Month: January 2013

How to Succeed on a Shoestring


How to Succeed on a Shoestring  is an e-book, available on  

When I first set about writing this short book my idea was, creating the lifestyle I wanted, why should a person interested in getting ahead have to spend huge sums of money looking for ways to do so? All too often we are inundated with promises of how to make large amounts of money online; unrealistic promises that are more often than not, unachievable and unsustainable. In so many of these cases the only one actually making money is the self-styled guru responsible for the program in the first place.

How to Succeed on a Shoestring sells at 99c. Yes, that’s right, only 99 cents and I don’t make promises. Why? Because I cannot guarantee that you will think and act in the same way as I do.

The book is designed to help you think outside of the box, to look for and recognise things that will interest you enough to want to investigate them further and so help move your life forward in a direction that is both pleasing to you and one you know you have the skills and ability to pursue and do well at.


How to Succeed on a Shoestring

But you have to put in the effort; no one else can do it for you. What I can say is if you apply the principles from this book, you will recognise the sense in what the information is saying and that it is worth far more than the 99 cents you will pay for it. This is how you will see the book on Amazon and the link to take you directly to it Amazon  Also the highlight word Amazon at the beginning will do the same.

I really hope you will get massive amounts from reading this book of about 51 pages.

Let me know how you get on, would love to hear from you.

To your success

Mike C. Smith

A Stress Remedy

Stress Remedy

All of us experience some level of stress, we need it to survive. However, too much can harm us so we need to stop the stress before it takes over and becomes a big problem.

Throughout history, man has searched for ways to find that elusive thing called inner peace. Unfortunately, in so many cases, drugs and alcohol have taken the place of more healthy and enlightening remedies such as various forms of meditation and exercise. A more extreme remedy might be to convert to Buddhism and go and live in a cave high up in the Himalayas.

All of the above, good and bad, will work momentarily, but drugs damage the brain, sometimes  irreversibly and alcohol, if not taken in moderation, is as bad if not worse. Drugs and alcohol can lead to violence,  drunk driving causing accidents, liver damage and death so any inner peace they might give will be very short-lived. A short-term fix from drugs and alcohol excess is just not worth the lifelong problems they are likely to cause.

Meditation is helpful but far too few use it, it’s far quicker to pop a pill or crack open a bottle. In fact, the time it takes to meditate effectively is not long, so those who say it is too time-consuming are fooling themselves. There is often the other excuse that finding somewhere peaceful to practice meditation is difficult. What about your own private bedroom? Put a lock and a Do Not Disturb sign on the door if there’s a problem with being interrupted.

Racing off to live in a cave high in the Himalayas could actually be your best choice. Lots of people are going on retreats into the mountains where they might not even be permitted to speak for a week. In the mountains you are closer to heaven, so God’s probably not too far away. The downside is, it’s cold up there, plus the food is toned down and there’s no company, or at least company you can speak to. As a popular choice we will probably have to rule that one out.

What options does that leave?

Well, here you are lucky because I have an answer for you.

Remember what I said in ?

Think of your mind being like a computer and you need a software security upgrade to tune it for the right results.

This is a FREE software upgrade to your mind, so what have you to lose? But before I tell you, let me mention that like a computer, which fills up with rubbish and needs defragging from time to time to get things in order, your brain is the same.

It has been allowed to become stressed and, like the computer, it’s full of rubbish and does take a bit of cleaning up.

So when you put this plan into action, DON’T give up in the first day or two, stay with it and you will cut your stress levels considerably and be a happier person as a result.

By the way, if you are smoking heavily or taking drugs and/or alcohol in any kind of excess, expect these activities to hinder your progress. Perhaps leave them alone while you try to bring your stress under control. You probably won’t even want to go back to them.

Just to give you some background, here’s a quote or two to get you thinking right.

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once said, “A man becomes what he thinks about all day long.”
And Proverbs 23-7a says: “As a man thinketh, so is he.”

