It’s Not about the Instrument


On my own, I’m not very comfortable with telling the world “Hey, everyone, I wrote a book.” or “Hey, Look at what I’m doing!”

But as I was sitting in church one Sunday, the Lord made me realize that the message He’s given me is not mine. It’s His message and He just asked me to be the one to get it out to the world. It’s not about me. Therefore, I’m promoting His message and so I just need to get over any anxiety I have about it and get the job done.

Imagine yourself being a flute in a symphony orchestra. No one listens to a symphony and walks away saying “that flute did an amazing job!” No. They say the flute player was outstanding or the music was beautiful.

The Lord is the flute player and I’m just the instrument that desires to be used by Him for His glory. The music is the message. It’s not about the flute.

Is there something on your heart that you know you’re supposed to do? Don’t hold back in fear of being seen as self-promoting. It’s not about the flute. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about the master musician and the beautiful music that the world needs to hear.

Allow yourself to be used by Him.

Write that book. Start that blog. Compose that song. Whatever it is get it done.

Do you ever feel like you fail at goal setting?

Can I be honest with you?

I’ve read so many books about goal setting and achieving goals, being productive and focused yet I’ve failed so many times.

I find myself being busy, but not always on the most important work.

I work from home and I wouldn’t change that for anything, but having a 19 month old clamoring for my attention at all times makes it challenging to get things done.  Even as I write this he’s climbing all over me.
Over the years I’ve set goals and failed to meet them and then felt like setting goals wasn’t for me.

But I can go back into my journal and see where I’ve written down some pretty major things and I’m living out right now what I wrote in my journal.  So I’m not a complete failure.  🙂

I will always be a student of how to be more productive because time is precious and I think setting goals is important, but I no longer let it bother me if I fall short.  Because as I look back over the last 10 years of having my own business I can clearly see that I’ve progressed.  Business is better than it was and I’m doing work that I love.

So let me encourage you if you feel like you’ve been a failure at setting goals.  Your goals can be in pencil which means they can be revised.  The important thing is to write something down, take action on it, and review those goals often.  If 3 months down the road you need to change the goal do it and don’t feel bad about it.  Just keep moving forward.

Here is a link to a Goal Setting Workbook by my friend Dan Miller –  I encourage you to go through it and fill it out.  It’s really good and will help you set goals for next year.  I can’t believe we’re only 6-1/2 weeks away from 2019!!!

Have a blessed week!!


Write it Down

There’s something powerful that happens when you write down your dreams and goals.

It’s like you become a magnet for those things.

What do you want in life? Write it down.

What do you want your life to look like 5 years from now? Write it down.

Where do you want to travel? Write it down.

What are the dreams you had when you were younger that you would still like to accomplish? Write it down.

You’ll be amazed at what the practice of putting it down on paper does for you.

But just don’t write it down and forget it. Maybe make a vision board with pictures. At the very least, though, look at what you’ve written down often. It will stir you up to take action toward those things.

On May 29, 2012 I wrote in my journal about the amount of money we had given to our church by that time.  It was quite a significant amount to us.  I had also been listening to a sermon by Jerry Savelle called “Pursuing God.”  In that message he references the book of Haggai.  Haggai was a prophet to the Jewish nation after they returned from Babylonian captivity.

In Haggai 1:2,3 it says “This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’”

Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

In Dr. Savelle’s message he said that if you’re being faithful to give to the Lord’s house that you can expect God to take care of your house.  We took that message to heart and prayed about a new house.  I also wrote in my journal on that day “I have been sowing into God’s house so we know that He’s going to take care of our new house.”

At the time we were living in a 1200 sf rental home.  It was the perfect place for us for 3 years, but we knew we were supposed to dream bigger.

Fast forward to November of 2012 (just 6 months after my journal entry) and we found an amazing neighborhood in one of the most affluent cities in the whole country.  We walked into the model home and inquired about building a house in that new neighborhood and as we expected the price was WAY more than we could afford.  So we moved on.  A day or two later my wife got a call from the sales manager of the builder we had talked to.  She told us about a 3100 sf spec home that hadn’t been built yet, but that because it was already planned out and because the neighborhood was so new we could get in at a much more affordable price.

