Three Non-Typical Book Recommendations for the Entrepreneur

My Uncharacteristic Book Recommendations Whether you’re running a store-front business or an online enterprise, when the success of that business falls on your shoulders, then you’re most definitely an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are a special breed. Some come from families who seem to have that spirit in their genetic make-up – others find it when they realize they have dreams and ambitions that simply keep them energized day after day.

To my way of thinking the definition of an entrepreneur is difficult to pinpoint. There are bigger than life entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and then there’s the quiet entrepreneur that goes nameless to the general public but has a very dedicated list of followers due to the service they provide. [Read more…]

Race Car Driver Determination

DeterminationYou’ve certainly heard many words of motivation before. Words like –

* You must have a determined focus
* Dreams come true with determination, dedication, and self-discipline
* Determined people can’t help but succeed

But what do those words really mean and how can you make them work for you.

Let’s start with a quote from Mario Andretti, which will be our lead into today’s glorious words of wisdom for motivating you toward online business success. [Read more…]

Your Desk is Making You Fat, Dumb, and Happy

fat, dumb, and happyFor some time we have acknowledged that sitting for hours at our desks may not be the healthiest manner of working, but when you are a blogger or Internet marketer it seems to be one of the hazards of the job. Now it appears things are worse than we thought – research indicates that your desk may actually be making you fat, dumb, and happy.

I recently read an article in Inc. Magazine on the topic of how our desks are not only trying to kill us, but they are also making us stupid. Stupid! Think about that, while we spend hours coming up with ideas, writing our blog posts, and trying to be creative, our desks are actually making us stupid.

Here’s the link to the entire article “Your Desk Is Making You Stupid”.

As we work away, it appears we are oblivious to the subtle changes taking place in our minds and bodies. But fortunately the situation is not dire – there is a silver lining if we [Read more…]

5 Traits You Must Have to Win in Your Niche

mindsetIt’s no different than identifying the traits of a winning athlete, the traits of successful entrepreneur, or the traits of an engaging apprentice. Each champion, winner, or leader must gain a self-behavioral understanding to dominate their field.

When setting out to start a blog or niche website it is no different, as there are numerous traits that set winners apart from the crowd. We’ve all heard that today it is all about content, quality content, content your reader wants and needs. But how do you know when you are on the right path to finding that content? How do you know when you have gained the appropriate understanding? [Read more…]

Dreams on Target

cartoon-businessman-successAs I mentioned in a recent post titled “Do You Have a Determined Focus”- I have plans to rock 2014, plans to give my dreams deadlines to ensure that they actually do come true. See it’s a wonderful thing to have dreams and aspirations but that’s all they are if they don’t have deadlines for completion.

So today, right here, right now, I’m introducing a step in that direction.

Do you hear a drum roll? I think I hear a drum roll : ).

The title of this blog post is the title of my new newsletter – Dreams on Target and if you are fortunate enough to be a subscriber on my list you will find in your email inbox the first edition which was sent out yesterday. I will be sending out this newsletter once a week on Sundays if you would like to subscribe today you may do so at the bottom of this post. That would be really cool.

If you’re wondering how I came up with the title, I’ll first tell you it wasn’t easy. I brainstormed numerous names, ran through assorted synonyms, and scoured the web for ideas. It seemed to take hours. I went for a walk, talked to the dog, and then I thought about what my content would be, who I would be writing for, what was the purpose of the newsletter, and a light bulb went off.

My newsletter will be an extension of my two blogs, the blog you are reading now and my Positively You Can positive thinking blog. By using real life stories and events, I will expand on how they lend themselves to building online businesses. I’ll provide marketing insights and help give you direction for creating the business of your dreams, all while strengthening your positive mindset.

It’s going to be a fun read not some dry techie stuff, that’s not my style. By starting this newsletter I can be a bit more personable and write in a more relaxed style than I do in the blogs. It will also, I hope, allow me to get to know you better through your emailed comments. I’m excited about this new direction and I hope you will join me.

In a nutshell, Dreams on Target is about dialing in on where we’re headed with our online business, understanding our focus, fulfilling our dreams as successful entrepreneurs, and building our like-minded positive safety net all while staying on target.

