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Confessions of a Self-Made Multi-Millionaire

  • WEALTHY: Finally -- Turn your Big Idea into a moneymaking business! (Michael Masterson)
  • HEALTHY: 3 natural remedies for high blood pressure (Dr. Al Sears)
  • WISE: Benjamin Franklin at his wisest: How to have a great day.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Where do you make love? Does it matter?
  • Add the word "capitulate" to your vocabulary

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One Way to Get Money for Your New Venture

By Michael Masterson

One way to get money for your new venture is to pitch your good idea, in the form of a sales presentation, to a prime prospective customer. If he goes for it, tell him you will start supplying him as soon as you get money to start your business.

That's basically what Scott Mitchell did to launch Learning Productions in Tempe, Arizona. According to Newsweek, Mitchell pitched his learning software to Avnet, a Fortune 500 company that had a need for the kind of product Mitchell wanted to produce. They liked his presentation so well, they not only gave him a big order, but also more than a million dollars worth of financial and other support needed to get the company up and running.

You can't do this with every new business ... but I spent a few minutes thinking about it and was surprised by how many types of businesses I could come up with that could be started this way.

"Early morning hath gold in its mouth."

- Benjamin Franklin

Rise Early and Catch the Golden Worm

By Michael Masterson

I zonked out at 10:00 last night and woke up seven hours later. I got up and stepped into the shower. Forty-five minutes later, I was in the office. It's 7 o'clock now, and I've already done 16 things.

For me, going to bed before midnight had always been unthinkable. It was capitulating to a dull life. But as someone's mother once told me, nothing good happens after midnight. And it's true. Ask yourself: Name one thing that you do and/or enjoy more after midnight that you can't do/enjoy better the following morning? No - not even that!

Every successful businessman I know (or have read about) gets up and gets to work early. It's such a universal trait of accomplished individuals, I'm tempted to say it is a secret for success. "Early to bed and early to rise," Ben Franklin said, "makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." I used to think that was propaganda from a Puritan. Now, I think it's an observation from a very wise man.

Healthy, wealthy, and wise. Today, let's talk about how getting up and getting to work early helps you achieve those goals - since my guess is that's the primary reason you read ETR every day.

In my experience, there is no better time to collect your thoughts and plan your day than early in the morning when the office is quiet. Not only are you undisturbed by phone calls and interruptions, but ahead of you is the potential of an unopened day. The solitude promotes a kind of relaxed, contemplative mood. You feel free to think in an expansive way. Later on, when the place is noisy and the pressure is on, it's difficult to pay attention to what's important. You feel your attention drawn in several directions at once. You feel the pressure of deadlines. And you may be hit with bad news, which could put you in a bad, unproductive mood.

A Near-Perfect Morning Routine

Over the years, I've studied hundreds and experimented with dozens of time-saving techniques and organizational systems. The simple four-step program that follows is the best of the best.

Step One: Getting Healthy (6:30 to 7:00)

The first thing I do every day is run sprints. After a four- or five-minute warm up, I run eight fifty-yard dashes, with 30 seconds of rest in between. Then I do a serious 10-minute stretching routine (Yoga moves, mostly). Finally, a cold shower and a fresh set of clothes. The whole routine takes about 30 minutes but it will completely renew and invigorate your health. This workout is a condensed version of everything I've learned about health and fitness for the past 45 years (I got interested in the subject when I was 10!). It has dramatically improved my health. For example, I no longer have back, shoulder and neck pain that troubled me for so many years. I am as strong as I was when I was playing football in college. And I rarely get sick. (You'll learn all about this program and why it works so well from ETR's health expert, Jon Herring.)

Step Two: Planning the Day (7:00 to 7:30)

I didn't always plan my days. I managed to get rich before I developed this habit. But since I've learned how to plan, my productivity has quadrupled. If you use this system, I'll bet you see the same improvement in your own life. I begin each day with a list of "to-dos" that I've usually created the night before. I add to that list by going through my inbox and selecting any items that are important enough to make it to my daily list. After my list is completed, I highlight all tasks that help me accomplish one of my major long-term Life Goals.

I used to scan my email for things to do, but found that I couldn't resist the lure of trying to "knock off" a bunch of little things that wasted my time and drained my energy. Now I scrupulously avoid email in the morning. In fact, I don't even open it up.

