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The Night My Stepfather Tried to Drown Me…

The Night My Stepfather Tried to Drown Me…

angry stepfather[Part 1 The Importance of Doing What You Love]It was November in 1974. I was only 14 years old and was sat across the desk speaking to the ‘Career Guidance Officer’ at my high school.

Him: “So tell me Chris, what kind of job do you want to do when you leave school?”

Me: “Actually Sir, I don’t want a job. I’m going to work for myself.”

The look on his face was UTTERLY priceless.

Him: “This is a serious interview lad – not a joke – now tell me what job you want to have? And don’t worry – there are several you can choose from… you could be a welder, plumber, carpenter, cook…”

Me: “Please Sir. I am unemployable.”

Him: “Why? are you and imbecile? lazy? stupid? This is NOT a joke boy!”

Me: “No sir it was just that I read a book and the man owned a business and he explained that in general, poor people work for wages but business owners work for profits. And he said he knew when he was a kid that he was totally unemployable. Well Sir, now I know that too.”

SIDEBAR: The poor guy tried his very best to persuade me of all the risks involved in starting a business – how most of them go broke and very few survive.

I pointed out that it made even less sense for me to relay on someone else as an employee.

His closing words to me were: “Unless you wake up and smell the roses you will never get anywhere in life. Don’t be an idiot – get a job!”

====> Fast Forward to December 24th [a Tuesday night] I was stood feeling terrified as my Stepfather started laying into my Mum.

It got to the point where he was dragging her across the floor by her hair and stomping on her stomach. Suddenly, something snapped inside me.

I grabbed a vase and smashed it as hard as I could on his shoulder.

And talk about jumping out of the frying pan into the fire… 

He was absolutely furious with rage – knocked me senseless and said: “I’m going to drown you!”

He dragged me into the car and drove to the local river,

I was feeling numb both from the punch in the head he had given me and from the ‘abject terror’ that came with the realization that I was about to die by drowning.

Anyway, he dragged me out of the car and out into the river until the water was about 3 feet deep.

And then he shoved me under the water.

If I live to be 100 I will never forget the feeling of absolute determination to live that flooded my heart, mind and body at that moment.

I struggled as hard as I could but it was useless.

He was much stronger than me.

And then it happened…

My feet struck up against a rock in the water and I immediately pushed against it with all my might and he had to let go.

Then I had another problem.

I couldn’t swim…

[Continued in Part 2]

Kidney for Sale [Sad Post I Just Saw…]

Kidney for Sale [Sad Post I Just Saw…]

Kidney for saleThe power of seeing things in perspective…

I honestly think people complain too much.  Especially business people.

They gripe and moan and whinge about the most stupid things.

And they worry too. As if worrying about anything can change it.

I have observed that in life, people do one of three things:

1. They ‘Justify’

2. They ‘Lay Blame’

3. They ‘Take Responsibility’

Anyway, earlier tonight I was reading a blog when I saw the guy’s request in the image attached to this post.

And it made me stop and reflect that perhaps the things that I feel tempted to complain about, just perhaps they are not that terrible after all.

Vision Adds Value to Everything

Vision Adds Value to Everything

VisionI just created this quick graphic to remind myself that without a vision people perish. But when you have a vision – and you are willing to ‘do what it takes’ literally ANYTHING is possible!

The Competitor With Sour Grapes

The Competitor With Sour Grapes

sourgrapesNOTE: This Post Was Originally from 2006

Just the other week a competitor [SEO Guru] went to the trouble of sending me an ‘empty’ vinigar bottle in the mail [along with a rambling letter explaining why he was not going to pay me the $60,000 in affiliate payments I had earned by promoting his top-secret, build-sites-for-Adsense subscription website software].

What made it particularly heartbreaking was that the money was set aside for an orphanage in India.

An ‘Empty’ Vinegar bottle? Strange huh?

It will make a great story to ’show and tell’ at our various seminars 🙂

Anyway, It reminded me about a true story I read when I was about 9 years old…


It was about something that happened in the Cold War.

The Berlin Wall stood like an ‘Iron Curtain’ seperating east from west. It was a symbol of fear.

One night the Communist East Germans dumped a load of rotting garbage over the West German side of the wall.

The West Germans gave a lot of thought as to how they should respond to this gesture.

The following evening, they left their own ‘gift’ over the East German side of the wall.

  • Medicine-for-children
  • Much needed clothing
  • Books about freedom
  • Blankets to keep out the cold
  • Food to nourish the body
  • Music to inspire and uplift
  • Hand written messages of friendship and peace

And… a very simple note that read:


I have never forgotten the story.

