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Springtime Labrador Straits

Springtime Labrador Straits, just a touch of spring.  We have had a slow melt which is good.  Not much mud.  Some other years we have had rain and much warmer along with the snow which caused heavy run off of the snow and rain together.   This year when it has been warmer for a couple of days.  It then froze again, keeps things from thawing too fast.  Good so far anyway.


  Soon to be garden in this early morning picture of 1 May 2017.   At the time it was -7 degrees C or about 19 degrees Fahrenheit.   A really cold morning for May.

Ordinarily our garden won’t go in until the last week of May.  Perhaps going into June this year as the ground has to be at least warmed up some.  In this small plot we grow two varieties of peas, broccoli, caulifower, spinach, a couple of varieties of lettuce, carrots, some onions in this plot.  We have another plot for onions and yet another for potatoes.


In the greenhouse will be zucchini, tomatoes, both green and very hot peppers along with cucumber and string beans.  Most of these seeds are started inside under lights.  We can put them out in the green house as weather allows.  Putting the seedlings in the greenhouse on a relatively warm day allows them to get extra sun and heat. But they would need to be brought back inside any evening for the next couple of weeks.  Gradually we will “harden them off” by exposing the plants to cooler and cooler temperatures.  All these plants normally grown here in the greenhouse will not produce or will simply die if left outside.   They all require the extra heat and shelter that a greenhouse provides.

When thinking of springtime Labrador Straits it is interesting to think that the problem we have with the greenhouse is with too much heat.  We built it a number of years ago after reading about how to design it.  Big fan at one end, floor vents fan inside and vent on the door but we still need the door open on a warm summer day, anything over about 22 degrees C everything needs to be open to keep the temperature moderate inside.


Springtime Labrador Straits, 1 May clearly is not the time to garden.  Maybe you wouldn’t want to garden under these conditions at all?  But just think of the challenges?   Think of all the positive mindset opportunities you have as a gardener or farmer anywhere.  Here we have enough rain.  In August we will have been here for 26 years and only one summer was there any fire danger because of lack of rain.

The opportunity to work on positive mindsets in your gardening at least equal the opportunities you have with your business.  I use the   Deep Abyss   daily to help me with my business mindset problems.  Making sure I am thinking straight.  Use your same strengths you have learned when dealing with early frosts or cutworm problems in your business or whatever you do.  It is really the same thing.  The problems, whatever they are will still be there.  It is how we deal with those problems that sets us apart from our peers.

Building Trust – Building Trust Is a Gradual Thing

Building trust with their customers is a major concern of any marketer.   I have different kinds of people land on my blog.  Some come from Twitter, Facebook, or through Youtube.  They have seen something and want to see more.  But then there are those people who have known me for years.  They come to look at my blog and and are puzzled.  Then I get a message.  So Joe, what are you selling?

I love this response.  Means I am doing the right thing.  I am building trust, attracting people to my content and they are bouncing around in it absorbing some I hope.  These folks are not quite right.   I do have a link at the top of the page in yellow on the right hand side that leads to a great program for which I am an affiliate.  But it isn’t conspicuous it doesn’t jump out and bite you.  I don’t lead with,  buy this.  I lead with,  come in and find what you need, ask what you want, get the help you need.




Good so people are looking at your stuff.  They are trusting you they see your name, they see good information.


Ah, but what about Distrust


Building Trust that you have been doing can be undercut by distrust that your people may feel.  If trust is fast or helps your business move right along, distrust will slow and stop your business altogether.

So what does that actually mean?  If you promote a program with claims that are unsubstantiated.   By cutting corners and saving time you are likely not saving time and advancing your business but setting your business back not driving it forward.

D. Hochman quotes one of her mentors as saying:  “To go fast go slow, to go slow go fast.”  Think about it and think about it hard.  Don’t push the edges.  Building trust is a gradual thing.  Keep your information reliable and your ethics front and center and you will grow.



