Is “Everything But” Marketing Sabotaging Your Online Success?

It’s the number one bitch-session complaint online: “I do everything I’m supposed to do. I write blog posts, I’m on Twitter, I’m on Facebook, I’m doing everything I’m told, but I’m still not making any money online. What am I doing wrong?”

Sound familiar? You’re busting your ass for a whole lot of nothing while other people online seem to breeze by with no effort at all and lots of cash in their pockets. It’s a pain in the ass, sure, but let me ask you something:


I’m not asking if you’re an expert in your field. I’m asking if what you DO for your customers, your readers and followers right now is worth paying for. If your answer is “maybe,” this is an uncomfortable question.


When it comes to handling haters and critics, my old theater professor gave me the best advice:

“Sometimes you just have to smile and out-class the bastard.”

Best. Advice. Ever. When it comes to flamers and haters online (or, hell, real life for that matter) the best strategy is no strategy at all. Chances are good that if their comments sound stupid to you, they sound stupid to the other readers and listeners too.

Ultimate Guide to Skyrocket Productivity

If you are anything like me you don’t always manage your time to the best of your abilities. Countless times you lose your focus without even realizing it. You would be far more productive spending less time working, but getting more done within that time frame.

I could spend hours taking all sorts of career, personality quizzes like this one. I found this great website and it is my favorite “time killing” activity right now. Who doesn’t want to know the best career, right? So I wanted to be more productive and have time for things I really like.

By increasing your productivity you are freeing yourself up to do more of the activities you enjoy.

No one wants to work 24/7 only to get half as much done as someone who works less than half the time. I have put together the ultimate guide to skyrocket productivity. Follow this guide and you will have more time to do the things you love.

New Life Step 2: Goal-Setting

A couple of days ago, I was asked by a broker and realtor to come and work with them if I wanted. I hesitated, hemmed and hawed, but it just stayed in the back of my mind. I’m not unacquainted with the industry, since both my parents and my grandparents have been agents at one time, but I didn’t like what was going on in the bubble and stayed away.

This is the second step in our series on creating your life. Last time we visualized the life we want. But next, how do you get there? How do you make that life happen? It may seem trivial but the next step is setting goals. Think about what you visualized. Fill in the following blanks:

  • In my ideal life I live in ______________. (Answers may include a house, an urban setting, on a farm, all dependent on what you visualized.)
  • In my ideal life I work _______________. (Answers may include the type of job you were doing, the hours you were putting in, or even the location, such as I work in an office, I work from home, I work no more than 25 hours a week.)
  • In my ideal life I have specific people around me. They are _________________. (A family, children, friends, my dog, whatever you see.)
  • In my ideal life I choose to spend my time _________________. (If you had unlimited time and resources, what are you doing in your perfect life?)

If you answered these questions, you just set goals. Goal-setting is not complicated, it’s just the process of seeing what you want, and committing to make it a reality.

New Life Step 1: Visualization

When I was in the third grade one of the class parents was going to school to be some sort of child therapist and spoke to us about setting goals and the importance of visualization. She guided us through some exercises to help us determine the life we wanted to live so we could set goals that would have the desired end result.

Even though it was long ago, I can still see the pictures in my mind like it was yesterday. I visualized myself pulling up a long road on to a larger property with an averaged size home. My child was playing with the animals outside and I walked in the door to see my husband cooking.

I set down my bag, gave him a hug, jumped right in and helped him. I’m amazed that at such a young age I knew the importance of a deep farmhouse sink. We talked about our days, set the food out on a large picnic table outside and watched as our friends and family came driving up for a great summer dinner.

Some things have changed in my mind. My husband looks like my husband and not Christopher Reeves, and I’d rather be driving a Volkswagen Golf TDI than my childhood dream car of a Porsche 911. And sadly, when I think about the friends and family coming over to eat, my Dad who passed away is no longer among them. But the reality has not changed that much. Through visualization I learned:

How I Run A Business Entirely On My Laptop And Phone…

Hi folks,

Long time no blog =D

I know, I know.. I have been super lazy and not blogging lately at all. Before you judge me and decide to hate me forever, please let me explain. I’m a student goes to uni and runs 2 businesses. And being a student means you have assignments to conquer.

Being a last year student means you have to conquer even harder tasks…( Actually, I lied, all I seem to do is watch How I met your mother… but that’s another story =D) Not to mention running my time-consuming biz.