It still felt like a stretch, but after much prayer we felt lead to buy it and it’s the home we’ve been living in for the last 5 ½ years.  Had we waited even a few months longer we would not have been able to afford it at the time.  We were in the right place and at the right time.

I cannot emphasize enough the power of writing down your dreams and goals.  Just do it and watch what happens.

How to 2x or Even 3x your Sales this Q4

Q4 is quickly approaching and with a plan of action you can expect to double our even triple your sales compared to the rest of the year!

But, how do you make the most of the best shopping season of the year?  If you’re a newer seller where do you even start?

In the Proven Q4 Plan we’re going to show you exactly where and equip you with the tools and resources needed to make this your best Q4 yet.  You might be wondering how to find profitable inventory, how to keep the momentum going beyond Q4, where to start if you’re on a budget, or even how to source without having to go from store to store.  All of this and more will be covered in our Proven Q4 Plan Group.

Here’s what you get when you join us for the Proven Q4 Plan:

·       An exclusive Q4 bootcamp – We will cover Amazon selling from A to Z so whether you’re brand new or have been through several Q4s these will benefit you.

·       Weekly training webinars – beyond the bootcamp we will have multiple weekly live webinars and videos to keep you motivated and encouraged.

·       Amazing supportive community – the leadership team we have assembled truly cares about your success and we’re eager to help you succeed.

·       Private Facebook group – this is the place to ask any and all questions you have. There are no “dumb questions” and our team will be available to help you here.

·       Free access to our proprietary Sourcing App – One scouting app to replace all others.

·       Free access to our proprietary Seller Software – One stop shop for all Amazon Account management tools including accounting, feedback generation/management and keyword research. Over 12 additional tools and resources as well.

·       Deals – like past groups we will have WhatsApp groups dedicated to the sharing of product leads. Our leadership team will be posting deals as well as those posted by fellow members of each group.

Reserve your Spot Today –

How Christie Consistently Sells almost $10,000 per Month from a Simple Shopping List

What does every online seller need?

Inventory, right?

Well, doesn’t finding inventory sometime feel like a hustle?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a steady, consistent stream of sales from replenishable inventory?

That’s exactly what my friend Christie has and she sells almost $10,000 per month in predictable, replenishable inventory.  This means Christie has more time to spend with her husband, grandkids, and working on ways to expand her business like wholesale and private label.

Christie is going to talk about how she does it on a webinar this coming Tuesday, July 17 at 7 pm CT.  You don’t want to miss this!  Reserve your spot here –

Also, just for being on you’ll get a crazy awesome free gift!


Are you going to the ASD trade show in Vegas at the end of this month?

Join me as we walk the floor at ASD to look for private label opportunities.

Did you know that you don’t have to source private label products in China?

Wholesale companies are a great source for private label and where can you find gobs of wholesale companies? That’s right…ASD.

If you want to see how easy private label can be, join me!

This opportunity is limited to a very small number of people so jump in right away to reserve your spot –

Can’t make it to ASD?  We have a non-attendee package that you can take advantage of where we’ll teach you how to source from trade shows from the comfort of your home.  Grab it here –


Let Us Show You How Easy Private Label Can Be – Join Us at ASD!

Are you going to the ASD trade show in Vegas next month?

Join me and my team as we walk the floor at ASD to look for private label opportunities.

Did you know that you don’t have to source private label products in China?

Wholesale companies are a great source for private label and where can you find gobs of wholesale companies? That’s right…ASD.

If you want to see how easy private label can be, join me and my team!

This opportunity is limited to a very small number of people so jump in right away to reserve your spot –

One Word is your Key to Success in 2018

With every possible business model there is and all the great courses and content, how do you do it all? You don’t.

It’s so easy to get distracted by it all and being a good multi-tasker is not the answer.

Your key to success in 2018 can be summed up in one little word….Focus.

Rather than try to accomplish 50 things this year what are the main 3-5 things that you absolutely want to see happen?

For me it’s easier to think about what I want to accomplish by April 1 rather than December 31. I tend to put off long term things and then never get around to them, but a 90 day goal is something that I can focus on. But even 90 day goals won’t happen unless you take daily action.