I check phone messages and faxes and add any important items to my daily task list. Again, I don't respond to anything at this point. My job is simply to organize it all, to figure out what you will do today and what you can delegate or do later.

Now, comes the fun part. Get out a clean sheet of paper - or even an index card - and write the date on top. Referencing all the inputs you have just gathered, select 15 to 20 that you intend to accomplish before the end of the day.

Be realistic. There is no way you can do more than 15 or 20 significant things in a 10-hour day. And you don't have to work more than 10 hours a day to accomplish everything you need.

Of the 15 or 20 items, highlight four or five of them. These should all be important-but-not-urgent tasks. (The urgent tasks you have to do. The important-but-not-urgent tasks are the ones that will advance your Life Goals. They are critical to your success, but you will almost certainly fail to do them unless you make them a priority. That's why you are highlighting them.)

To the right of each item, you might want to indicate how much time you think it will take. (I run a subtotal of the accumulating times to the right of that so there is some relationship between what I want to do and how much time I have to do it.)

As a general rule, it's a good idea to structure all of your tasks so that none lasts more than an hour. 15-minute and 30-minute tasks are best. If you have something that takes several hours to do, break it up into pieces and do it over a few days. It will be better for the extra time you give it and you won't get crushed on any one day.

This whole process takes less than fifteen minutes, yet it saves me hours of wasted time every day and - more importantly - helps me focus on what is truly important to my career. (At the beginning of the week, when I'm creating a weekly task list in addition to a daily one, I allocate a half-hour. Once a month, I create a monthly list that takes an additional half hour.)

If you adopt this simple organizing and planning system every morning, you will see how well it works. Before your colleagues, competitors and coworkers are even sipping their first cup of mocha, you'll have figured out everything you need to do that day to make you healthier, wealthier and wiser. You will know what to do, you will know what your priorities are and you will already be thinking about some of them. You will not have to worry about forgetting something important. And you will have a strong sense of energy and excitement, knowing your day is going to be a productive one.

Step Three: Give Your Day a Boost. (7:30 to 8:30)

Here's the best step. Select the single most important task of the day - the one, highlighted task that will best help you accomplish your most cherished life goal - and get to work on that.

Don't worry about if something else is more pressing. Don't pay any attention to what everyone else wants you to do. Heck, it's not even nine o'clock yet. It's your time, so spend it on yourself!

If you are having trouble figuring out what is the most important task, ask yourself this question: If I knew I was going to die in a week, which task would be most important to me now?

Start with that task and get to work on it. Chances are, it will be something that moves you toward a goal that you have been putting off for many years. There is something in your mind that has so far made it difficult for you to accomplish it.

Don't worry about the negatives. As I said, this time is for you.

If you spend the first working hour of every day working on something you deeply care about, it will give you more energy and a better feeling than you can possibly imagine. How do I know this is true? Because it's how I feel every time I do it.

This little three-step program is a truly health-giving, wealth-making, life-changing routine. It has totally transformed my life. I am sure it can do the same for you. Remember, the entire three steps will take you only two hours. If you start working at seven (and you should!) then you'll have done more by nine o'clock than your friends, colleagues and competitors do all day!

Try it tomorrow and tell me if it doesn't work wonders for you!

A Clever Way to Keep Track...

This system can be complemented by a file-indexing system that a famously organized newspaper publisher showed me several years ago. It requires two accordion folders. One with a pocket for each month and another with pockets for 31 days.

As you go through your e-mail or read correspondence and memos, put aside anything you want to follow up on. Place it in the pocket of the month in which you intend to address it. When that month arrives, there will probably be 30 or 40 sheets of paper stuffed inside. You sort through them and place them in some kind of manageable order in each of the days of the month. Then, as each day arrives, you simply extract from that day's pocket the material you've filed there. This is a very easy way to keep track of all your vital data and correspondence without resorting to large, messy stacks of paper.

Success Is What Happens When You Do a Little Bit Extra Each Day

I suppose it's possible for success to come in a single windfall, but most often it arrives bit by bit. My three-step morning routine is a way for you to make yourself super healthy and give yourself a significant advantage over the people you compete with.

It actually gives you four advantages. You are smarter, fresher and more enthusiastic which makes you feel better and enjoy your work. You get a whole lot more accomplished than you would otherwise. You drastically reduce or (some days) eliminate emergencies that interrupt you and drain your energy. And, most important, you spend a much greater percentage of your time doing things that move you along toward the goals you desire.

