story.


1 – Become Aware

You can’t fix what you can’t see.

This might sound very basic to you, but the number one reason why most people don’t repair their broken life is because they are not even aware it’s broken.

By that I mean that whatever situation they’re in, as bad as it may be, they don’t believe that they can do anything about it, and most of all they don’t believe that they are responsible for it in any way.

Well, I’ve got some news for you.

Whether you know it or not, you are greatly responsible for the life that you are living right now.

But that’s good news, because if you are responsible it means that you can fix it.


2 – Be Open Minded

Being open minded is a MUST for anyone who wants to change his or her life.

Nothing will change if you’re not open minded to start with.


3 – Be Willing to Take Responsibility

Here again, there’s no hope of any change happening at all, if you don’t accept responsibilities even if what has happened to you happened by default.

Accept that you are the one that has the power to change such default just like a computer programmer has the power to change the default programming of a computer.


4 – Write down your New Story

Write down your new story.

For example, you could write down where, what, and how you want to be in 5 years from now.

Write it down with as many details as you can think off. Add details as they come to mind.


5 – Meditate

Use meditation tools or meditate on your own, each day for about 15 minutes at about the same time.

Use this meditation to raise your vibrations, and fill yourself with positive thoughts and emotions.


6 – Whatch your thoughts on an Hourly Basis

Get into the habit of watching your thoughts and let go of negative ones, but without forcing them, just release them.

Let them go, softly and calmly.


7 – Subscribe to my eCourse for More Details

For any questions and comments, please, use the comment area below!

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How To Engage And Build Trust With Your Audience Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:50:11 +0000     Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to my second Monday of the week guest post by someone I met a...

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engage and build trust with audience

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to my second Monday of the week guest post by someone I met a couple years ago, and whom has improved his blogging skills tremendously.

So my guess is that if you follow his advice, you could too.

Here is my special guest quote for him…

Take a blogger who has understood what blogging is all about and improved 100% over the past couple of years, and you get Sherman Smith.

First off, I like to very much thank Sylviane Nuccio for giving me the opportunity to be her guest for this week. 

Now I like to ask…

Do you get jealous when your blogging peers talk about how they increased their email subscriber rate?

You’ve been working hard on your blog for the past couple of years struggling to get at least one a week, but yet your blogging peers tend to run right past you in signups within a short time! The nerve of them, right?

Well instead of focusing on their success, why not figure out why you’re struggling? Well, as you already know, where there are problems, there are also solutions. And one solution I will talk about is using some NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques to get into the minds of your readers, put them in suspense, and give them an enticing, but yet selfish reason why they’d want to opt into your email list. 

When it comes to increasing any type of traffic or subscribers, one vital action you want to hone is to learn how to connect well with people.

If you’re an extrovert you may find this quite easy, but if you’re an introvert like myself then this may be a bit of a challenge.

But one thing is for sure, and that it’s not impossible to accomplish this feat.

Since I started my first home business, I always wondered about the psychology behind connecting with people.

  • How do you build rapport?
  • What attracts people to you?
  • What words are used to instantly engage others?

One of the techniques that you want to incorporate into your arsenal of strategies is NLP. Once you make this a habit of practice you’ll improve your connection with your target audience.

But many of you have never heard of NLP. Well let me give you a brief definition


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What is NLP Anyways?

Different words mean different things to different people. A lot of it has to do with the culture you were brought up in, the language spoken, the way you grew up, and many other factors.

Sometimes I find it funny how one word can mean two different things to different people. Like for instance, the word ‘bad’ could also mean something good.

This brings us to this thing called context where the same word can mean different things depending on how you use it.

I can say:

It was really bad etiquette for you to burp in front of everyone.


Man, that song was so bad I think I’m going to go ahead and download it.

If you can tell, one is in its original context, versus the second one is used as a slang term meaning ‘good’ or ‘awesome’.

But in terms of NLP there are many definitions

So what I’m going to do is give you my own, more simplified, definition of what NLP is.