Have you ever produced a weekly newsletter?

BTW: You really should sign up now.

~ Marilyn Thompson

Do You Have a Determined Focus?

focusHere we are at day three of 2014. Most everyone makes a big deal out of the end of one year and the start of another, reflecting back on their successes or mistakes of the year behind. They then set about carving out a new plan for the year ahead with great gusto – at least on paper. They tend to be filled with a renewed hope for the days ahead.

I’m of a different mindset when I look at my life and my business. I tend to consider the changing year when needing to write the correct date on a check, which anymore with online banking, is not too often. I don’t look at it by setting resolutions. See I consider my plan a continual work in progress, day after day, as I continually learn more and more.

When I started this business I had ideas up the ying-yang, I had so many ideas of what I wanted to learn, of what I wanted to do and accomplish that I really ended up accomplishing very little. I did learn a lot but my direction had limited focus. I made plans, devised schedules, and created to-do lists, and yes I had successes, but I now realize that I was fluttering about in too many directions and not focusing well.

Today though, I have what I call a Determined Focus.

I definitely have plans for 2014, plans to rock my business and add a considerable contribution to our household income. Something I’ve not been able to do since being laid off and deciding to learn much for heading in a whole new direction. This is definitely a position quite foreign to me.

I’m a person of great ambition, not in the ways of greed but more in the light of determination and advancement – advancement of who I can become. So the details of my 2014 plan are simply an extension of last year’s plan but with restructured deadlines.

See that’s something I’m focusing on more in 2014 – deadlines. We all have dreams, desires, ambitions, but to really make those wishes goals we need to give them deadlines. We need to wrap our thoughts around them one at a time and go about accomplishing each with a determined focus.

Having a Determined Focus means you set a clear path with a clear vision and you take action now. You do not allow yourself to become sidetracked, become discouraged, or to allow failure. You move forward with personal acceptance and allow guidance from those you want to follow.

My ambitious plan for 2014 includes:

  • Making this site Marilyn Thompson Solutions a place where you find support and guidance for perking up your blogging and entrepreneurial efforts
  • Molding my Positively You Can site into a blog where readers are filled with encouragement, strength, and leadership for developing a positive mindset
  • Building three micro niche websites on topics I can remain interested in, instead of grasping after wishful money-making sites that peter away
  • Getting my Kindle books written, I have three areas of interest and it will happen this year
  • Strengthening my writing business through “for hire” services and my PLR store, and each of my ventures through a weekly newsletter

It will be a year of winning by maintaining a determined focus, it will be a year to celebrate, and it will be a year to help you rock 2014!

Come on, join me on this ride!
Marilyn Thompson

5 Powerful Mindset Success Strategies

cartoon-businessman-successBuilding a successful Work at Home Internet business is a fantastic and challenging experience.  There are days when you are amazed at how much you were able to complete and others that leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.  Yes, I said it, but it happens to everyone at some point or another. What decides the difference?

Having a Positive, “Yes You Can”, Mindset

Now I’m not saying everyday will be super productive and that if you start chanting some kind of mantra that the riches will start rolling in. It doesn’t work like that no matter what certain sleazy marketers try to get us to believe. Building a successful business is hard work and it takes time.

But the deciding factor is your mindset. It truly is all about your outlook and your attitude. Simply put – if you believe you can – then you can. To coin the words of psychologist Joyce Brothers, “”Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success”.

It is all about mindset!

So how do you maintain this success attaining mindset?  By following five success strategies- let me outline them for you here –

1. Surround Yourself with Successful and Positive People

How do you feel when you’re in the company of negative people? You know, those who always find some kind of excuse for not completing some task or achieving some goal. It starts bringing you down – right?

So I say, stay clear of them, they do not belong in your business circle – even if they are friends and family. And this includes people you interact with online and in social media. We may not physically connect with these people, but they can certainly influence our mindset.

The influence people have over our own personal energy is amazing.  Moods and attitudes are so easily spread – think about how much of a difference a simple smile from a stranger can make for your day. When you have people around you who inspire you, believe in you and want you to succeed, there’s no room for doubts and even when they creep in, you have the power to sweep them away.

