As many of you know, we've been major eBay sellers for almost two decades. A year or so ago, we began to dabble on Amazon and realized, especially thanks to Jim Cockrum and his Proven Amazon Course, that Amazon is the place where we skyrocket our income. (And... so ... Read the Rest Now! about Q: eBay or Amazon? – A: Yes!
As many of you know, we’ve been major eBay sellers for almost two decades. A year or so ago, we began to dabble on Amazon and realized, especially thanks to Jim Cockrum and his Proven Amazon Course, that Amazon is the place where we skyrocket our income. (And… so is eBay!)
2017 is going to be an Amazon bonanza for Jayne and Greg if we work it right.
Nope. That’s a bad question. Never ask that.
The only answer should be, “Yes!”
Both, But Not Only Both
Both eBay and Amazon provide tremendous opportunities. If you have what I call “one offs” to sell, such as something in your home that still has some value but you no longer want, eBay‘s the place to go. If you wholesale en entire product line (about as easy as can be if you’re wise and listen to Jim’s free podcasts here), Amazon‘s the place to go.
If you’d sort of like to skyrocket your family’s income, you need selling accounts at both eBay and Amazon and you need to be working both. And guess what? You also need to be working Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears, Shopify, and the Facebook Marketplace! (I’ll have a little more to say about these places below.)
Where on Earth am I Supposed to Find Something to Sell???
Well, therein lies the rub. That’s the hard part, right?
Note: Seriously, I have no idea why they keep the price so low.
Note: Yes I do. Jim Cockrum and his entire team have a servant’s heart. They only want to succeed if the things they do, test, and then teach to us succeed.
Note: Jim is a believer and home-educates his five children, two of which are adopted, and two of which have special needs (and therefore, special abilities).
Here’s a tiny sample of the where-do-I-buy? answers offered over and over in the Proven Amazon Course:
- In your home and garage (again, not just for eBay!)
- At the closest retail store to your home (yep… retail store)
- At the closest wholesale store to your home (which the Left likes to denigrate as “big box stores,” but you and I know the reality is that these are “places where people of all incomes can afford what only the wealthier folk used to be able to buy.”)
- Mail order
- eBay! (Yep, buy on eBay and sell on Amazon. If you think that’s impossible, you’re going to leave lots of money on the table as immediately shown here.)
Note: Wow, just… wow… Jayne: If only we knew about these tactics years ago!
- Amazon! Yes, arbitrage opportunities exist on Amazon to buy from one seller (especially “Merchant Fulfilled” sellers who don’t understand the importance of sending their items to Amazon to sell but insist on shipping sold items themselves) then sell to Amazon buyers.
- From wholesalers
Note: “From wholesalers”??? I know what you’re thinking. You’re not a business (yet), you don’t know how to buy anything wholesale, you wouldn’t know what to do first! The answer is this: buying wholesaler can be extremely complex, complicated, and confusing. Everybody knows how hard it is to become a wholesaler!
Note: Except Jim Cockrum. And now me. One of Jim’s latest free podcasts told how to go from scratch to wholesaling products in, oh, 3 tiny steps, which take, oh, maybe an hour to do, often less, and a lot of times takes only seconds.
Even better, not only is “Yes!” the answer to eBay or Amazon? but “Yes!” is also the answer to Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears (Sears may be on the cusp of going out of business; why don’t you help them by letting them sell your things for you?), Shopify, and now an amazing place to sell fast and local, the Facebook Marketplace!
A Massive Course with Entry for You and Everybody Else!
If you ever get one of Jim’s products that show you how to make extra money immediately, I will stand behind my recommendation 100%.
If you ever get one of Jim’s products that show you how to make extra money immediately, I will help you get started.
You can start big or tiny. I suggest tiny! So does the Proven Amazon Course.
Note: Almost every course offered by Jim’s team has “proven” in the name because they never teach us anything they themselves haven’t tried, honed, and tested. These guys do what they say. They are their own clients, they practice what they preach, they are selling in the $8-figures annually using only what they teach us. They have no desire to hide their strategies; quite the opposite. In their business’s very slogan, CES, the letter E stands for Educate. One-third of their entire business strategy is to teach, to educate others, in the exact methods they follow themselves.
Jim’s philosophy always seems to be this: It’s better to get a return of your money than to get a return on your money.
Jim’s never used that saying, but it permeates everything they do and train you to do. The phrase comes from a stock broker friend of mine in Scottsdale, Arizona who says, “It’s better to get a return of your money than to get a return on your money!” meaning: If anything you do risks losing your capital, don’t do it! Always start small, risk virtually nothing, then go with the winners and run from the losers.
