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Are you in constant motion, even while sitting still? The question is, do you move forward or backward? The answer is: it depends on which way you look.

Looking backward does have value. You may have heard it said before: You can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve come from.

That is certainly true, looking back helps you know your personal heritage and whether or not you want to revise or extend that legacy.

A look backward can also show you the need to mend a damaged relationship, heal a broken heart, or clear up some unfinished business.

But looking back can also be paralyzing. Some folks are stuck in the past. They stay there because for them, the past is better than the present, or at least, it’s more comfortable, less risky and not as demanding.

While some look backward to review their days of glory, others look at the past to relive mistakes and review missed opportunities.

That kind of constant backward look is truly hurtful. Here’s why: when you dwell on the past too much it clouds your vision of the future and inhibits personal growth.

Your future has two possibilities: it will be decided either by design or by fate. If your future is by design that means it’s up to you.

If it’s by fate it means you’re willing to allow your peers, parents, or worst of all, the government, to run your life. How fun does that sound? I’m sure you know this is true: The future is where you’re going to live so you better look forward and create your vision of your future or someone else will.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I want my future to look like?
  • Then ask, what must I do to make that future happen?

Remember when you first learned to ride a bike? At first you just wanted to sit on it and try to keep it up-right. That didn’t work too well, did it?

You quickly discovered the best way to maintain balance and ride safely was to make it move forward. It’s a lesson for life. You have to make your bike (your life) move forward or you crash.

Your mom or dad can run beside you and hold on for awhile, but eventually they must let go and set you free.

And that’s the way it is right now. I honestly believe that 80% of your life is up to you. Sure your past may have harmed you or it could have been glorious, but it’s not where you are today and tomorrow is where you must live.

Which way are you looking? If you’re spending too much time in the past either reliving your glory or reviewing its shame, change the direction you look.

Don’t look back, look forward.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
(757)-810-0208
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

To be successful and a happy person you must be able to define what you really want. Easier said than done I know that. You must have a dream (a goal) if you expect it to come true. If you don’t have one how can you expect it to come true? You must really do some soul searching and figure out what is important to you that you are willing to pursue to the moon and back. When you find things that are taking you away from your true goal you need the strength to pull away from them and stay on track to pursuing your number one goal.

I hate to say this but don’t let yourself fall into settling if something else comes up that sounds good or may pay you a little more don’t let it sway you. If it is not going to move you forward toward your number one goal. Just Say NO!

Know what you want. If you don’t clarify what it is you desire you may be chasing the wrong dream. You may think it is money you want but when you get it you’re not happy. You may think it is a fancy new sports car but that’s not it either. How about fame your name in lights, or a book author. If you don’t have anyone to share this success with is it really what you thought it would be.

This is why it is so very important to try to figure out:

  • exactly what it is you want
  • and why it is important to you
  • and how it will impact your life once you attain it

Now is the time for you to start making the proper decisions that will enable you to lead a very happy, fulfilling and prosperous life.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano

Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

If you want to Dare To Soar and move on to better things, you have to give up the things that weigh you down – which is not always as obvious and easy as it sounds.

Starting today, give up…

  1. Letting the opinions of others control your life. – People know your name, not your story. They’ve heard what you’ve done, but not what you’ve been through. So take their opinions of you with a grain of salt. In the end, it’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. Sometimes you have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else.
  2. The shame of past failures. – You will fail sometimes, and that’s okay. The faster you accept this, the faster you can get on with being brilliant. Your past does not equal your future. Just because you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; or for the last sixteen years, doesn’t have any impact on the current moment. All that matters is what you do right now. Read Awaken the Giant Within.
  3. Being indecisive about what you want. – You will never leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be. It’s all about finding and pursuing your passion. Neglecting passion blocks creative flow. When you’re passionate, you’re energized. Likewise, when you lack passion, your energy is low and unproductive. Energy is everything when it comes to being successful. Make a decision to figure out what you want, and then pursue it passionately.
  4. Procrastinating on the goals that matter to you. – There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Follow your intuition. Don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. When there is love and inspiration, you can’t go wrong. And whatever it is you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. Trust me, in a year from now, you will wish you had started today.
  5. Choosing to do nothing. – You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when. You can only decide how you are going to live, right now. Every day is a new chance to choose. Choose to change your perspective. Choose to flip the switch in your mind from negative to positive. Choose to turn on the light and stop fretting about with insecurity and doubt. Choose to do work that you are proud of. Choose to see the best in others, and to show your best to others. Choose to truly LIVE, right now.
  6. Your need to be right. – If you keep on saying you’re right, even if you are right now, eventually you will be wrong. Aim for success, but never give up your right to be wrong. Because when you do, you will also lose your ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  7. Running from problems that should be fixed. – We make life harder than it has to be. The difficulties started when… conversations became texting, feelings became subliminal, sex became a game, the word ‘love’ fell out of context, trust faded as honesty waned, insecurities became a way of living, jealously became a habit, being hurt started to feel natural, and running away from it all became our solution. Stop running! Face these issues, fix the problems, communicate, appreciate, forgive and LOVE the people in your life who deserve it.
  8. Making excuses rather than decisions. – Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving. A mistake doesn’t become a failure until you refuse to correct it. Thus, most long-term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions.
  9. Overlooking the positive points in your life. – What you see often depends entirely on what you’re looking for. Do your best and surrender the rest. When you stay stuck in regret of the life you think you should have had, you end up missing the beauty of what you do have. You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.
  10. Not appreciating the present moment. – We do not remember days, we remember moments. Too often we try to accomplish something big without realizing that the greatest part of life is made up of the little things. Live authentically and cherish each precious moment of your journey. Because when you finally arrive at your desired destination, I guarantee you, another journey will begin. (Marc & Angel Chernoff)