Life Depends Upon – Your Life Depends Upon It

Life Depends Upon – Your Life Depends Upon It.  I wanted to give everyone a story on an anniversary that was important to me.   On 15 April 2006, eleven years ago to the day of this post I had a major health issue.  Discussed in the video below and the point of the video is that I could have and you still can probably avoid what happened to me.  At least the seriousness of what happened to me.

Of interest is the fact that 15 April 2006 and the same date in 2017 is a Saturday and the Saturday prior to Easter in both years.   I did remember that in 2006 it was the Saturday before Easter but didn’t realize that the dates fell on the same day of the week this year until I looked at it this past week.



I have categorized this blog post as wellness first but also on lifestyle which I am promoting and mindset also.  What was not covered directly in the video is the positive mindset.  Now that doesn’t mean that you won’t have a few times prior to an operation or after when you are upset.  I remember breaking into tears when I first saw my wife.

But for the most part it never occurred to me that I would not get better.  This operation is often done. The prognosis was good so why should I worry?

I slept well, why shouldn’t I

I slept well, the nurses commented on how well I slept.  Of course they had to come and get blood from me every four hours.  They were surprised when I went right back to sleep, why shouldn’t I?

Anyway mindset is so important.  I will go further.  I will say that:  Life Depends Upon – Your Life Depends Upon It.  There was no sense for me worrying about what was going to happen.  I had little control over what was going to happen.  What I could do was feel positive about it and feel positive about what to do after the operation.

If I died on the table

If I died on the table then I wouldn’t have to think about the rehabilitation to come.  But I did think about how much fun it would be do be able to do the rehab.  And since I was laying in bed hooked up to all sorts of tubes and machines I decided to entertain myself.   I would see if I could get my blood pressure to go lower.  Seemed like an excellent thing to do.  I breathed deeply put myself in a happy place and sure enough my blood pressure would drop.   It works today too, try it.  Deep breathing for several minutes and meditation or what ever you want to call it, putting yourself in a happy place.

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Masters Golf Tournament – As Seen from Afar

The Masters Golf Tournament is an important event for us every year.  We live in Forteau,  a small town on the south eastern coast of Labrador,  in northeastern Canada.

Every year about this time I enjoy watching at least part of the Master from Augusta Georgia.  Not because I am a big golf fan but because it shows so starkly the differences between the two places only 1700 odd miles apart as the crow flies.

While watching the Masters Golf Tournament.   I can look out my bay window and watch the snowmobiles go across our lawn still buried well under the snow.

     Within another week  or so the snow will soften up so that the trail across our lawn will be unusable.  But there will still be enough snow around especially at higher elevations for those to get around.  Note looking on the second picture how there are no trees to fall over on the wires.  There is no lush growth here now.  There will be thick growth later on but not the lush green growth that you see in Georgia now in early April.

How do I feel about living here in the frozen north?  Now there is a combative phrase!  As a child and young man I suffered from many allergies and health issues made worse from living further south.  I have been healthier in many ways living in this sort of place.  Certainly living a slower life style is helpful.   While it didn’t seem to help my heart probably because of the stress of my job.  Living here clearly made me a happier person.   Happier than if I was still trying to live in a faster paced urban area.

We have now lived in Forteau almost 26 years.  Chose to retire here.  It is  not seen as a retirement haven.  But it is quiet, OK isolated, but for the most part and has the basic things for living a happy life.  The communications are mostly good so we can talk to relatives.   I can conduct my home based business here in the same way I could in a larger center.  Glad I am here and glad I can continue to live here enjoying these moments like the yearly Masters Golf Tournament that brings back memories of childhood spent in warm lush surroundings.


Marketing Competitors

We examine what is needed to deal with marketing competitors, but first a little story: George and Joe are camping when a bear suddenly come out and growls.

George starts putting on his tennis shoes.