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a way of how we communicate with ourselves and others through the use of different words in their context to produce a certain behavior

When it comes to marketing and sales through the use of blogging, using the strategies of NLP will definitely help you produce more of the responses you want from your target audience.

Tapping into the emotions of your audience and future customers is the gateway of getting more sales. A great example of tapping into emotions and getting their attention is by using Power Words.

Power Words are the engine that drives copywriting. They grab the attention of your target audience and gets them to take action by making a bridge to their emotions.

On the blog post 5 Common Power Words You Need To Instantly Put Your Blog Audience To Action I go into detail of what these 5 Common Power Words are and how you can use them in your blog and ads.

In NLP you’ll see these words being put to use in a way to instantly engage yourself as well as others.

When it comes to your blog, there are certain strategies under the NLP umbrella that you may find helpful to better communicate and engage your audience.


4 Methods To Better Communicate And Engage Your Blog Audience

When it comes to writing for your target audience, you’ll want to write your emails and blog posts in a way that aligns with the way your audience thinks.

Think about when you read other blogs and emails.

What frame of mind are you in when it comes to these two medias?

  • Does the title conjure something inside of you that makes you want to read?
  • Does the content reel you in more and more the further you read?
  • Do you ever skip to a section, get an incomplete answer, then go back to read word for word to get the full answer?
  • Do you ever just get part of an answer that fulfills a problem that’s been irking you for a long time, and you rush to pay for the product or service?

When you think about it, these are hypnotic techniques that are being used on you each time you read an engaging article or email, all falling under the principles of NLP.

So let’s go into 4 powerful, hypnotic, engaging communication methods that you can start implementing into your content!


Using Open Loops For Completion

Don’t you love a good TV Series where at the end of the program it keeps you in suspense and make you look forward for next week’s episode?

Soap Operas are known for doing this quite well.

Although I don’t watch a lot of TV, one series I started to watch was Boardwalk Empire. I love the little twists and turns on this program.

You never know what’s going to happen, and it conjures some ideas of what could happen. But in order to find out, you look forward to the next episode to get the answer.

This is what Open Loops are about. As humans, we naturally look for completion. Whenever we get half of the story, or partial answers, we won’t be satisfied until we get the full scoop of it all.

When you write your copy whether it be headlines, subtitle, opt ins, or emails, you want to keep your audience in suspense.

Here’s an Opt in Example:

Sign Up For The Tricks Of The Trade In Generating Traffic. You’ll Learn:

  • Why you’re not generating traffic
  • How To Engage Your Audience
  • 5 Methods That Attracts Visitors
  • Why all traffic isn’t good traffic
  • How To Build A Loyal Following

So when it comes to Open Loops keeping your audience in suspense is the key. You want to conjure enough curiosity for them to come to your site, find the answers, and pay for the products that you promote that will relieve them of the problems they’re constantly facing.


Get Your Audience To Think Positive Through Positive Presuppositions

When it comes to getting your audience to think about the future, then using Positive Presuppositions will give them some direction.

Have you ever experience a customer who sits on the fence and just can’t make a decision buy?

How about if you give them a little nudge?

Give them something to think about as if they already have it in the palm of their hands.

With Positive Presupposition you can ask them what they would do if they already had it in the palms of their hands. With this method, just like with Open Loops, you get them to focus about the first part of a question or statement, and complete the second part of the question where they’ll take it as fact.

For example:

What will you do (first part) with 7,000 targeted visitors coming to your blog every month (second part)?

The first part will force your readers to think about themselves, while the second part will get them to think as if they’re already generating 7,000 visitors/month to their blog.

Once you get their attention with these types of questions and statements, you can lead them into the topic or whatever it is you’re promoting.


Show Your Audience What All They’ll Get through Reframing

How many times have you seen a training course that you really wanted, but you’ve already decided that it’s going to be outside of your budget because of all the features it contains?