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

 Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

You lead a busy life. You probably have a job, a family, hobbies, relatives, community activities, and many more that I can’t even imagine. You pursue lots of stuff.

You can easily get caught up in all these pursuits and think you are aiming at being happy. I mean you do all these things, keep all your commitments, make more appointments, because you think this is what it means to be happy. “I must be on the road to happiness; I have all this to do.”

But you are not happy. You may even be miserable – the farthest thing from happy. What’s wrong?

You have gotten caught up in the pursuit of your pursuits. You have left no room for happiness. Please don’t mistake me. I find nothing wrong with pursuing legitimate and positive goals, keeping relationships vibrant and participating in a healthy community. But these can keep you from your ultimate goal – happiness.

Of course there are only so many hours in a day and only so many days in a week, etc. What you do with them is entirely up to you.

But if you really want to be deeply and constantly happy, you must slow down a little, at least, and find time for happiness. The choice is yours as it always is. You are leading a good life now. Do you want it to be even better by having a great and consistent sense of well-being?

Then you need to do something different. Yes, that’s obvious, but are you going to do something different or did you just want to point out to me that it is obvious? You actually have to pursue happiness.

So, that may mean you will have to give something else up. In order to have the sense of well-being that you want, sometimes called happiness, you actually have to do something that leads to that well-being. For example, you will need to set aside time to just relax, take a time out from other pursuits to quiet your mind and spirit. To empty your mind, to think about nothing, to make contact with the All There Is.

You can see, I’m sure, that this entails letting go of something lesser in order to gain something greater. What is lesser is for you to determine, not me for you. But you see this is a deliberate choice you need to make.

Suppose I am going on a trip and I can have only one suitcase. Everything I need for that trip must, must, fit in that one bag. I am going to a place where I cannot buy anything I might have left behind when leaving for the journey. I must pack very carefully. The bag will only hold so much.

What do you take?

What do you leave behind?

This is what you must decide when dealing with your pursuits.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

 Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
(757)-810-0208
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

To be successful in your business you must Educate Your Customers/Clients. People want facts, not fairy tales. Give people the reasons why they need your offer, and be compelling. Inform them with the specifics and then lead them to action.

Many business people sell on price, which usually results in a business with poor margins for a lot of work. I’ve found that price is a deciding factor in many sales situations, yet other factors are just as important. Terms, guarantees, and benefits can often overshadow price. You have to determine who your market is and address it. Just merely selling on price is not always the solution. If you do sell on price, tell people why you can do so:

  • Is it lower overhead?
  • Better buying strength?
  • Maybe you’re the manufacturer and you can sell direct without the middleman markup.

If you sell on quality, educate your customer or client on the steps that you take to insure quality. Be specific and not vague. The point here is that people want to know what the heck they’re paying for in order to make a valuable buying decision. If they don’t know, it’s hard to justify their decision.

Inform and educate with specifics and you’ll have a much better chance for success in selling whatever you choose to sell.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

Here’s why you should think for yourself!

Only you know what you are capable of doing – and what you like and dislike. So why settle on somebody else’s capabilities or tastes as your own?