Joe says, “What are you doing? You can’t outrun a bear!”
George says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear – I just have to outrun you!”

It is the same with your marketing competitors.

It may be crowded. You may have a lot of competition.
You may be thinking you can’t catch a break?

But you don’t have to beat all your marketing competitors – you only need to set yourself apart from the rest of them to attract higher quality customers that want to work with you.

Do how you set yourself apart you say? You already know if you have been taking our training. The use attraction marketing over a period of time will insure that people notice you and want to know what you are up to.

There are many places to put your content. All sorts of social media, blog, websites lots of places.

I presently use my blog, Facebook Fan page, my Twitter accounts, and Youtube channel.  At present these are the places I am using but expect to expand to other platforms just like you will eventually.

You Really Aren’t Using Attraction Marketing?

Not using attraction marketing? So tell me how you are doing. I fully understand I was in the same situation. I use to just put my link out there, I did cold calling the whole deal. But I learned that attraction marketing works better. I certainly allows you to feel better at the end of the day. I love it when people chase me instead of the other way around. The money is better too.

Don’t think it works? I have people now joining my list, subscribing to my Youtube channel who I have never had direct contact with or talked to. They are sitting there watching what I am doing. Probably seeing the problems with their own business. Some of them, many of them may contact me, this week, next month, many months from now. Doesn’t matter when, but when they do they know what I am about and what I’m doing and they want to start NOW. But most of all they want help and they know I can offer it.

I have experienced only some of that so far but I know as I continue to put out good content that I will continue to have the opportunity to help others. You know that I will be suggesting that you do the same. Suggesting because it works.

Talk to you soon.

Must Change Yourself – Yes, You Must Change Yourself

Certainly I would agree that you must change yourself.  Sounds pretty sharp as I don’t know you at all.

Two reasons:

1/  If you are reading this you probably have some interest in your home business or want to establish a new home based business.

2/  Most of us will agree that if we want to change our circumstances, and have a really successful business, we will have to change ourselves.  How are we going to start or change our businesses if we stay the same?  The same habits the same thoughts and all the same actions would seem to lead us with the same results.  No progress at all.

Some of you may not have thought you signed on to the must change yourself idea when you started your home based business?  If the idea bothers you and you think you can’t or aren’t willing to change yourself.  Simply move on.  Stop reading, cancel the bookmark to this site, stop your business and perhaps find another job to fill your time.  When, if, you are ready later and feel that you must change yourself come back and join me.

Continue to Change 

As for me I have changed and continue to change myself constantly I hope.   There are many aids to mindset and getting your mind out of thinking like and employee and into an entrepreneurial way of thinking.   Not sure what I’m saying here?  Ask me about this.  One of the best tools for me is the Deep Abyss.   There is a small cost for this so you may want to find other free things to which I can point you.  Or you can consider subscribing to the Deep Abyss, your choice.


The idea that you must change yourself is not really hard at all.  Everyday when I get up.  I say prayers as usual.  Sometimes with my wife many times by myself.  Then I go in and listen and/ or read for self development.  We need to be learning all the time.   We not only need to learn about what to do but what others have thought about how to get our minds working as business owners .

Not a big deal, this isn’t school.  Some of us had a bad experience in school and don’t like to think of ourselves as life long learners.   As business people however,  home based business people, we must  constantly work to learn more about what we can do to improve our business.  Our competitors are learning we better be the same.

Get Over Yourself – Everyone Knows They Broke the Mold When They Made  YOU

The vision I have is that I am molding myself into a successful home based business person.  You too, you will gradually mold yourself into the business person you want.  The advantage here is:  You choose the mold.


Can’t Do Everything – But You Can Do Something

Congratulations you have just started but remember you can’t do everything, at once anyway.  Doesn’t seem like a problem?   Oh, but it is.  There is so much that you can learn so much that you can and will grow.  You just can’t imagine it now.

Push the button you see below on the website after you have started.