You will never hear one of Jim’s team tell you to risk more than a few dollars to try anything they teach. Never.
And what if you’re just a teenager looking for a part-time business, or a home-educating Mom who wants to teach her family about business a little (even if she herself doesn’t know much about it) while making extra (which I suggest will be a lot extra) money along the way and hiring the kids to help while they learn, The Proven Amazon Course lets you start with nothing except maybe a few things around your home. Then build. Then build. Then build.
Or… not. It’s fine to keep it all a hobby and just use these money-generators called Amazon and eBay each month covering your utility bills, gasoline, and mortgage payments. If that’s all you work it, there’s an entry place for you that is basically free, you and your kids can work it immediately, and you can limit your work to “hobby hours” of only a couple of hours each week. Fine. What a way to do it!
Let me stress once more: If selling on Amazon still frightens you, then just sell some used books there. Nothing tells you how better than the Proven Book Sourcing Course and I know of nothing less costly than that, easier than that, or has more money potential with such little action required than that. The Proven Book Sourcing Course is what Jim’s team calls the “low-hanging fruit” for new Amazon sellers who are a little afraid to begin and/or have no idea how.
Me and My Friends
They each now know I’m speaking 100% truth when I say, it’s exactly what I say it all is.
Note: I also practice what I preach. I bought the amazing don’t-risk-anything “PPI” course, which is now part of The Proven Amazon Course (I paid far more when PPI wasn’t a part of the PAC!) (worth every penny!) along with several other money-making education products from Jim’s team. I’ve been a customer of Jim’s ever since about 2002 when he published his very first eBay course in eBook format called, The Silent Sales Machine which is about to enter its tenth edition. I now have a small association with his book publishing division, but otherwise, I’m in your shoes when it comes to everything I’ve said here.
Note: Jim just gives away two chapters from this cornerstone book. Grab those free here: The Silent Sales Machine 2 Free Chaps.
Don’t listen to me any longer when it comes to selling. Listen to Jim Cockrum. I’ll be in the wings to help get you started and answer some preliminary questions.
Now go and make a fortune.
A Facebook friend said yesterday that Executive Orders are not good because:
- Executive Orders violate the checks and balances of American government, and
- Evil people, such as Obama, can use them for wickedness.
Note: My friend is a Christian and is about as discerning in all matters as one can be.
The Proper Reply
Here are the accurate responses to the above charges levied against the use of Executive Orders:
Wicked Executive Orders and Good Executive Orders
An Executive Order that creates a wicked law is a wicked Executive Order.
An Executive Order that nullifies a good law is a wicked Executive Order.
An Executive Order that eliminates a wicked law is a good Executive Order.
An Executive Order that activates a good law is a good Executive Order.
About Wicked Presidents Who Use Them
Yes, wicked Presidents can use Executive Orders to bypass the “checks and balances” of the American government that were (supposedly) put into place to stop runaway government wickedness.
Not-as-wicked Presidents can use Executive Orders to bypass the “checks and balances” of the American government that were put into place to stop government wickedness.
The fact that Executive Orders can be used for evil, as the half-white muslim from Kenya did for eight years, has no bearing on whether Executive Orders should be available to Presidents. This is the same faulty reasoning that Libertarians and other Leftists use to stop DNA databases on American citizens: “It can be used against us.”
Just because somebody can use a tool for wickedness should never be a reason to eliminate a good tool. For example:
- Bad people can use guns against good people. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, good people shouldn’t be allowed to have them either.
- Police can use guns against good people. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, police shouldn’t be allowed to have guns. (Ask Great Britain if their experiment with taking away guns from their entire police force once turned out to be a good idea or a bad one.) (And ask them why they didn’t take guns away from their military also.) (The answer is because they would have been forcefully taken over by a foreign nation within hours of that.) (They might be liberals, but they aren’t 100% stupid.)
- The American government has nuclear weapons. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, the American government could wrongly use those against its own citizens. Therefore, the American government should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. (See above; upon fulfilling the Left’s dream of a defenseless, non-nuclear America, we’d be forcefully taken over within hours of those weapons being decommissioned.)
Here is the bottom line: Every American citizen, every police force, every government branch, should have every tool necessary to do whatever they need to do so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
“Don’t do evil so that good may come of it.” ~ God (via Paul)
My friend brought up Romans 3:8 as a possible argument against Executive Orders. She did say that an Executive Order isn’t evil “necessarily.” I suspect she qualified this because that she knew, instinctively, that all uses of Executive Orders don’t violate Romans 3:8.