There usually is at least one member of a group who tries to bully the rest into following his or her lead. This person isn’t necessarily a Leader. It is simply a matter of being the loudest or most persistent in extolling the virtues of his or her choices of action.

Many folks who don’t necessarily agree with these choices but “go along for the ride” because they don’t want to face up to the wrath of the more aggressive person. Often they will even do things they’d rather not do.

Nobody wants to be known as a “maverick.” But, on the other hand, why allow yourself to be restricted by somebody else’s limitations or desires?

Think it through for yourself. If some activity is planned that isn’t to your liking, you actually have at least three choices:

  1. Go along with it.
  2. Try to convince the group to see it your way instead.
  3. Break off and do your own thing.

It can happen in a work environment that employees establish a leader whose quality of work and work output becomes the standard of comparison. This can be a good thing if this individual sets high standards. But it can be disastrous if he or she sets low standards.

You want to be judged on your own capabilities. So why not see just how far you can push yourself. Set your own standards. Don’t settle for anything less than your best.

Columnist Sydney J. Harris wrote the following concerning a trait of the great:

“However diverse their talents, temperaments and differences, all great achievers have one trait in common: They never bother to compare themselves with other men, but are content to run their own race on their own terms.” (Clement Communications)

This sounds like good advice, doesn’t it?

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

Finally, one of the product categories that I really like are products that relieve pain. These products have been around for a long time. Remember the stories about traveling medicine shows that started out in the Wild West? They sold predominately on the premise of relieving pain instantly, no matter what your pain was. Did some of these products work? Well, I don’t know for sure whether they worked or not, but I do know that the market place and the need for products that relieve pain hasn’t diminished with time. Frankly, I don’t see that need going away in the future. I think that as we look ahead into the future, more and more products will be introduced to make us feel better and relieve pain. Pain is something that is a part of life for many people. Most people would rather live without pain if they can find a solution for it. The agony of living with pain makes it difficult for them to enjoy life.

If people can get relief from pain simply and easily without going through an operation and your product really does work, chances are you’ve got an incredible direct response product. One of the things to consider in the pain category are products that are already selling successfully, but can be repackaged and offered under your own label.

All the categories of proven direct response products that I’ve mentioned in the past few posts have huge markets available with proven track records. I don’t see these markets going away. I believe these markets will get better in direct marketing for two reasons.

  • First, you’ll have more people to sell to
  • Second, their desires and emotions won’t change.

If the product that you select solves a problem quickly and easily for a lot of people, then you have the opportunity to make a lot of money quickly.

I hope that the past few posts gave you some insight into what I feel will work and what doesn’t work in direct marketing.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

Kitchen products do incredible sales year in and year out. People are always looking for time saving, energy savings or ease of use when they buy kitchen products. For instance, if you are marketing a knife that cuts 50% faster than regular knives, you’ve got a pretty good opportunity to sell a lot of them through direct response. For years the Ginsu knife has been a successful product through direct response.

The reason is simple:

  • It is priced right
  • It solves a common problem
  • It does it fast and it is easy to use

This particular category is one of the great ones to get involved in. I only see it growing in the future. The reason for that is that I believe more and more people want to spend more time at home rather than going out.

At the same time, because we have so many more families working, rather than someone staying at home and cooking, people have less time to prepare great food. Most of the successful kitchen products that you have seen recently on television, in newsprint, or heard on the radio are the products that save time.

Often you will find a terrific product in retail that is not selling well. Usually the reason that it is not selling well is that the public doesn’t know its benefits. It hasn’t been marketed well in the kitchen or housewares industry, but the product is terrific.

So if you are wondering what the next kitchen product to introduce might be, just go to the store. You may discover a terrific product that you haven’t seen advertised but could be perfect for direct response. Is that unlikely? No, not really. It just takes a little looking and remembering that if the product:

  • Solves a common problem
  • Does it fast
  • And is easy to use

It could be a great direct response product.

Tomorrows post will be dealing with the category that I really enjoy talking about the products that make people look better and feel better.

Then looking forward we will finally finish up with the product category that relieve pain.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

Continuing today’s post with what works in direct marketing lets take a look at self improvement/motivational products. For years people have been wondering what they can do to improve their lives. For instance, people have always wanted to have a better memory. Most people aren’t borne with a great memory. Our mind is something that we have to train. Sure there are people that have great memories for certain things, but if you are like me, there has been a time in your life when you have met someone, and seconds later you have forgotten their name. As a matter of fact, there is a popular course that has been selling for a long time it’s called Mega Memory. It isn’t a premier course that’s breaking new ground, as far as a brand new idea. It is a concept that has been marketed for years.

