The day I was laid off from my job as an apprentice electrician I decided to really crack the code on how to get freelance writing jobs for beginners. I had time on my hands so I started with how to get work on upwork. Long story short, I built a business on Upwork but decided that freelancing on my own is better (read on to learn why.)
Why Upwork? If there is low hanging fruit, I’ll eat it. Right now, the only thing that gets me copywriting clients is Upwork with its repeat clients and a resume on Indeed for new clients.
I’ve been copywriting for my own business since 2002 but when I lost the day job and experienced a huge dent into my income I decided to go all in on this freelance writing business. Continue reading →
I’ve always been into prepping. From setting traps and tying knots as a kid, to my days in the Canadian Infantry. I’ve always invested in skills rather than stockpiles. But one day I realize the biggest threat facing me was surviving debt and increasing my economic self-sufficiency. … and I needed to fix it fast.
Today, we’re talking Success Principle No. 2, which is how to find your passion, your “Purpose.” Stated in the book, it says, “Be clear why you’re here. Decide upon your major, definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.”
Now, for me, my note is that people go a little too foo-foo here. So, for example, I don’t know why I’m here. I’m 40 now. I have no crazy, Ghandi-like purpose or passion that I know of. My main motivator is pretty simple. It’s making money, cutting obligations, and enjoying a happy life. So for me, phrasing it that way makes a lot more sense than to think of smelling crystals and burning incense and stuff. But anyways. To be on purpose means that you’re doing what you love to do and doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you, so that’s how I see it. So that brings up the integrity thing too. I’ll link to the integrity post right here; that’s a good one. Continue reading →
At the root of everything I write, this has become a conquest of happiness blog. All the goals we chase in life and all the things we pursue – have happiness as the seed of inception. These summary notes are the thoughts generated by reading books, listening to audio’s and putting one foot in front of the other.
Sitting on the side of a mountain, a boy and his father were on a bowhunting trip when a scene unfolded in the valley below.
The father pointed, “Do you see the wolves eating the deer from the rear up?
The boy watched fighting the desire to pull his eyes away, “Yes.”
“Do you know why they do that?”
“Do you think it is to let him enjoy life a little longer before they have to kill him? Maybe because they are sorry they are killing him?”
The boy watched the deer’s hind quarters crumble under it’s own weight.
“I don’t know,” the boy said looking away.
The father lit a cigarette, “They are keeping him barely alive so the meat stays fresh longer.”
The boy crunched his eyebrows and looked at his dad, “Is that why the factory gives us the weekends off?” Continue reading →
Pulled out the old Casio CTK-3000 keyboard today. Watched La-La Land and thanks to it’s killer soundtrack, our house has the piano bug again. Opened the box to find the AD-5 AC Adaptor was gone. So I started hunting around for the proper adaptor after looking in the owners manual and a bunch of googling.
Here’s the link to where I found it on Amazon after much running around locally here in Calgary Alberta. I called the usual music stores and they could order it in but I thought I might as well order it from amazon if I was going to wait anyway. I needed a USB-C to USB-A cable while I was at it to instal Kodi on my Apple TV.
Plus I can always use another book to read.
Might as well kill multiple birds with one stone.
I included a picture of the adaptor up there so you could see the info. You may be able to find an adaptor with the same stats around your house. You never know. You’re looking for a center negative, 9V 850 MA adaptor on a 120v source.
Why Not Buy A Universal Adaptor?
That’s what I thought. I went to Canadian tire thinking that if I got a universal adaptor I could cover all my adaptor needs instead of just getting the AD-5 Ac Adaptor for solely the keyboard.
What I didn’t know is that a lot of adapters have a positive center pole. This includes the universal adaptors. Guess what the AD-5 Ac Adaptor you need for Casio Keyboards has?
Yup. A negative center pole.
I Bought A No Name Casio AD-5 Power Adaptor
Why did I go no-name? If I ordered in the Casio one to a local store it would cost me $43 plus gas. If I ordered it from Casio On Amazon it cost $59. The no-name one cost $11 Canadian and had all 5 star reviews.
I’ll let you know how it all works out when the order arrives.