I already explained above when Executive Orders violate Paul’s admonishment and when they don’t:
- An evil Executive Order should never be signed, even if supposed “good may come of it.”
- A good Executive Order certainly should never be connected with a violation of Romans 3:8.
What About the “Checks and Balances”?
The three branches of government (if you’re a Civics teacher in the government schools, ask any home-educated child what the three branches of the government are; he or she can reduce your confusion) were supposedly put into place to keep runaway tyranny in check.
Let me ask you, how’s that been working out for us the past 100 or so years, huh?
More specifically, ever since the American government gave its entire financial structure to a private institution that’s never been audited, the Federal Reserve, in 1913, how have those wonderful “checks and balances” every conservative seems to love so much been working out, huh?
And in that same year, 1913, when the Internal Revenue Service was created to take money from every facet of American citizens’ lives for ad infinitum, how have those wonderful “checks and balances” every conservative seems to love so much been working out, huh?
And if you say “That’s the problem, we need to return to the Constitution!” then I say, in 1912, we were under the Constitution! If the Constitution, the document that forces authority upward, the last direction that any authority should ever flow in any organization, if that Constitution were so great, then how did it allow us to get into the mess we are today?
What Are We to Do?
Our job is so incredibly simple. This is why so many wanna-do-right conservatives complicate it. They feel the solution has to be complicated.
The solution is simply this: We are to demand nothing but Godly leadership and governance from our government.
Will we get that? The odds are against it. Only two leaders in the 6,000+ history of mankind have ever been Godly, and one, David, went in and out of wickedness constantly. (I would be open, I suppose, to George Washington being in the group with the Kings David and Josiah. Perhaps even John Adams. Both, however, had the same lust for the Constitution over the Biblical notion that authority should flow downward and not upward. I see that as a major flaw of any leader.)
Demanding that our governing officials be Godly is in no way a demand that authority flows upward by the way. When done righteously, it’s a demand that our leaders lead us and let their authority flow downward, from God to them, and from them to us, and from us to younger generations, and from husbands and dads to wives and children, and from wives and moms, to children and younger women.
Again, working to eliminate Executive Orders is nothing more than a waste of our resources in the same way seeking term limits is a waste of our resources. We should put all effort into putting Godly men in office and then hold them completely accountable to lead the nation properly.
Christians, stop re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic!
Christians, stop wasting time trying to stop good actions (good Executive Orders) just because you live in fear of bad ones being signed also.
Christians, that kind of fear you are living in is not Godly.
No matter how well you eat (meaning your diet consists of mostly fats, secondly proteins, and fresh, colorful veggies), you’ll be tempted to eat something else.
If you limit such an event to be a truly rare one, you can virtually eliminate the bad effects with the pill!
Note: Although I lived Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Body for a year and a half, I must say that his cheat days really can hinder progress. You will see constant progress but it’s far too slow and the carb-hit most of us take on that day is a massive shock. I strongly urge you to forego that and have a cheat item that you really look forward to once in a while. And take the pill to reverse even that!
Let’s Charcoal – Here’s The Pill
It’s true. One (or two) pills can basically reverse the bad effects of a bad good treat.
It’s a lot easier than the ol’ Two Throated Thumbs to Thinner Thighs purge-after-splurge. And healthier too!
Take one or two activated charcoal pills. Yep, these literally are made from charcoal.
Warning: Various forms exist, most are probably fine, but these made from ground, burnt coconut shells seems to be the highest quality and most effective.
That’s right. Black, dusty, dirty charcoal cleans great!
I discussed activated charcoal when I ghost-wrote the book, Natural Detox – 8 Cheap Ways to Detox and Cleanse Your Body for Jennifer Jolan.
(I just looked through that little powerful book. It’s got some great advice in it. But of course it does, I wrote it.)
People can brush their teeth with it (rinse well!) to help maintain healthy, clean, white teeth.
Charcoal filters in the best water filter ever invented clean your water of everything bad.
Charcoal in little, portable masks can save your life in a building fire or airplane emergency by cleaning the air you breathe.
And after you eat something you shouldn’t have, take one or two activated charcoal pills. The bad stuff binds well to the charcoal and exits your system more than it otherwise do.
Activated charcoal is just good stuff. Some of the less costly activated charcoal is from Source Naturals. There are others better and lower quality, but the Source Naturals 100% Pure this is a good entry-level activated charcoal if you’re budget conscious but still want a decent brand.