2. Decorate Your Work Area with Positive Affirmations

I’m an avid believer in sustaining positive thinking by placing uplifting quotes and wall art in your office and work area. Simply find words that resonate with you and place them where you will easily see them. These can be your own words, those of recognized individuals, or a combination of both. Motivational speakers earn big bucks reminding us over and over of the amazing power of positive affirmations.

When reaching for your own words they need not be grand insightful words of wisdom. Simply state something to the effect of “I am building a powerful and profitable business” and repeat it until you feel the power of positive thinking and it becomes your mindset.

3. Capture Your Negative Thoughts
We all have negative thoughts from time to time. If we allow it, these negative thoughts and emotions can derail our best intentions and prevent us reaching goals. So I say, capture them.

Capture them and figuratively place them in a paper bag and toss them out. Identifying negative thoughts may take practice and persistence, but try it. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or having negative emotions, find a trigger to turn them around.  Look back at your positive affirmations, find a favorite quick pick me up song, and take a walk outside to clear the air, or try exercising to help improve your attitude.

goals4. Reassess Your Goals
Sometimes we set our sights so high that our goals are simply not attainable in the timeframe we have set. Be kind to yourself and take a realistic look at your goals as a big picture and then with a shorter daily and weekly focus.

Make your goals attainable and you will succeed. Allow yourself to savor the rewarding moments when it all seemed to come together. Then take a look at what may have made the difference and focus on that. The law of attraction says that we attract what we focus on the most.

Have faith in yourself, believe in your abilities, and focus on your strengths.

5. Be Grateful
Gratitude is perhaps the single most powerful and positive tool for success.  When you’re grateful for all of the wonderful things and people in your life the challenges you face seem significantly less important and are more easily dealt with.

Consider keeping a gratitude journal and make a practice of entering into it daily.  That way, when you’re facing challenges a quick peek at all the amazing things in your life will make you feel as if you can tackle anything.  Additionally, an attitude of gratitude helps you maintain a positive perspective and to face challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.

Building a successful “Yes You Can” mindset is within your reach and with the right attitude you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Toss over these five powerful mind success strategies and you’ll build a fruitful business.

What is one of your positive mindset strategies?

comment now –

Marilyn T

Article Writing Submission Sites – A Writer’s Perspective

writing-for-moneyI’ve mentioned that in addition to my blogs and a couple niche websites I maintain, I also write articles for article submission sites. They don’t pay much per article but I figure it’s a great way to perfect my writing skills while blogging as their format is much different than blogging formats.

For the most part, the writing style they require is very rigid and orthodox, not open, friendly and inviting as I attempt to do with the blogs. I very much prefer the blog style of writing but the orthodox method keeps me on my toes.

I have had an ongoing arrangement working on a writing team with oDesk and we were recently informed that their client will be winding down orders soon and not have anything for us until after the first of the year. Yikes – really!

That news is certainly going to affect my income so I thought I’d better start investigating additional article submission sites to see what I can come up withas a replacement.

The good news is that I will have more time for maintaining my blogs, coming up with a plan for guest blogging, and get my freebies and book writing moving. The bad news is, well that’s pretty obvious – that bit of income is fading away so I need to replace it fairly quickly.

My article submission site mission –

So I’m going to be registering with a few sites and I will post my thoughts here about my journey. I’ll go through the requirements of registering, how the systems work, my likes and dislikes, and what kind of money I can be made.

oDeskSince I currently write for oDesk, let me tell you a bit about their system. After registering on the site, you set up your user profile stating a bit about your background, interests, and qualifications, and then you must pass the oDesk Readiness Test.

You then need to pass a series of proficiency tests regarding English grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and the like. Their scoring is pretty rigid so as to hire a skilled workforce, which means giving two or three wrong answers will mean failing the test. These tests are also timed which plays a role in your overall score.

When your account is approved you can start applying for jobs. You’re limited to just two job applications at one time to start with and this can increase by passing more tests and receiving positive feedback scores.

