A Walk in the Park

I just took an afternoon walk in the park. After being indoor most of the day it felt great to get out and catch some fresh air.

As I was walking, a young mom called out to her young son, “Tommy, come on home – it’s time to eat”.

I was immediately taken back to my childhood when as a young kid my mom would call out for me and tell me to come back home before dark so I could eat dinner. Its the simple things that mean so much.

I say young Tommy is a blessed kid.

Are You Desperate?

Are you living in a state of desperation right now?

Desperation usually follows after one of 3 traumatic events occur:

  1. an important relationship ends permanently
  2. the last dollar is spent
  3. a distressing phone call is received from a health professional

Desperation takes us to a fork in the road and gives us 2 choices:

  1. Devastation
  2. Determination

Either choice is going to be very difficult.

Devastation is a dark place. This is the default choice. It can be temporary but often times is permanent.

Determination requires difficult discipline, but it inspires hope. Hope fuels passion. Passion is contagious and almost always results in some kind of mind blowing success with a team of people cheering about how glorious the experience of climbing out of the ashes of ruin.

Do not quit business pros! Choose determination. It’s hard but it’s so worth the effort.

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Day 3: Created 2 Video Tutorials and Trimmed 4 Trees #endoor

Thursdays are trash days in our neighborhood and getting the task of getting the trash to the road is my responsibility. I know what you are thinking, “how incredibly boring”.  After I left the can at the curb and turned to come back to the house I noticed our trees could sure use a good trim. I thought I would just do one and then save the rest for another day. After I started trimming, I really got into it and trimmed 3 more. They look so much better. Sadly, trimming my trees took up most of the morning and didn’t move me one inch toward finishing my podcast tutorial project. I still have more trees to trim too. They will have to wait!

This afternoon I did complete 2 more training videos for our podcast training product.

Making video tutorials is a lot more work than I had anticipated. It seems about 10 minutes of work goes into each 1 minute of a completely edited video that is ready for my future students. I have purchased video training before and now I have a new appreciation for the work that the producer put into their product to educate me.

Tomorrow morning we release another podcast episode featuring Katherine Keller. She has a courageous story and has come a long way in her entrepreneurial journey as a single mom. Lately she was asked to be a featured writer for Entrepreneur Magazine I think. I will have to listen to what she said in the podcast.

Anywhoo, I’ve completed 9 video tutorials now with about 12 more to go. I think – at least I hope – the more challenging videos are behind me. I had another one today that took me much longer than I expected.  Sometimes in the middle of a project things seem to turn from excitement to work. I have to push through to finish this product. There is a lot riding on its release to the public.

I worked from 5:00 to 5:25 today. I think I am going to take the rest of the night off. I can’t be for sure though because if I sometimes wake in the middle of the night to come down to the office to work some more.

Thanks for following my progress. I really didn’t have to much of an issue with any kind of fear today.

Talk soon.


P.S. I had lunch with Arnold and he kept trying to get me to reveal my business secrets. Arnold is a pretty good guy so what do you think? Should I give him my sales secrets?


Day 2: Uploaded a New Podcast Episode, Created 3 Video Tutorials and Kicked Fear in the Pants #endoor

Life threw me a couple of curve balls today and knocked me off my axis for a couple of hours. I took some deep breaths and got back in the saddle.

The first thing we did was upload episode #24 this morning with Dr. Steve Taubman. Man, I sure enjoyed getting to know this guy. He was very interesting. If you are reading this message you should drop everything you are doing and go to http://EntrepreneurNextDoor.net/024 and listen to this episode. Dr. Steve is great and will help you remove the mental blocks that may be holding you back. I practiced some of the things I learned from him on the episode with  him today and it had an amazing affect on me.

Sometimes you plan on a task taking a certain amount of time but then it ends up taking much more than you thought. Such was the case during one of the video tutorial I produced today. I produced a PicMonkey tutorial and it took me a while to figure out how to produce a radial gradient in PicMonkey. I’m obsessed with producing the best possible product for those who want to podcast. I felt like ditching the PicMonkey tutorial, after all, nobody would notice. Except me! So I took about 2.5 hours to figure out how to create the radial gradient graphic in PicMonkey. I’m glad I did.

Because of the extra time involved in the PicMonkey tutorial, I only finished 3 video tutorials today. So far, I’ve completed 7 tutorials. I think I will pick up pace tomorrow.

My fears are leaving me as I ONLY concentrate on product creation. With each video I create I visualize somebody in the room with me as I teach. I really want to connect with people as I train, even though this product will be a digital download.

I realize the next challenge will be establishing the website and membership platform as soon as the videos are completed. Then the true test begins as I begin to release information to the public. This is the part that makes me nervous, so I don’t think about it right now so I can get the course completed.

I kicked fear in the pants several times today.

For those of you that may be wondering what tools I am using to create my podcast course, here they are:

  • Computer: iMac 27″ retina
  • Microphone: Heil PR40
  • Camera: Built in camera on my iMac
  • Mixer: Mackie 1402
  • Processor: Behringer MDX 4600
  • Screen Capture Software: Screenflow
  • And I’m using a pop up green screen behind my office chair to give a little awesomeness to each tutorial at the beginning.

So there you have it. I began work at 5:00 a.m., took a couple hours off to be with Jan and am quitting for the day at 7:25 p.m.

This is John signing off for the day.

May you have . . .

Much Continued Success,


P.S. Talk again tomorrow.


Day 1: Completed 3 Interviews and 4 Video Tutorials and Kicked Fear in the Pants #endoor

Our day began a little later than normal today, 5:00 a.m. I woke and headed down to my home office.

Jan and I conducted 3 interviews this morning, back to back to back. It was an amazing time interviewing the following guests:

Jim Palmer, a brilliant marketing strategist. We enjoyed our time with him and learned a lot. We hope to have him back again soon. We can’t wait to broadcast his episode. – http://TheNewsletterguru.com

Michael Raanan with http://LandmarkTaxGroup.com. Michael helps entrepreneurs work their way out of difficult tax issues with the I.R.S. and state governments. He is really a sharp guy, made out of the right stuff. We would have no problem recommending him to business people who have tax issues.

Joshua Davidson with http://ChopDawg.com. This 21 year old entrepreneur began his company 5 years ago. They have done major business in that time. He has his act together with great clients and an impressive staff team.