Can't Do Everything But I Can Do Something

Ready to start click here.

OK you start there.  You go down it says to pick ONE marketing strategy and work on that one until you have it down well then move on.

First you must set up your system

So you dive into the training and then begin to set up your system. Connect the pieces together.  You must set up your autoresponder so you have someplace to send your leads.  You have a free autoresponder in your system but if you want a stand alone one you must order that separately.  There are advantages each way.   Contact me I can advise you.

You should start your blog.   No matter if you are writing in your blog, putting videos in your blog or a mixture of the two.  Or using it for other media.  These set up issues should occupy you a day or more.

Not sure what to put in your blog.  Start off with a short intro about you and your family, maybe a picture or two and or a video.

Interestingly one of the other leaders in our group spoke last night about a person in his group who was not following proper set up procedures.  He said that this new person had started their business and first thing bought several hundreds of dollars worth of traffic.  That is one way of getting traffic and would be alright BUT they had not set up their autoresponder.    When that traffic starts coming in it is not going to do that new person any good as it will not be flowing to the right place.  This leader called and explained it to this person.  He checked back later and it had not been fixed.

I really don’t understand why anyone would not properly set up.  It is sort of like  ordering a piece of furniture online and having it delivered to the wrong address,  deliberately.   Mistakes will be made.  You and I will make lots of mistakes but hopefully we learn from them and fix  them right away when we discover them.  That traffic will be delivered those leads will be delivered and go to the wrong address when the system isn’t set up correctly.

OK, my rant is finished, enough said, you can’t do everything but certainly don’t do that!!

Then you can begin to focus on what kind of marketing strategy you want to use.  Very important that you focus on only one at a time.  Learn it well, learn it fully and then move on to learn and use another strategy along with the first one.

Personally I choose Twitter as my first strategy.  I was very familiar with Twitter and so naturally went there first.  Only recently using my  Facebook Fan Page .

The title of this post is:  You Can’t Do Everything.  The point I am making is one of the (small) problems you will have is that after you are up and running.  Then there will be a Tuesday afternoon training and a Wednesday night training then more and more all good bits of training.  Facebook lives all sorts of things you want to see.

All of them giving great information about what these trainers, these very successful people, are doing.  But you soon realize that the new stuff that someone else is doing is often not what you are trying to master now.  I’m only suggesting that you be more selective in what you listen to and watch.  Remember I lived through this.  I wanted to cram everything I could into me as fast as possible.  You are probably the same.  However I found that much of the new material did not apply to what I was mastering now.   By not focusing on what you want to learn now you take the chance you will become overwhelmed, distressed and not understanding why you feel the way you do.

Focus, Focus

So think about it.  Do your basic set up of the system prior to any marketing work, common sense that.  Then choose a marketing system and work and work, learn and learn.  Learn about that way of marketing until you have mastered it and then move on.

Oh, don’t just learn act, use that knowledge, use that system you are learning about.  Get those leads flowing in to your autoresponder.

Understand that many of the training bits that are available to you will not help you in your journey as it is now.  The less experienced you are the less helpful this shot gun approach is to you.   I thought I should attend everything I possible could.  No, pick and choose.  But you really need to use what time you have to move your business along and keep it as focused as possible in my opinion.

You Really Can’t Do Everything.  But don’t let that stop you from doing, and doing and doing, the key is focus.



Business Components – 3 Critical Parts of Your Business

I’m saying that when everything is stripped down.  There are only three main business components in your business.

The question came up,  just how many parts, as it seems so complicated.   Some have said to me:  There is just so much involved in my business how can I cope with all of it?

I will go further and say that even when your business is up and running you can still feel pushed.  Then all of a sudden you are using a new part of the system.  Or selling a new product.   Something new that takes you away from the norm of what you were thinking and doing before.  Confusing, could be.