The dashboard is quite user friendly and easy to navigate. When working as a team member there are individual requirements aligning with the focus of that team. When applying for specific jobs you do so directly with the person posting the job. Payment for jobs is based on an hourly rate, the assignment, or a negotiated amount for a series of assignments. Payments to me have been prompt, correct, and the topics for the most part interesting.

On Second Thought –

u-turn-change-direction-arrow-signOkay, this is not such a good plan. That was quick wasn’t it? I didn’t even get this post published before I’m changing course. Let me tell you why.

I decided to check out a few of these sites while I was writing this post and oh my, what a bunch of trash. There are warning signs everywhere about poor payment. These are the sites I looked at: – I applied and will hear back within 24 hours. They appear to be one of the legit operations. The verdict is still out on this site.

ContentBlvd – They claim you can be paid $12 to $48 per article submitted, which makes me skeptical to start with, plus they come right out and say that they don’t use many of the articles submitted and currently have only 145 available. Reviews also state that it is near impossible to earn any kind of money – so leaving this one alone! – With Helium you select your topics to write about from the assignment dashboard, submit your article, and then wait for other writers to rate it. You also have to rate other writer’s articles in order to be paid and reviews state that the quality of writing is subpar. Scratch this off the list! – This is a site where writers submit articles and buyers browse articles to buy. If your article is selected you may get paid. It does not say how they measure how much an article is worth nor what your percentage is. So this is out because I like to know up front if I’m writing for free or not.

There are others I’m looking at but my main focus will continue be my blogs, websites, and other writings.

What have been your experiences working for article submission sites for pay?

comment now –

Marilyn T


Toxic People – Do You Allow Them to Seep Into Your Environment?

mindset questionI’ve been thinking about comments I’ve read on various Facebook posts, Twitter feeds, and assorted blogs and one thing began to jump out at me. Why it took so long I don’t know, because it shines like a beacon. There it is like child having a temper tantrum just to get attention.

Toxic people making toxic comments

They can be so very subtle that you really don’t notice at first and that’s when their toxicity can seep into your environment. If you pause to think a moment you’ll find that you know the type. They tend to comment about how slow their day progressed or something someone else did to alter their course.

They may even post lambasting comments about the actions of others they know only by being Facebook friends. That’s an interesting concept in itself, as they obviously are not the type of friend I care to associate with. I actually wonder how they consider themselves “friends” with the other individual at all.

My point is this; many of us read these comments and allow them to alter our direction. We start to think too long on the comments they’ve made and it slows us down or worse we begin to agree. So my unsolicited advice is to ignore them.

Recognize the actions of toxic people and look away

Just stop reading and ignore them, figuratively just walk away. Don’t give them a moment of your time because you recognize the toxic smell and are worthy of better. Surround yourself with positive energy and it will come flowing back.

How did I come to decide on this post today?

Well, it comes back around to mindset and understanding where yours is at any given moment. I find that it’s easy in the blogging and internet marketing business world to get deterred by those who appear to be doing better than we are who appear to have greater success or more traffic than we do. It’s an easy trap to fall into and it can totally derail the most positive mindset.

Mindset is all important

Your mindset makes all the difference – it can make you feel powerful or powerless. Treat it like a magic elixir. A positive mindset guides you to follow creative, helpful, energized people. It helps you investigate how they got where they are, what paths they chose and how you can do similarly. Notice I said similarly because you must always put your own spin into what you do. Find your own voice, your own personality, and let it come through.

To quote the wisdom of the great Les Brown, one of the best motivational speakers ever – “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

Toxic people are not part of your environment because – well because you don’t have time to entertain their negativity. You have a business to build, a dream to follow, and you surround yourself with people who give you strength and guidance.

I’m on that road, want to follow?

comment now –

Marilyn T

Can You Stick To It?

success key in handDiligence

Diligence can mean a lot of things, but in this case it means your ability to complete your tasks from start to finish.

One reason some entrepreneurs fail is the fact that they get half an idea and then rush into the production phase of their business. That’s like putting the cart before the horse.

This is part 5 of a 5 part series. [Read more…]