But to your surprise that so-called $5,000 item with all the bells and whistles will only cost you $500 bucks for a limited of time.

For example:

Are you struggling with SEO? What if I told you that I can send you a 4 week course that goes into detail of all the secrets you need to increase your organic traffic?

How much do you think it will cost you? $10K, $7,500? $5,000? $4,000

If you’re thinking this, you’re not even close!

As of right now, I’ll show you these SEO secrets which took me 5 years of struggle and $10K later for only $500 which will last up until Halloween of this year!

Yes I did all the work for you so you don’t have to put in 5 years of your life and a big dent in your wallet. This is a beneficial investment that’ll make your blog soar to great new heights!

In this example, I took you from the assumption of learning the secrets of SEO Course with an outrageous price to a very affordable price where all the SEO work as far as research is already done for you.

This is how Reframing works. It takes you from thinking negatively to showing a great option(s) that will work for you.


Lead Your Visitors To Become Subscribers With Future Pacing

In life there’s always that inner something that hold us back from taking action. You become quite hesitant because you’re just not too sure if it’s going to set you back financially or that you may not be successful at a particular action.

For me it was blogging! The reason why is because I was horrible with English when I was in school. Anything that had to do with writing and public speaking I sucked at and my grades showed for it.

When it comes to your visitors and subscribers, there’s probably something intervening from them taking the specific action steps to fulfill a specific goal.

This is where Future Pacing helps!

You can use this method to guide your visitors to become subscribers, and even guide your subscribers to become customers. You use Future Pacing to lead your visitors and subscribers to the future with positive expectations with reinforcements.

So in a sense it’s using Positive Presupposition with reinforcements

Here’s a great example of how to increase your subscribers using Future Pacing:

  • The reason why you came to this blog post was that you were looking for answers.
  • I provided you with 7 simple steps to generate traffic
  • Now you want to convert your visitors into subscribers
  • If you want to learn the 10 step process of converting your visitors into subscribers then sign up below and download your eBook copy

With Future Pacing you can use this similar Call-To-Action (CTA) at the end of each of your blog posts.

So when it comes to your visitors, you want to give them the idea that it’s already possible that they can achieve a specific goal and guide them through your content with Future Pacing so that it can materialize.
And once they develop that strong trust in you they’ll become your loyal advocates. When this happens the sales process will become much easier as a result of the strong connection with them you developed!


Now It’s Your Turn!

How are you building rapport with your blog visitors?

Are you using any of the NLP methods here I mentioned? Are there other methods that you’re using to build a stronger connection with them?

If so, what other methods do you use and suggest?

Are any of these methods new to you? Have you been unknowingly using these methods within your content?

Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!


In Conclusion

NLP helps to improve your relationship with your audience. Incorporating the techniques of Open Loops, Positive Presupposition, Reframing and Future Pacing are powerful enough to do this as well as to get your visitors to take action.

These are great copywriting skills that you definitely want to hone. With the use of Power Words which I mentioned earlier will give these methods an extra boost.

The relationship that you build with your target audience is crucial. Being able to show how competent you are lays out the foundation of getting them to know, like and trust you.

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Procrastinate In Order To Bcome More Productive Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:21:45 +0000   While I have a limited time to be online for this week, How glad I was that Mat Veni offered me to write...

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While I have a limited time to be online for this week, How glad I was that Mat Veni offered me to write a post for my personal development category.  He is going to talk about procrastination, so that’s a topic that you might be interested in.

Take it away, Mat…

But you won’t read this right now, cause you can later, right? That is called procrastination. I’m not against it and I’m not writing about eliminating all distractions. As probably all of us I do procrastinate and I’ll even tomorrow.

Knowing to have a little relaxation or boredom is grateful for our brains. They need to be in balance and need to have a time to rest and a time to work out. Just imagine how easier can be making decision when you are fresh and clean minded.