I will agree that at the beginning it feels that way.  You feel overwhelmed with what you see.  Everything feels new and everything is part of the new business components you have to master.    And you have to master them quickly for the people to start coming into your business.

Now wait a minute.  In your mind you are seeing people and money coming into your business sort of together all jumbled together.  But really if you can break your business down you can get a better grasp of what is happening and what you need to do.

Your Three Business Components

Break your business down into three part, YES only three business components:

1.  Lead generation – simply finding people who may be interested in your product or service.

2.  Conversion – Moving them from a lead or prospect to a customer.  They buy something from your or your company you have a conversion.  Your first conversion will likely be to get them on your email list.

3.  Continuity – Encouraging them to keep buying your product or service or more of your service or products.

Stop now for a few minutes.  No I mean really stop and think about what is going on with your business now.   Again two ways to look at it:   1.  Your business is ongoing and you have sales and you are thinking.  This guy has nothing for me, I’m doing just fine.

Now wait a minute:  You STILL need to break down your business into these three parts as above.  Take a few minutes and see what parts are in your business and how they are working.  Just humor me now, you can thank me later.

Usually at least one part isn’t working as well as the other parts.  Examples, you have lots of people to talk to but your conversions are poor.  Or people like the idea and buy in but never stay, your continuity is poor.  Lots of different parts that could be improved in any business.  Think about it.   You can improve your business with careful examination.  You want to improve don’t you?

The Second Way

Number 2.  You are that new person who is overwhelmed with everything.  Too much training, right now too much, for your needs.  You just can’t see how this new exciting business that you started.  That you have great need for in your life.   Can possibly succeed as you don’t know what to do next.  Stuff flying at you from every direction?  Your head is spinning?  It has occurred to you to just stop what you are doing, cut your losses and go watch TV or whatever else you would ordinarily do at this time.

Now just wait a minute.  We have all felt this way.  Those who are making great amounts of money, have lots of time freedom and those of us just beginning to make a regular income.  You too can follow us but you have to get over this hump first.

So start by breaking down your business into these three categories.   You need people to share your message with.  This is where you put people on your new email list unless you plan to deal with everyone on the phone.  Then onward to conversion and finally number three continuity we will leave alone for the moment.



When you start the very helpful program I am in now there is button on the inside at the beginning you should push, it says:  NEW?  Start here.   And it begins your journey to success.  However this program although it acknowledges this problem can still give you more than you need at the beginning.  The program suggests you choose, and master, only ONE way of getting leads before you move on to the next method.   Certainly what you should do.  Choose and master only one method before moving on.

Secondly you need somewhere to send those leads.  Again this program gives you ways to give valuable information that your leads will want and will trade their email for this information.   This is the conversion you want at first, just to get people to step up and show interest in the kinds of business information you have.

Your autoresponder will then send your mailing list an email regularly, the term is drip on them.  These drips at the beginning will include emails from the company, later you will learn to write your own,  giving your list other information to keep them interested.  Mixed in will be suggestions that they purchase something.  It certainly is possible that you would get a sale or two depending on how many leads you put through your system at the beginning.  You are provided with everything you need and shown with excellent video training how to set things up.

You have a full business system almost from day one.   First the a way to get the leads, second a way for the leads to find out what you do and get a chance to purchase something from you.  Realizing that it takes a while for anyone to buy.  That’s why your list is so important and the emails keep going out regularly to inform, entertain and keep your name in front those on your list until they either buy from you, or unsubscribe.

The first two critical parts of your business components are now taken care of.  You have lead generation and conversion that you can get up and running with a relatively short period of time.   The last part of the business components is the continuity.  How are you going to keep your people buying from you.  Right now at the beginning.  Don’t think about it.  It will come and will come easily.  I will save that for another time.  You aren’t there yet.