Why? Because most people have a common problem of not being able to remember people’s names. One of the ads for Mega Memory which has been extremely successful, starts out with “Have you ever met someone before, and immediately forgotten their name, just after you met them?” That ad catches the attention of so many people because it is a common problem. The Mega Memory Course solves that common problem quickly and is easy to implement. Most of the techniques taught in that course are things that anyone can immediately begin utilizing to achieve results, , so that they can use that enhanced memory to improve their lives.

People are interested in making their lives better. I think self-improvement products have a better opportunity for success than ever before because so many people want to live a better life. Life today is much more competitive. This includes our physical, social and business lives. We want to motivate ourselves to be better than ever before. That’s why I believe that self improvement is going to be one of the great growth areas of the future. People are looking for simple techniques that will make their lives better, more rewarding and give them a better perspective on each day.

Just like the diet category, I suggest that you start saving as many ads as possible on self improvement to document and understand why those particular ads are successful.

We will continue the next post with the incredible kitchen products area and why their sales $ucceed year in and year out.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano
(757)-810-0208
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.

This is a guest post from Brennan Smith – he’s going to share with you his 5 different tips to eliminate procrastination, boost your productivity and pursue success in your daily life, one task at a time!

Make Bite Sized Chunks

The biggest trigger of procrastination is if the task is too large, or new to us and overwhelming. One big task seems a mammoth to tackle, so a simple solution to make it easier on the mind is to break it down into bite sized chunks.

With one big task which will take 3 hours it seems such a chore to start, but break that project up into 9 20 minute bite sized chunks and before you know it you can do two of the 9 chunks and you are on a roll. Once you get started and make some progress then it has a feel good factor and a psychological effect of making you want to do more.

Suddenly this big mammoth task seems much more reasonable and very manageable. The trick is to simply concentrate on one chunk at a time, get it done and then move on to the next.

Plan It Out

Planning is one of the real, genuine keys to success. Just like the mammoth task is hard to start, a task without a plan can seem epic too.

However, if you first look at the breakdown and set a detailed timeline with quite specific deadlines then it will map out exactly what needs to be done and when in order to complete the task. Again, it becomes more manageable and you know exactly what to do and when.

Creating a plan and a timeline creates the urgency to act – when you know you have to do a task before this afternoon it puts pressure on you to act. Planning eliminates procrastination by stimulating action.

Make Yourself Accountable

Tell other people about your goals and your plans. This makes you more accountable outside of your own desires. It puts a healthy dose of fear of failure into you to inspire you to work, and makes you want to live up to other people’s expectations.

You know that other people know about your plans and you don’t want to let them down or be seen to give up in their eyes. It is easy to procrastinate or ignore a task when you only have yourself to report to, but when other people are involved it adds extra pressure, a different element and motivator to the task and it motivates you to take action.

You can also possibly add extra power here by starting a competition with your friend or accountability partner. Challenge them to pursue a goal too, and race either other to completion, or simply hold each other accountable. This changes the task too – it’s not just a boring task you have to complete, it is more fun, a shared experiment and some friendly healthy competition to spur you on.

Change your Environment

Just a simple change of scenery can help you to increase your productivity. When you work from the same place over and over this is when bad habits can creep up on you, laziness and procrastination. If you just mix it up a little bit it can really stimulate your mind and help you to just do what you are meant to be doing without procrastinating.

Try working from a cafe if you never have before. Just go there with the mindset that for just one hour you are going to keep your head down and work on your tasks. A new setting like this really can do wonders to blow away the cobwebs of procrastination.

Start Well

Something really simple you can do to make sure you make progress and continue on is to simply start well. Sit down at your desk and write something straight away. If it is a report you need to do then just write the opening paragraph. If it is the ironing you have to do then just setup the ironing board and iron 1 shirt.

Simply getting started clears your mindset, it stops you from thinking negatively and just gets you into a productive state of mind before you have chance to hesitate.

This is a Guest Post from Brennan Smith

Brennan Smith is an internationally renowned hypnotist and his specialist area is helping people to overcome procrastination (check out his stop procrastination hypnosis mp3s) and set their minds right for success. His website, Natural Hypnosis is one of the largest and most respected hypnosis audio websites in the world, from which he offers over 100 different specific sessions for all areas of self improvement.

He also offers 3 free hypnosis mp3s which are full sessions you can download to give hypnosis a try for yourself.

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

Jerry


Jerry Scicchitano
Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.