Probably to all of us happen that we soon find ourselves avoiding big scale tasks. Especially we like to avoid doing what we are not used to, or we know it will take a long time to accomplish. We pour more oil when we don’t prefer that tasks or even if we have bad experience working on them.

We can cure most of that. But still take some breaks and time for distractions so that mind will become clear and ready to take fresh decisions.

I deal with this topic all the time. I can easily become too lazy to write or to go riding a bike or to hang out with friends (I can easily prefer watching TV on Friday evening).

What I don’t like is to postpone all day long. Avoiding heavy task and focusing on checking mails instead. I admit it’s far from easy to start working in an unknown area, start swimming for the first time.

Or doing something unpleasant even being aware that’s part of a great and excited challenge or project. If the task is so huge I don’t know where to start, what exactly to do and I’m not even excited about working on, then I’ll find many distractions and hope to do prioritized tasks later or tomorrow.

What do I do to keep being distracting as little as possible (and still in a healthy manner)?

The foundation here is getting the momentum. It means to warm up or stretch my mind, my brains. It’s enough a minor, micro task, something I love it just to start working. It could be enough just to talk about a project with a friend or an accountability person. Maybe look into a fridge what kind of food I have if my challenge is to bake some delicious for entire family. Or cleaning my sport shoes and not even having in my mind to go running 5 miles (what is actually the big goal today).

Do a small step by step. Just to keep momentum.

When I’ve done that the real story begins. I need to be organized or else my writing never…

In short I focus on next steps:


  1. I Need to Find out what Motivates me

If I like to reach a goal, let’s say finish a book, but I’m not motivated to sit and type for few hours a day, I have serious problems. Of course I may avoid writing and never reach this dream, but If I truly want to, than I need to find incentives that can help me.

I often find this kind of obstacles when I walk through a huge challenge. For instance I can love writing books and love to publish them and connect with publisher but I don’t like a promotions obligations. Well, I need to solve this, cause promotion is part of publishing any kind of stuff.

In this case I use simple reminders:

  • Stickers (colored). In the past I became overloaded with stickers so I limited them to avoid losing main stream.
  • They are simple and quick to read. Powerful enough to remind me on where I want to go… to the town not called no-where.
  • I could use a friend or community or VA (virtual assistant) or accountability person, but I don’t or rarely do. It’s however great ‘method’ to share problems and remind each other. Someone else might have a solution for what you couldn’t even dream of. Or at least it helps you to kick your tasks forward. If you prefer do it on your own than you can still use a public place that helps you at e.g. writing a post / book…


  1. Setting Goals and Deadlines

I know this sounds a little stressful. My way doesn’t prefer setting goals. I rather do what excites me and when excites me. But sometimes and for some bigger challenges goals are highly recommended and helpful. Especially where project is enormous and we can easily get lost.

My problem is still the deadline. It might be something in that word. However I find myself many times to push the deadline, mostly because many inevitable tasks appear during project. It helps if I get some external deadlines (but the stress increases). Deadlines are important cause they put my project in motion.


  1. Reward, Celebrate

I love to imagine or visualize the accomplished mission, e.g. my fresh novel on a shelf or reaching 10.000 fans on any social media. But that sounds more like a motivation than a reward.

The idea is to come up with small indulgences for hitting those milestones. For instance a new sofa that helps me to write more comfortable, or a fancy pen (for the time when I don’t like to type on keyboard but on plain paper). The reward could also be a simple celebration with close friends or coworkers in way we all prefer.


  1. Have a Partner

 How important is this?

First, it’s easier not to work alone. That doesn’t mean I can’t create a business alone. A partner could be virtual assistant or accountability partner. Someone I can share my obstacles, my challenges and what’s holding me back.

In the past I found myself having difficulties with partnering. What I did was nothing new. I continued doing project on my own until I could partner with others. But how?

I started to write down tasks, thoughts, smart and stupid never ending ideas etc. I posted it all over my place, on table, closet, fridge, screen, practically everywhere. My bag was always full of small paper. That’s how I started. And most of the time it worked.