Finally think about dividing all the tasks that you are told to do into those three business components.  Do this as a way to organize your thoughts and calm your mind.  I can only say it worked for me.  Also getting your mindset going in the right direction is so important.   You are getting it now?  Your mind and what is on your mind is the key to your business whatever that may be.  Keep your mind under control and your focus on your business and nothing can stop you.  This post just a tool to that end.

So you really want to know what this magical program is that I am in?  Maybe, maybe not.  If you do there is a yellow button on the top right hand side of all the pages on this blog.  Click that yellow button:  “Yes Let Me In”  Take some time to look.  If you are really ready to fix things,  you won’t be sorry.



Labrador Winter – We Like Our Winters Here

We like our winters here, our Labrador Winter.  This video was taken 8 March but we have had  snow down continuously covering the ground since December.  Didn’t note the date but it would have been in December.

My hands were very cold holding my tablet to record this.  It was so bright I couldn’t keep my head in the pic as I couldn’t see the screen.  Also my stuttering, my other videos I have it much better controlled.  Didn’t seem to be on that morning.  So why did I publish this with all those problems?  Everybody’s got problems but you work through them, cover them up?  Possibly or run with them anyway which is what I did with the above video.  It got my point across about this place, the Labrador winter.

The Snow Here So Long We Become Comfortable with It.  

We notice that with our more lengthy Labrador winter about this time we begin to dread the thaw.  If the thaw comes quickly with heavy rains then you have water running everywhere very quickly.

Our land slopes gently so there is no problem with it running off but we are often out trying to manage how the water runs so it goes around the house and not through it.

I was away at meeting for my job, must have been over 15 years ago and I got this frantic call from my wife, we were having some flooding inside the basement as there was water just flowing down over our yard.  I was away, not very nice.  Now we have four sump pumps never really need more than two at a time and some years we don’t need any.   But then we have never had conditions like we had that time I was away.

So this year I  again hope for a slow thaw without much rain to keep the water manageable.

Another negative with the thaw.  Now my wife can walk herself and our dogs out the door and along trails packed down almost anywhere.  But when it starts to thaw heavily those trails will be too soft to walk on.  All of us will have to walk along the roads then and with the wetness you will have to dodge the splashes from cars.

So can you begin to see how comfortable the winter can be? I didn’t mention the cold even once, only how nice it is to walk on the trails.  You can move around the back country with ease now.  In the summer there are bogs and swarms of black flies, making movement and life in general more difficult.

Understand I’m not promoting the Labrador Straits area as a retirement haven.  But life is really good here.  Most of our family members, none of whom live here, and many local people expected us to move on when I retired in 2013.  As neither my wife or I had a connection to this area, prior to moving here in 1991.  But the decision was to stay and enjoy the Labrador winter and the black flies in the summer.

So when you use me to help you with your business this is what you are getting.  A man who lives in an isolated rural area but well connected to the rest of the world.  One who has the ability and the time to work with you, if you work.  More about me check out new Facebook fan page.   Contact information in the tab at the top of this page.







Start Business Avoid Excuses When Starting Your Business

When I think about the words start business the quote from Mark Twain comes to mind:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Seems so simple this whole idea is simple.  You simply start business or you don’t start your business.  Takes no brains to grab onto that idea.  But I have found over the years when I helped people with home businesses most initially rejected the idea.

I could never understand why most people said no.  To me it made so much sense.  Even though before I never found much success I knew that as I learned I would soon put together all the parts and finally succeed with a home based business.  I never failed to start business after I had seen and vetted a good opportunity.  Starting for me was never the problem.   Staying with it was a problem for me.  You must stay until success achieved.

Three reasons I have often been given is: They don’t have the time. They don’t have the money to start.  And they have no time for business must spend more time with family.  Think about what I said in the video to understand these better.

Finally please remember there are only two mistakes you can make on the way to success.   First mistake is to not start your business and the second mistake to quit prior to your success.

Use my contact link above in the blog.  If you need my support either for your under performing business or a new one just ask.   That is what I am here for.

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