Here’s the best quality for the money that I’ve found:
I like the Bulletproof Upgraded Coconut Charcoal because it seems to me to be a little lowered-powered than the others. I can adjust the dosage a little better. I can take one if I didn’t eat too badly, or two and even three (rare) if more uumph is needed. I’ve found taking two daily for 4 days (while on a trip to Austin recently) didn’t have the usual side effect (which is fairly minor: stool darkening and possibly minor constipation after a few days; just drink a lot of water, you’ll be fine even if you take any of them several days in a row). The Bulletproof brand produced no expected and completely minor side effect that the others can bring about.
Note: One thing I failed to say in the book I wrote for Jennifer is that activated charcoal binds to everything possible. Don’t take it within a couple of hours or taking vitamins and minerals or it’ll leech those right out of you along with the dessert you indulged in.
In the Car Backup
Except in hot summer, keep a few backups in your car in case you find yourself in the middle of an unplanned piece of pie.
You’ll thank me for this.
It’s the time of year when lukewarm, willfully-ignorant christians (lowercase c) start blasting every social media account they have with:
“You can be thankful for the birth of Jesus EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR *except* December 25th because 1,500 years ago THAT was a pagan holiday!!!”
First of all, nobody on earth would know it was a pagan holiday if you didn’t keep preaching it every Christmas.
Second, it’s wonderful to take a date or event meant for evil and turn it into something good. God often does that throughout His Book. I bet you hate it when He does this.
Taking what was meant for evil and using it for good takes the emphasis completely off the original use. That is, until you come along and teach people it’s somehow still a pagan holiday.
Third, no actual Christian necessarily believes or cares that He wasn’t born on December 25th. We’re not celebrating the date, we’re celebrating the event.
Fourth, your rants harm the witness of true Christians.
But… You. Just. Don’t. Care.
Warning: I’m going to Make You Feel Guilty about Not Reading More Books
“The more books you read, the taller you grow.” ~ Lewis Meyer
I wasn’t a big fan of Lewis Meyer. But he ran a great bookstore.
Lewis Meyer’s Bookshelf, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the “Restless Ribbon,” Peoria, was a mainstay, a retail Tulsa landmark, for decades. As a young kid, I’d go there and could appreciate his bookshop for the individual qualities it offered: A rich assortment of books, impeccable service, and a weird owner, Lewis Meyer, who was sort of likable and not at the same time.
The Time to Create Books
As the author of more than 100 titles and approaching 4,000,000 in lifetime books sold, I greatly appreciate the amount of time that goes into crafting a book. What takes us 2 to 20 hours to read might have taken the author months of effort, research, sweat, and love.
Literally, entire years have been spent writing single books.
Your Time to Digest Books
Books are one of the highest-leveraged tools at your disposal.
If your desire is to improve yourself, escape into a fictional world, or learn a specific skill, books are our first avenue of fulfillment. Yes, YouTube has tons of great how-to videos, tons of fiction being read, and so on. Yes, podcasts offer tons of great fiction and non-fiction avenues for you to master skills and escape in hearing stories read to you. Yes, Audible is the fastest-growing entity in anything related to books right now, a plethora of amazing books that you can digest while driving or going to sleep.
Books: The Highest Leverage Possible
Remember above, I said that a book that took as long as a year to write is one you can usually read in two to twenty hours. Do you grasp what that means? You spend 2 to 20 hours of your life learning every word, literally, another person is trying to convey to you which took that other person up to a year or more to create!
As little as 2 hours to gain a year’s worth of effort is without a doubt, the highest payback in time you will ever experience.
Some of us are visual learners and learn best by reading. I’m one of those kinds, so it’s the kind you should be too! But, in spite of wanting to be just like me, other people are auditory learners. They learn or digest information better when they hear it. For skills, many people learn best by watching someone else demonstrate the skill. Videos are their best way to learn.
Note: For the purists out there, I do not actually consider a physical book any better at providing this leverage than an eBook. The reading of the words, whether on paper or on a screen, is the most personal leverage you can gain from another’s writing efforts. Yes, a physical book offers amazing smells and tactile feedback that many of us still love, but the content being read is the key, not the type of media the words appear on.
Under $3 and Under 20 Hours!
More than a million books are available to you, downloadable in under a minute even on slow connections, at under $3 on Amazon.
More than four million books are available to you in physical form, delivered to your front door by tomorrow if you want it rushed, or even within the next two hours in many cities!