Back in 1957 Earl Nightingale recorded `The Strangest Secret,’ for his staff. A particularly pertinent quote says, “We become what we think about.” In other words, whatever we allow into our minds is what makes us what we become. Just like your computer – put rubbish in and that’s what you will get out; put good things in and get good things out.

What it all boils down to is the need to develop the right kind of thinking and guarding your mind to stop rubbish from entering in the first place.

Now how do you go about right thinking?

One sure way is to practice certain words in your mind and this is something you can do any time day or night. These are stress-reducing words and are no secret; they have been around since the English language began.

Let these words become a habit with you – the results can be life-changing. Here are a few:
Thank you; I love You; I am blessed; I am so grateful; I love my family; I am so lucky.

There are others but these are enough for now. One of the most powerful is `I am truly grateful for…’

If you stop to think of all the things in life you should be grateful for, you will need a day to write them all down.

You can see that these words are positive in every way and will, with practice, cut  the stressful thoughts that clutter and bother your mind.

Develop your own lifestyle and have a very good day

Creating a lifestyle of Giving in 2013

Creating a lifestyle of Giving in 2013

We humans are funny creatures – we allow others to control our minds and our thoughts and even our world. Often, instead of thinking for ourselves, we allow the pack to rule.

Let me give you a few examples so you can see where I’m coming from.

Two years ago a riot took place in London, England. During this time people ran riot, looting shops and businesses and all hell broke loose. Some looters were people who should have set examples. One was a teacher, another, an ambassador for the forthcoming Olympic Games. These people, supposedly good citizens, threw decency and conformity out the window and ran with the mob. They allowed others to control their basic sub-human drive.

In the news today was the story of a young father involved in a boating accident where three of his friends died. People blamed him; he became depressed and hung himself, leaving behind a young family. The mob mentality got to him.

Hitler lead something similar. He stirred up hatred and brought evil to his leadership. As a result, millions of Jews, Russian soldiers, gypsies and disabled people were murdered. The mob ruled and the sub-human will take over.

Here we are at the beginning of year 2013. Have we changed over the last few hundred years during a time of considerable forward movement in technology and industry? Are we any more civilized than our ancestors? Read the news – mainly made up of murder, rape, financial cons and scams. Whatever part of the world you live in, can you say, “That couldn’t happen here.” Honestly?

It need not be this way. I believe the majority of people are good but the problem is that they don’t speak up enough. They sit back and comment to each other about the state of the family, the country, the world, but say and do little or nothing out loud where it can really be heard and felt. It’s cosier to debate the state of the nation in the office canteen, or over a meal with friends, or at the golf club, so we congratulate ourselves that we’ve had our say – and apathy reigns.

We can create our own separatelifestyles, whatever that entails for each person, but with this right comes responsibility. We are still a part of the suburb, the town, the country, so it’s our duty as much as the next person’s to do what we can to make sure that good outweighs bad in the neighbourhood and, subsequently, in the wider picture.

I urge people to create a lifestyle they enjoy, but that does not justify the development of selfish, self-seeking attitudes. These won’t bring any kind of lasting satisfaction and all the money in the world won’t guarantee fool-proof happiness.

It’s a fact that some of the world’s richest people are also very miserable. But it doesn’t always follow. Many other wealthy people are happy and, if you look closer, you will probably find these happy souls are, by nature, the world’s ‘givers.’ A closer inspection will usually show that they are truly grateful for what they believe they have been `given’ and, subsequently, what they are able to give.

True happiness is not just about having loads of money. Sure, if you don’t have much, some more will give you a short-term boost. But true happiness is an inside thing –  it’s being grateful for what you have, no matter how little or much; it’s in having family and friends to love; helping your neighbour; enjoying your work and getting on with those you work with; leisure time, good health, an excitement for life. It’s about helping others and having a kind heart and a listening ear; liking yourself, encouraging and supporting where it’s needed. That’s lifestyle. Strive for it and the rewards will follow naturally.

The point – don’t make the mistake of running with the pack. Be the person you want to be and live the lifestyle you aspire to, But, remember – being a giver is always and way better than being a receiver.

May 2013 be a good year for you.

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