It has stayed with me for thirty six and a half years now.

I was vividly reminded of it this week when this ‘disgruntled’ competitor send me something that was his ‘gift’ in the mail.

And I knew that I had to rise above the anger and emotions that just wanted to smack the guy in the head.

Then I had a brainwave. I would NOT react. I would respond.

You can see the gift(s) that I just posted to him in the pictures below…

First, I got them a really HUGE card:


Then I bought them a few small gifts such as…

An Australian Bush Hat
A Jar of Australia’s Favorite Spread – Vegemite!


Followed by a Genuine Australian Aboriginal Throwing Boomerang!

A CD of Australian Country Singer, John Williams!

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An Aussie G’Day Mate! Sign to sick in their office or car window!

Oh and did I mention:

  • Books
  • Business Magazines
  • Postcards
  • Flash Sticks
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Aussie Flag
  • Soft Toys
  • Greetings Cards (We have our own range so I sent a complete set)

But there was one problem…

Fitting Everything into the Suitcase!


But we got there in the end 🙂


And then I posted the whole thing ‘Airmail’ to the USA.

Why did I do this? After all – the guy had ripped me off $60,000 and worse still, he knew 100% that it was set aside for orphans.

Here’s why:

Life is much too short to let anything or anyone sidetrack you.

There is just too much to achieve – too many people to meet – too many lives to impact too much potential to waste even a split-second of your precious time getting caught up in negative attitudes.

In retrospect, I am very thankful that my competitors sent me such a ‘thoughtful’ gift.

Because it brought this precious story from my childhood days back to my mind.

I also looked inside myself and saw a better response.

I’m thankful that I have no time for junk. No time for strife. I will make the $60,000 again and more – many times over.

The individual who spent my affiliate commissions taking his wife and kids on expensive trips to Europe and who told me “I have spent the money!” And then sent me an empty vinegar bottle…


He has lost way more than $60,000 because you see, there is no amount of money in this world worth more than having integrity.

A wise man once said; “Life is like a tube of toothpaste – outward pressure brings out the inward contents!”

Best of all – it reminded me that it really is true…

Each Gives What He Can!

Real Comments From Employee Performance Evaluations

Real Comments From Employee Performance Evaluations

employee-evaluationThese are actual quotes taken from federal government employee performance evaluations.

1. “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig.”

2. “I would not allow this employee to breed.”

3. “This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won’t be.”

4. “Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.”

5. “When he opens his mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.”

6. “This young lady has delusions of adequacy.”

7. “He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails
to achieve them.”

8. “This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”

9. “This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts the better.”

10. “Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.”

11. “A gross ignoramus – 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.”

12. “He doesn’t have ulcers, but he’s a carrier.”

14. “I would like to go hunting with him sometime.”

15. “He’s been working with glue too much.”

16. “He would argue with a signpost.”

17. “He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.”

18. “When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.”

19. “If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he’s the other one.”

20. “A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.”

21. “A prime candidate for natural de-selection.”

22. “Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.”

23. “Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.”

24. “He’s got two brains cells, one is lost and the other is out looking for it.”

25. “If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”

26. “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.”

27. “If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.”

28. “It’s hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.”

29. “One neuron short of a synapse.”

30. “Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.”

31. “Takes him 2 hours to watch 60-minutes.”

32. “The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

Copywriting Tip: The “Few Words” Strategy…

Copywriting Tip: The “Few Words” Strategy…

direct response advertThe “I’ll sum it up in only (no.) words…” strategy tells your prospects that you’ll give them a direct, simple presentation that will tell them the benefits of owning your product or service.

You could just give them a short and sweet summary of your strongest benefit or USP. Or you could follow the example in the advert.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am a Copywriter and LOVE long copy and 99 times out of 100 it still outsells short copy – particularly in regards to high-ticket stuff [albeit via a mixture of long copy on video].

But… for Squeeze Pages, Radio, TV, Cinema, Post Cards and PPC you need to use the “Few Words” strategy.

Very few copywriters can write good short copy. Those that can are very skilled. Fewer still are good at both long and short copy.

NOTE: The advert with this post is one of the best examples I have ever seen of cramming HEAPS of benefits into just a few words.



YesI want to encourage you to say “Yes” MUCH more often!