Hence, no time for blogging…

But now I’m on holiday now ( for 2 weeks. Hooray for holidays!) and I have heaps of time in my hands. =D …

4 Things Young Entrepreneurs Can Learn From FAST FOOD

Life is complicated. Why? Because I can go on for days about things that we THINK we hate, but can’t live without.

Fast-food is one of them. 

My beloved boyfriend and 2 awesome cousins are big fans of Mr. Ronald McDonald. They love him even more now because of the Maccas I Spy game (For aliens who live outside of planet Earth, and people who don’t live in Australia=), the rules are pretty simple, you buy, you peel and collect letters that supposedly make up the words of your prizes. Sometimes, you win instant meals too). Sound simple? Apparently not!

According to the 3 Mc Donald experts, there are only 2 letters R (which makes up the prize for C-A-R), 10 letters L (for H-O-L in ‘holiday’ and many more similar stories) in who-know-how-many Mc Donald packages across Australia.

You get my point; chances of winning BIG are extremely SMALL. …

How Bike Riding Taught Me To Succeed

I thought I was fit .

I was wrong.

Just 2 hour bike ride along Manly-one of the most beautiful beaches of Sydney, I was doomed and gasping for air.

Minus the out of breath bit, last Saturday was such a productive and fun day as I got to hang out with awesome friends, enjoyed the breath-taking view (literally) of Manly beach and figured out some business philosophies (please excuse my attempt to sound elegant and intelligent) which are applicable for my current businesses as well as the many future businesses ,that currently are ideas in our heads and plans on paper.

Remember sometimes we forget that some of the most simple things( bike riding for example) can be the ultimate source for success ( think: Newton and an apple that hit him on the head).

As I have learnt that a picture worth a thousand words, for your own entertainment, this post will contain heaps of pictures to prove my point that Australia really is a beautiful country and being Asian means you take pictures anywhere, anytimes=)

This is a list of what I learnt just by a day bike riding and I hope it will inform as well as entertain you about  some awesome lessons in businesses and in life.

The bike riding journey has really reconfirmed some of the cliché’ I believe in as an entrepreneur. They are cliché’ for a reason, because they are so true, no other belief or definition can replace them.

Let’s see what those are..

The Power of Pre-Visualization

Did you hear about the power of pre-visualization? It’s huge, whatever you want to achieve you can more easily if you use this simple technique. Want to be skinny? Close your eyes for a minute and picture yourself. How do you look? Are you fat or skinny in your mind’s eye?

Sports psychologists talk a lot about pre-visualization. Before you throw your pitch, before you shoot your free-throw, before you hit your tee shot, you visualize it first. The same idea is used in career tests used by universities, they offer potential students career tests that allow people to visualize themselves as a doctor, engineer etc.

This act of pre-visualization causes your body to believe that it’s already successfully completed the task. Through consistent practice and with a repeatable routine, athletes commonly improve their performance percentages.

As someone struggling with their lack of confidence, the ability to see yourself as an already accomplished individual will help in your overall strategy.

Don’t picture yourself as you are. Picture yourself at your ideal job and begin to get comfortable with that and use it as motivation.

Holiday, Shopping And Start-Up…

Hi guys,

It’s now nearly 1 am and I have uni plus work the day after ( or should I say today?=D) but here I am writing a new blob post. Well, this post will be short because:

a, I need sleep zzz

b, I just want to tell you a quick story with an end that you can’t even guess (or can you?=D)

OK, let my story begin!

As you all know I went to Vietnam for holiday 2 months ago ( For those who are new on the blog, YEP! I went holiday in Vietnam, BEST. TIME. EVER). So what you do when you go holiday?…

SHOP and EAT of course!

And that’s exactly what I did. ( You can check out the yummy dishes and drool over here=D)

A Post For Us – All The Pretty Girls

I have been writing a lot about start-ups, money-making, businesses…and it seems the guys are more interested in this kind of stuff more than us girls… Now it is the time I write up something more relevant to us: Pretty Dresses to wear at your wedding.

Guys, please excuse me while I indulge and share a sense of womanly moment with all my female readers.

AIN’T we lucky we are women?

WE get to appreciate the fine art of fashion embraced upon our elegant bodies. Every bride deserves to look the most stunning, to feel amazing, to be loved, not only by her groom but also be loved, be amazed by how she feels about herself.

I love the extravagant frill that makes every bride feel and look like a princess.

And that’s exactly how a wedding dress has to make you feel – like a princess. No matter how old you are, no matter where you are at, no matter if you can’t afford a Vera Wang =D… every detail on your dress should be perfect, should be about YOU, because it’s YOUR BIG day, not anyone else’s…

And this dress, so simple yet elegant.