Chapter 5 Of Battlefield Barrens Book 1 – “The Face Of Evil” From the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)
Culler stood starring at a map scratched into the ground with the other platoon leaders, listening to the intelligence update from the lieutenant. The enemy was pushing in two areas, not just at their valley. Intel said an additional force of Mutes was also holing up in a small town just north of the valley.
Again, different tactics for the Mutes who preferred to skirmish and disappear. Now the Mutes were committing everything they had in the Barrens, and solidifying their forces in a town that the Grand Union wanted for future expansion. Continue reading →
Welcome to “Battlefield Barrens” book 1 chapter 4 of the Cullers War series (Valley Of Fire PT2).
Bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton except for this intro which is of course, the automated A.I. system that is now hacking your audio delivering device. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language. Continue reading →
Welcome to “Battlefield Barrens” Episode #3 of the Cullers War series called Valley Of Fire (original title “Napalm Death”). I’m bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton, that’s me. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language. Continue reading →
Harrod and I stood looking at the entrance to the bunker. Peering through the door, we met the stare of the man who was going to be in charge of our pain parade.
He just sat there, elbows on the table, hands clasped in front of his face, studying us. Then waved us in. The mute soldier pushed us inside and immediately zeroed in on Harrod. Predators can smell fear. He looked at the papers on the table in front of him and then back to Harrod.
In Brian Tracy’s book Maximum Achievement, he teaches the importance of the law of control which we’ll see involves both the internal locus of control and the external locus of control.
The law of control states “You feel happy to the degree to which you feel you are in control of your own life. You feel unhappy to the degree to which you feel you are not in control, or controlled by other factors or people”
People smarter than myself call this your locus of control. These smart people that write even smarter books all conclude that stress and unhappiness arise when you feel controlled by outside circumstances (external locus of control). Continue reading →
How To Prepare For A Bodybuilding Competition is the guide I wrote for winning my second show after losing my first bodybuilding competition.
Let’s get started…
What in the world were you thinking? Do you really want to spend twelve weeks starving yourself and going through every mental twist and turn of pre contest prep for your first bodybuilding competition? The only reward being to get a pat on the back or a silly little trophy? Continue reading →
If you want to finally get rid of flabby arms, and the sooner the better, this is how to do it. A nice lean set of arms will naturally happen as your overall fitness improves, but there is one specific exercise for flabby arms that I want to share today. This exercise, along with reducing overall body fat, will bring those arms into super shape and make you look forward to going sleeveless. Continue reading →
I was talking to the wife today about fiction vs nonfiction, and for the first time ever, she said the words, “You should write a blog post about that.” It took me by surprise because “posting to the blog” is something that happens with the door closed, at the end of the hallway. It’s a mysterious beast.
Seeing as how she’s usually right, I figured I better go ahead with getting the words to paper.
I’ve been nonfiction writing on fitness for the majority of my work since I’ve been personal training for 18 years now, but have begun to write fiction over the last couple of years.
Looking at other authors twitter account bios, websites and facebook pages was what prompted the chat.
In my opinion this is VERY important. If you are into getting in better shape, saving some money and helping the environment at the same time, then there is something for you (that you get) in this post that will solve many of your problems you are having with all three above. Continue reading →
Today I want to share with you some points on how to develop self-discipline. You know, when you finally decide to go for the future of your dreams, the person you are now will no longer be sufficient to the tasks ahead. You have to become more to have more.
Learning self-discipline is a personal commitment. There is no external method of tricking yourself. learning self-discipline is making a contract with yourself and not letting yourself down. It’s expecting the best of you.
Brian Tracy explains it best when it comes to success:
Once you have a goal and a plan, get going! And once you start moving toward your goal, don’t stop. Do something every day to move you closer toward your goal. Don’t let the size of the goal or the amount of time required to accomplish it faze you or hold you back. During your planning process, break down the goal into small tasks and activities that you can engage in every day.
You don’t have to do a lot, but every day, every week, every month you should be making progress, by completing your predetermined tasks and activities, in the direction of your clearly defined objectives. Continue reading →
My twitter account was suspended today. I logged in a couple minute ago and there was the red box. I just reconfirmed a feeling I’ve always had about business. Never build a business around a resource you don’t control.
When I was personal training out of a gym, I was worried that once I established my business I would get the rug pulled out from underneath me. Law of Attraction? It did. Continue reading →