YES to possibilities

YES to opportunities

YES to dreams

YES to hiring experts to help grow your business

YES to bigger profits

YES to getting outside of your comfort zone

YES to stepping up to the plate

YES to letting go of the past

YES to embracing the present

YES to forgiving others

YES to forgiving yourself

YES to opening your heart

YES to change

YES to new ideas

YES to better systems

YES to positive thoughts

YES to being a giver

YES to understanding

YES to growing as a person

YES to making bigger profits

YES to letting go of negative people

YES to better health

YES to new friendships

YES to better relationships

YES to having a vision

YES to MASSIVE action

YES to healing the hurts of the past

YES to a wonderful future

YES to joint ventures

YES to creating new products and services

YES to attracting more clients

YES to loving myself

YES to accepting myself

YES to encouraging myself

YES to believing in myself

YES to changing hopeless situations

Ideas That Work…

Ideas That Work…

Another Idea That Works...
Another Idea That Works…

The woman on the Skype call just wouldn’t stop talking…

She had paid for one of my one-on-one, 90 Minute ‘Marketing Makeover’ Consultations.

But something was wrong. She was doing ALL the talking.

She told me all the expensive ways she had wasted her money trying to get customers for her new website building business.

After what seemed like an eternity, she finally stopped for breath and I knew it was time to act.
“Before you tell me another 7 things you have tried that have failed, what say I tell you something that will work?”

“Okay” she said but I could hear the lack of hope in her voice.

You see, even though she had started her business, she hadn’t yet made a single sale and it was really starting to  get to her.

So I showed her the simple concept of Lead Boxes.

She got about 12 made up, placed 5 and… sold 7 Websites in her very first week!

@ $2,997 per site… well lets just say she wasn’t feeling hopeless anymore.

Marketing doesn’t have to be like getting your wisdom teeth  removed without Anesthesia.

You just need simple ideas that work.


What Copywriters Do On Their Day Off…

What Copywriters Do On Their Day Off…

I didn’t mean to rescue the frog. I only went to the supermarket to buy some milk. But as I passed the fish tanks, I saw it looking at me.

And I could have sworn it was saying: “Please rescue me!”

I Was Writing Copy When I Noticed…

I Was Writing Copy When I Noticed…

Sat in Starbucks all Alone...
Sat in Starbucks all Alone…

As many of you know, most days I can be found sat writing copy in my local Starbucks.

Like most Copywriters I really do ‘Get in the Zone’ and find myself pretty oblivious to what is going on.

Now… Starbucks is normally pretty noisy and so I wear headphones and listen to music or motivational speakers as I write.

And then the other day I was aware that things suddenly seemed quiet.

I stopped and looked around.

To my surprise, I was the ONLY person in Starbucks.

I asked the manager: “How long has it been this empty?”

“About an hour at least!”

It struck me that I hadn’t noticed – I had been having too much fun writing a new Video Sales Letter.

It is a wonderful feeling to be so caught up in loving what you do that you feel as if you are in the middle of a huge river zooming downstream… almost as if you are in a whole new universe.

THE LESSON: Love what you do!

[Originally posted in Feed A Starving Crowd]

Understanding the Power of Afformations

Understanding the Power of Afformations

Noah St John Audio Afformations
Noah St John

About a year ago a friend in one of my Facebook Groups told me about and American bloke, Noah St John and his Audio Afformations.

He was banging on about how Noah  had discovered a new way to experience success in life and in business.

At first I was very skeptical.

You see…

I am an Aussie and we are not easily moved by hype.

But I thought: “What the heck – nothing ventured – nothing gained” and I bought them.

I popped on a set of headphones and to be honest, just listened to them as ‘background noise’ as I sat writing copy.

I didn’t really even pay that much attention to them.

And then, about 20 minutes later, I stopped to make myself a cup of coffee and… suddenly it hit me.



Stone the crows!

What can only be described as a river of ideas started flowing into my head. I didn’t know whether to freak out and go hide under the bed or be thankful and just go with the flow.

I started typing out ideas like  a demented popcorn machine on steroids.

11 months later and just a handful of the ideas from that first day have helped me start Facebook Groups that have attracted almost 8,000 business owners from scores of nations around the world.

And to be honest, since them i have only listened to Noah’s Audio Afformations for about 20 minutes at a time once a month.

Anymore than that and it does my head in. I literally get too many good ideas!

Now I could get all scientific on you and try to explain why afformations make affirmations look like a dogs breakfast and why if you want to see outstanding breakthroughs in your life, your relationships and your business, you should definitely give them a try.

But instead, I’ll just leave you with this thought… I reckon this Afformation stuff is so powerful that if you just give it a go, you are going to wake up one day and find yourself networking like a ninja, persuading like a pro, strategizing like a military general and… leaving your competition crying like a baby for its rattle!

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