There is something about getting to work earlier that seems wiser, nobler, smarter, or just plain more industrious than working late. Getting to work earlier says something about being energetic, organized, and in control. Staying late leaves the opposite impression: You are diligent but disorganized, earnest but erratic, hardworking but a drudge.

In How to Become CEO, Jeffrey J. Fox puts it this way:

"If you are going to be first in your corporation, start practicing by being first on the job. People who arrive at work late don't like their jobs - at least that's what senior management thinks. ... And don't stay at the office until 10 o'clock every night. You are sending a signal that you can't keep up or your personal life is poor."

So here's your Action Plan for today. I want you to figure out, on the average, what time you have been getting to work each day. And I want you to promise yourself that you'll get there at least 15 minutes earlier from now on.

Don't fool yourself. If you've been trying to get to work by 8:00 but get there at that time only two days a week, admit that your starting time is 8:15 or 8:30. Then fix your new objective.

Fifteen minutes a day multiplied by 50 weeks is 62.5 hours of extra work. That gives you more than a full week's advantage over those you are competing against. You can accomplish a lot in a week, so don't underestimate what this will do for you.

It's not just about doing extra stuff. It's about getting a jump on things. Getting in early makes you better prepared, more thoughtful, better organized, and more effective in every area of your life.

Early to bed, early to rise. It will make you healthier this year ... and wealthier and wiser too.

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Beat the "Silent Killer" Without Drugs

By Al Sears, MD

High blood pressure - the "silent killer" - strikes without warning. And at least 20 percent of Americans with this condition don't even know they have it.

Once patients are diagnosed with high blood pressure, U.S. doctors are the most aggressive in the world at treating it, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They prescribe drugs earlier than doctors in other countries and are the quickest to prescribe more than one drug at a time. A remarkable 64 percent of American patients are on two or more blood-pressure drugs. And those medications have side effects, including:

  • Impotence
  • Fatigue
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Memory loss
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Persistent cough

Most patients don't need dangerous drugs. One of the most powerful ways to combat this epidemic is completely natural and without serious side effects. I'm talking about taking CoQ10.

My Wellness Research Foundation found that a vast majority of people with high blood pressure have very low levels of CoQ10. So I've used this supplement to wean hundreds of patients off drugs. Treated with 200 mg of CoQ10 daily, their blood pressure returned to normal.

Here are two other natural supplements to help you lower your blood pressure:

Garlic naturally widens your blood vessels and lowers your systolic pressure (the top number) by 20 to 30 mm Hg and your diastolic pressure (the bottom number) by 10 to 20 mm Hg. A German study revealed that garlic also lowers your cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fat). Look for a supplement that contains at least 3,600 micrograms of allicin (the active ingredient in garlic) per dose.

Vitamin C is another proven way to lower your blood pressure. One 10-year study showed that the lower your levels of vitamin C, the higher your blood pressure and risk of stroke. Another study found that taking as little as 250 mg a day cut the risk of high blood pressure by almost half - and it's very safe to take much more. I usually recommend starting with 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health. As Chairman of the Advisory Board to ETR's FREE natural health e-letter, Dr. Sears and a team of health experts will give you the latest information and progressive techniques about diet, exercise, nutrition, health and healing, pain relief, relationships and more.

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It's Good to Know: The Way You Sleep

The furniture store IKEA has done the world a great service by conducting a customer survey in which they determined that couples whose beds are placed in the middle of the room enjoy a more active love life.

Other interesting finds:

  • 15% of those surveyed sleep naked.
  • 40% consider their bedroom a sanctuary.
  • 55% would prefer a fireplace to a TV set in their bedrooms.
  • 59% prefer curtains to blinds or shutters on their bedroom windows.

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Get People To Send You Their Money!

Like it or not, money is important in our society. You need to take wealth seriously for your spouse and your children. When you set up a profit generating program and make it a part of your life everything else will improve...

  • You'll be more confident...
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Word to the Wise: Capitulate

To "capitulate" (kuh-PICH-uh-late) is to give up and accept defeat.

Example (as I used it today): "For me, going to bed before midnight had always been unthinkable. It was capitulating to a dull life."

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Michael Masterson
Copyright ETR, LLC, 2007

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