Then one day I needed to organize as I found it difficult to follow and even more difficult to setup ideas that belong together.

I started to use a notebook and fill it with hundreds of incentives that help my projects to move on.

That’s my non-arguing partner. Says nothing, helps a lot.

Easy, cheap, handy and old fashioned. Probably it’s not nice for someone used to live with apps. I used both, but prefer analog way.

There are some great ways how to increase productivity with special techniques used in analog notebook.

One I like is ‘bullet journal’ (take a look on web). It’s cheap and it works.

Another one I designed myself cause I needed more incentives pre-designed (included in notebook) and I needed more reminders (like ribbons, tracking page, reminder box). It’s cheap but it needs more effort to DIY.

How do you ‘fight’ against never ending procrastination?

You can also learn from creators manual what the benefits are and how to do journal by yourself.

Please, leave your comments down below.


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My Live Insights About Life In Scotland Fri, 29 May 2015 14:11:49 +0000 I’m having the time of my life in Scotland. In 3 words – I love it – except for the weather maybe. However, I...

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Live Insights Of Scotland Life

I’m having the time of my life in Scotland.

In 3 words – I love it – except for the weather maybe.

However, I can’t complain too much,  as I have had plenty of sunshine every time I went on a big day trip.

I had the pleasure of visiting some very cool places such as:

  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh (the capital)
  • Luss
  • Balmaha
  • Balloch
  • Gourock
  • Stirling
  • Loch Lomond

Not bad for someone who’s trying to keep up with her blog writing and her paid writing in between, don’t you think?

By now, I can say that I’ve learned my way around Scotland and that I’m pretty much mastering those train lines.

The first time I took the train to go downtown Glasgow, I had totally forgotten the name of my own station, but thankfully I had noticed the name of the following station, so that’s how I was able to get back home.

However, I didn’t worry.

I never worry about these things.

I’m a big girl, and I would have found my way back home anyways.

I love traveling, because it makes you street smart, it makes you strong and it makes you more complete.

The funny thing is that I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one traveling alone. I met a few people like me in my journey in Scotland so far.

Of course, you might have guessed it, if you don’t know me yet, I’m a very independent person.  I can openly and truthfully say that I have not needed anyone for anything in years.

I didn’t plan on that, and I’m not bragging, but I think that life had that planned for me, so that makes me the best coach ever!

The things that some people like to say with the lips such as, “happiness is an inside job,” or “you have to be strong,” and so forth…? Well, I live that.

This is my life.

If I didn’t find my strength and happiness from the inside, I’d be gone by now, either mentally or physically.

Well, maybe that would be OK too, but I’m here, strong, successful, free, and enjoying my travels.

Wow, I haven’t said any of that in a long, long time on a blog post, now have I?

So, after that long introduction, are you ready for some fun now?

Here are few insights from Scotland.


The Days are Literally Very Long

Insights from Scotland


It’s day light from about 4:00 AM until about 11 PM right now, late May.

Yep, the summer days are LONG in this part of the world

Now, I remember in France around mid-June to mid-July it’s also day light from 4:00 AM to about 10 – 10:30 PM, but here it’s even longer.

This is only late May and last night it was 11:00 PM when night started to really fall.

(for those who don’t know it, above the equator, the longest day of the year is June 21. It’s called summer solstice. So, the longest days of the year  are from around Mid May to around mid-July.  The way the earth is is tilted toward the sun creates longest day light in the north than the south).

So, in the morning, I’m awaken by a bright sun that’s trying to pierce the shades, and it feels like it’s 8 O’clock already, but it’s only  5:30 AM. Gosh, that’s so funny to me.

When I left the US only 2 weeks ago, the day light was barely up at 6 AM and the sun wasn’t even up yet.

That’s one of the cool features of Scotland.


The Weather is Something you’ve got to Live with

Insights from Scotland


In a word the weather sucks.

It’s pretty cool for being mid to late May, no doubt.