And yet, it’s my sad suspicion that many of you have not digested an actual book, read its words, tasted those words the way the author meant for you to taste the words, in… over a year? … years?
If you don’t read one book a month, really read the book, you know what I mean now, you just throw away the highest-leverage on the planet that can be yours. And one book a month is nothing.
I know it’s blunt to say, but if you don’r read even one book a quarter, then you don’t want to improve yourself as much as you lie to yourself about wanting to improve yourself.
Now that my office is in the city, and the city is once again soon to be our home (the timing of which was not our choosing), I fear growing into one of those:
“…old guys who go to the coffee shop every morning and hang out with all the other old guys.”
My Brilliant Solution
So to keep this from ever happening, over the next 50 years I’ll only frequent hipster coffee bars.
Note: If you want to frequent only the very best then you’ll visit Doubleshot Coffee Company in Tulsa. Here is hands-down proof that Doubleshot serves the “Perfect Cappuccino”: The Perfect Cappuccino FINALLY Located!
The tolerant Left hates you and wants all of us to die, but they want us to shut up in the meantime.
Facebook and Twitter constantly censor us. If they aren’t kicking right-wing Christians, libertarians, and even “conservative” homos off their membership rolls, they are performing a shadowing censorship so your posts don’t get seen by most people.
Note: This is not my imagination, Vox Day and many others are getting booted from Twitter daily. I should be close to “next in line.”
For 2 years I’ve warned you to get your own blog now.
Until you’re forced to, there’s a great solution to use NOW to speak all the truth you want without shadow censorship or getting kicked off completely: Gab!
My video below tells you my first four hours with Gab. Now, go thou and do likewise.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The idea is that you put the lead – the catchiest part of the story up front. The idea, adopted well by successful marketers, makes sense. If you put the catchiest sound bite or part of the story or advertisement (a “punch line” if you will) in the middle, you’re burying the lead. It’s well-known that you’re losing viewers by not catching their attention at the start with your article’s lead.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Leading You Down the Wrong Path
The lead is stuff found in a pencil.
Lead is also what good Leaders do.
But lede is the first sentence in a story, the story grabber, the biggest advertising benefit, the catchiest or juiciest part of your story.
So, let’s begin this post again.
Getting It Right
You may have heard the phrase, “Don’t bury the lede.” You might think this is an ironclad rule in writing, especially when reporting events in blogs, websites, newspapers, and newscasts.
That is absolutely true.
The idea is that you put the lede – the catchiest part of the story up front. The idea, adopted well by successful marketers, makes sense. If you put the catchiest sound bite or part of the story or advertisement (a “punch line” if you will) in the middle, you’re burying the lead. You’re losing viewers by not catching their attention at the start with your article’s lede.
That is absolutely true.
Bonus Learning Tutorial for You!
I’m nothing if not helpful.
While it makes some sense that we think “lead” when we hear “lede,” I have another useful bit of news-writing–related knowledge to teach you.
The word news doesn’t come from writing about something that just happened, something that is “new.”
The word news comes from the acronym of these words: North, South, East, and West.
You didn’t know that, did you?
Armed with all this new knowledge, you’re really going to impress all your friends at the next cocktail party you attend!
For one, I do. If you want to discuss the triviality of knowing the correct lede as opposed to getting it wrong 100% of the time by thinking it’s lead, then get your own blog Buster!
As for me and my house, we know the importance of accurate language when trying to communicate with others. This is doubly true for writing, as opposed to podcasts and broadcasts (and Godcasts!), because today it’s more difficult to get something read than to get something heard. Public school graduates can barely read better than their public school teachers. This makes being accurate even more important.
When you write, who cares if you bury the lead?
Never ever bury the lede though.
We’d describe this week’s episode, but we’re too choked up!
Last Week We Went Dark – Hey, At Least You’re Getting Something Good this Week, Even if it’s Not an Official Bible Study but a Temporary Sabbatical!
- We’re moving servers and soon moving offices. Hey, we’re too busy to be messing with the likes of you!
- But since we care, here’s a cute little story. It’s a fairy tale told the right way.
Want to Master a Book of the Bible in under 10 Seconds? Now you can, click to watch this quick video!
Oh, and take a moment to:
Again this week, the book of the week… Let’s be honest and say it’s the book of the century, is this one, the only book ever written that’s 100% dedicated to archangels! (This is not a joke.) It’s God & Guns – Why I am Not a Pacifist: Kill Your Attackers in Christian Love If and When Required