Coming from North Carolina it was a bit of shock as temperature goes. Only in the 50’s to 60’s while I left North Carolina being already in the mid 80’s.

The weather can be very unpredictable too.

Sun, rain, sun, rain, wind, less wind, more wind…

You’ve got the picture, right?

However, when the sun shine is as bright as a sun can be, and when it hits the beautiful landscapes of Scotland we forget everything and we enjoy it to the fullest.

Maybe more than usual, because we know that it won’t last long as it does under other skies.


Introduced to New Words of the English Language

Insights from Scotland

No doubt that the way of speaking a same language is always different when it crosses the Atlantic Ocean.

Since I also speak French and Spanish, I can assure you that I know what I’m talking about.

It’s the same thing when it comes to French spoken in France and when it’s spoken in Canada, or when Spanish is spoken in Spain or in Mexico.

And, yes, I have spoken too all such people.

Different accents, different words.

So here are some words and expression you won’t hear in America.

  • The sign Exist become Way out in Scotland.
  • You do get off the train, you alight from the train
  • You don’t ask for the restrooms or bathrooms but for the toilets
  • You don’t say “what would you like for dinner” but “what do you fancy for dinner”
  • When you bump into someone inadvertently, you say “soorrry.” There is much more emphasis on the o and they role the r as if they were speaking Spanish. Actually, Scottish people role the r’s pretty much all the time.
  • You don’t buy your food  “to go,” you say it’s “to take away.”
  • You don’t say it’s “for here,” you say it’s “to stay.”
  • There’s just one wee problem, means there’s just a little problem.

There are many, many others of course, but here is just a handful I’ve heard during these past 2 weeks here, in Scotland.


No Leach for Dogs

Gourock, Scotland


Scotland is dog’s heaven.

It’s seems that people don’t like to walk their dogs here, but more like walk with their dogs.

It seems to me that dogs are well trained from a young age to walk with and around their owners without a leach, especially in parks.

While I’ve seen few dogs on a leach in the streets (but not all) , I’m never seen one on a leach in parks.

It’s actually pretty interesting to watch how easy going they are wondering about left and right while following their owners, being well trained to ignore everything around them.

And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed my little live insights about life in Scotland.

Your turn now. Tell us about your own insights.


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How Do You Know What Type Of Life Coach You Need? Wed, 27 May 2015 11:07:04 +0000 That’s a good a question, isn’t it? How do you know what type of life coach you need? How do you know what life...

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That’s a good a question, isn’t it?

How do you know what type of life coach you need?

How do you know what life coach to choose?

There are many different types of life coaches out there, but how do you know what type of life coach you need for your particular case?

The truth is that you might not even really be sure, so that’s why I decided to give you some pointers in this article to help you choose the best life coach for your specific needs.

But first off, let’s define what a life coach isn’t.


A life Coach isn’t a Therapist, or a Psychiatrist

I was asked the question a couple of times.

What’s the difference between a coach and a therapist?

I thought that it was a good question, as it seems that the difference is not that obvious for people at large.

The easiest and quickest answer I would give you, if you asked me that question, is that a life coach deals with people who may be looking for help within their work, relationship and issues related to their everyday life, but they won’t help you with mental health issues.

That’s not the job of a life coach to help you with mental health issues that call for a doctor. A life coach is NOT a doctor.

If you feel that your problems have more to do with clinical mental health, then you need to consult with a specialist that deals with this type of problems.

A life coach will help mentally healthy people who feel stuck in their life, but they will not deal with serious mental issues such as depression or any other mental diseases.

Keep in mind that a life coach is a helper, not a doctor.

So, this said, your next question might be, then…


What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is someone who can help you see the world like you’ve never seen it before.

A life coach is someone that can help you embrace life in a totally different manner, by changing your mind over.

A life coach could serve you as a magnifying glass, helping you to realize what is standing between you and your issues. Between you and success.

A life coach can show you the way to a better life, more success, better relationships, more money and so on.

That’s what a life coach can do for you.


What Different Types Life Coaches are there?

Not only there are many different types of coaches, such as sport coaches or business coaches, but there are many different coaches within the life coaching field as well.

There are career coaches, relationship coaches, success coaches, energy coaches, and so on.

Within these main categories you also have more specific narrowed down niches, such as “reiki healing coaches,” “performance coaches,” “leadership coaches,” or “parenting coaches,” for example.

And that’s really just a few.

The more specific you go into your search, the more chance you’ll have to find the right coach for you.

So basically, jour job is to find out what area of your life you are needing help with.

What area of your life do you need help most with?


Matching your Personality with that of your Coach

No matter what type of coach you might think you need, it is very important that you find the perfect match for you.

There isn’t a specific recipe that you need to follow here, since why you will or won’t click with someone depends on too many invisible factors for me to tell you how you will or won’t connect with a specific coach.

Once you know the type of coach that you need, you will have to decide who is best for yourself.

Most good coaches will make themselves available for a free consultation with you to see if you are a good match for each other.

At times it could be the coach who realizes that they wouldn’t be a good fit for you, and in most cases they probably would be able to refer you to someone else.

A good coach would not pretend that they can help you if they can’t.

That doesn’t mean that they are not competent, it simply means that their field of expertise is not the best fit for you.


Something Important you Need to Know about Coaches

Not all Coaches are what I would call personal development Coaches.

So, if what you need is true personal development coaching, meaning a coach who can teach you about the law of attraction, vibrations, the subconscious mind and overall success, like I do, then be sure to pick a coach that knows about those things.

Not all success coaches have the same level of knowledge and expertise in this regards.

If you are looking more for a business coach to help you with some business related strategies, then that’s the type of coach that you should be looking for, but that doesn’t mean that they are expert about how to attract what you want, for example.

Of course, most coaches should be able to teach you about mindset, but they are different levels of it, I must say.


What can I help you with?

I can help you master this law of attraction thing that will change your life and reprogram your subconscious mind while doing it.

I can teach you to quit your job like I did and live the life of your dreams.

I can help you banish terms from your vocabulary such as:

  • Life is hard
  • You have to work hard to get what you want
  • This is my reality
  • Things can’t change from one day to the next

Because, all of  the above are actually lies.

Life doesn’t have to be hard.

You don’t have to work hard to get what you want. You just have to know what you’re doing.

Your reality is brought on by your thought pattern. So I can teach you what “reality” really means.

Things did change drastically for me in just 8 months. Believe me that really feels like from one day to the next.

Once you’ve worked with me, you won’t say any of those things anymore.

If you want my 7 actions step success email course, just fill out the form below!

If nothing else, please, leave your comments and input below!

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How To Blog For Your Business To Achieve Positive Results Mon, 25 May 2015 14:38:34 +0000 Some business owners have got the wrong impression that blogging for their business simply means to jot down anything on the blank screen, and...

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How to Blog for Business Results

Some business owners have got the wrong impression that blogging for their business simply means to jot down anything on the blank screen, and that it will do the trick to attract more customers or clients to their business.

If that’s what you’re thinking, you couldn’t be more wrong.

I can promise you that just writing “whatever” to fill the blanks will never bring you more business.

There are few basic things that you need to know and apply if you want your blogging efforts to be productive.

You want your time be worth it, right?

Actually, it doesn’t take more time to do things the right way, than it does to do them the wrong way.

So, please, read this article and learn how to blog for your business to achieve positive results.

If you’ve never thought about blogging before, it might  be time to  starts.

If you don’t know where to start, you’ve got to the right place, as I can help you.

I’m just an email away.


Educate Yourself First

The first thing you need to do if you’re new at this is to educate yourself about what blogging for business really means.

If you’ve just found this post in search of an answer, you can receive my educattional emails just by inserting your name and email address below.

Before you start writing, it’s always wise to learn about the process, so you won’t have to do the work twice – once the wrong way, and then another time the right way. Start right the first time around, and you will look like a pro right from the get go.


Be Willing to Give More of Yourself

I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying, what goes around comes around, right?

Well, it has never been truer than when it comes to write for your business. If you are willing to give value on your blog. If you’re willing to give advice and help for free first, then even more customers will be willing to give you their money for what you won’t give for free.

Yep, that’s just the way it is. If you’re not too greedy in giving, you’ll get back more and more often. You’ll get back a hundredfold.


Learn the Basics about Writing Online

When it comes to blogging, I see too many business owners ignoring some very simple online writing rules.

Unfortunately, even if you have written the best piece ever, it might never get read just because you have ignored some very simply online writing rules that will make your article more attractive, and more readable.

I’ve written extensively about many of those rules before, but here are some basic ones, again, if you’ve never heard of them…

  • Write in a conversational tone
  • Write short sentences
  • Write short paragraphs
  • Write useful material

Establish Authority

In order to establish authority, you need to apply at least the three points mentioned  above as a start. If you don’t, you probably won’t be able to establish authority at all.

In its infancy, blogging was different, but as anything in this world, things evolve and mature.

They become more complex and demanding.

That’s sort of a natural evolution of things, and blogging is no different.

I remember back in the days when I had clients who were only concerned about the minimum word count and how many keywords they could stack within that minimum word count.

This hideous process was used and re-used to death to the point that search engines, such as Google, woke up one day and started noticing that they had a lot of trashy content on their search results.

So, they started sanctioning any site that were promoting such useless content, and things started to change rapidly after that.

Bottom line, what used to work 5 years ago, doesn’t work anymore today.

This is no toddler internet age anymore. This is adult internet age and you need to act as an adult when writing for the internet today. In other words, you need to know what you’re doing.


Develop a Good Customer Service

Customer service starts BEFORE you win a customer.

You can’t give only to those who are already your clients, you need to give of your time and help to those who are still browsing around.

Here again, the rule “what goes around, comes around” applies. When potential clients or customers are looking for the best place to buy from, or to invest with,  they will pick those who are not greedy in customer service.

What does this mean for you? well, what about this:

  • Reply  to all your emails in due time
  • Answer questions willingly
  • Inform and help people as much as you can

Whatever you do, don’t ignore customer service, which would be the worst thing you could do, and a sure ticket for losing potential and current customers.


Aim for Long Term Results

Blogging online is not a quick fix result type thing, It’s a long term result achievement goal. As time goes on, your authority and popularity will grow, if you do the right thing.

When I say “the right thing” I don’t mean in your business itself. For that I hope that you know what you’re doing, and do it well.

What I mean by doing “the right thing” I mean introducing yourself to your potential customers and clients in a smart and professional way with the use of your blog.


Blogging for your Business is Worth your Time or Money

Whether you are going to spend the time to create a blog for your business and write for it on a regular basis, or whether you are going to hire someone like me to do it for you, your time and/or money will be well spent, and you’ll get back a hundred fold on your investment.

But nothing will happen unless you make a decision and start doing it now. According to the statistics 40% of companies out there use blogging, which is not bad, but that leaves over half of the companies that are losing out by not blogging.

Why are those companies losing out? Because companies that do blog have 55% more visitors to their website, than those that don’t.


Blogging will make your Website Alive

A static website, which is a site that has no valuable fresh content added to it each week, is a website that will be dead for both the search engines and potential traffic.

The days where you could build a site and expect traffic to show up are over. Companies that have a website, and publish regular content on their blog will beat you in traffic and take your potential customers or clients.

So, if there is anything that I want you to take home from this article, is this…

Create a blog if you don’t have one yet, or make sure to write regular articles for your blog if you have one already.

If you need help or have any questions, please, contact me.

If you want to learn more about blogging for your business to achieve great results, you can also subscribe to my emails.

Leave your comments below. They are always very much appreciated.

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