For me I need a system to keep track of this and what I currently use is Trello ( and it’s Free! I’ll do a video explaining how I use it and share it with you. I’m always looking for ways to be more productive and I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m learning and I’ll share with you what is working right now for me.

6 Little Bullet Points

Can you believe it’s the end of another year?

As 2017 wraps up it’s time to start thinking about 2018.

What do you want it to look like?

During my morning quiet time back in January 2009 I wrote these 6 little bullet points in my journal under the heading “My Dream Position:”

  • Flexible Hours
  • High Pay
  • Work from Home
  • Vacation time whenever I need it
  • Great people to work with
  • A cause, mission, vision I love and am passionate about

Our business was still in its infancy. I had no idea at the time whether or not it was going to work. So I was still checking out job websites and exploring other options. My dream was to be in business for myself, but I also had to make sure I could take care of my wife.

Fast forward to 2017 and I’ve been living this dream for several years now. I never had to go get a “real job” and our business has expanded every year since. It doesn’t look anything like it did back in 2009. I’m not quite at the 4 hour workweek, but I really can work as much or as little as I want to.

My wife and I just had our first child back in April and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be able to be home and experience every single moment of his little life. My work fits into my lifestyle, not the other way around which is the case for most people.

What are your 6 bullet points?

Write them down.

After you’ve done that I encourage you to look at them often. There’s something about having a vision (more on that in a few days) that motivates us and keeps us headed in the right direction.

To Your Success,


P.S. Get a free copy of my book “Living the Multiple Income Streams Dream” here –

You Can Create Multiple Streams of Income – FREE Webinar

Multiple streams of income.

We’ve all heard that phrase, but how do you actually do it?

One way is to teach something you’ve learned or a topic that you’re passionate about.

Maybe you have a book inside you but aren’t sure where to start. Maybe you’re thinking that it would be awesome to get paid for some knowledge you have, but have no idea who would pay you or how to even go about it. Or maybe you’re already a coach or mentor and want to expand your reach.

No matter where you are in the process, I’d like to invite you to a free webinar that Jenni Hunt and I are doing to help you explore how you can monetize your passions and talents.  It’s this Wednesday, November 1 at 7 pm CT.

Register Here

THE Absolute Easiest Way to do Retail Arbitrage – Replay

Are you planning on doing retail or online arbitrage this Q4?

If so, the webinar I hosted with Danny Stock is a must watch. He provided amazing, actionable content that you can use right now.

Have you been taught to scan everything? That method is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.  What if you could get in and out of a store in under an hour and walk away with thousands of dollars in profitable inventory?  How much would that revolutionize your Q4 and your whole business?

Watch the replay here –

To your Success!


P.S. If you want to work closer with Danny and his team and learn even more tips that will skyrocket your Q4 success then check out his Amazon Legends group or join him in the Proven Q4 Plan groups.  If you want both you can get 25% off the Q4 Plan groups. Just send an email to with your paid receipt to the Legends group and they’ll send you the discount link.

Travel the World for FREE!

Would you like to travel the world for free?
Of course you would! 

My friend Keith and I had fun on the webinar where he showed exactly how he does it.  This summer Keith spent 21 days in Europe….COMPLETELY FREE!

And the last 2 summers he traveled for 14 days each time for free!

Here’s the link to the replay –

And if you want to grab a copy of his book where he goes step by step into more detail click here –
He has given my audience a special discount.

Is it Possible to Work Less and Make More?

Things have gotten crazy busy around my house. My wife, Melane, and I just welcomed our first child into the world a few weeks ago. The weeks and months before our son was born were pretty intense as well – getting everything ready along with weekly doctor’s appointments.

You would think that this schedule would make it impossible to move my business forward, but the truth is our business has never been better.

I give God the glory for this and the key has been FOCUS.

Having less time to work has caused me to really focus on the most important things in my business and those things that only I can do. The result has been the best few months our business has ever seen.

One tool I use all the time to stay focused is Trello. Here’s a video I made for my Private Label Mentoring Group that I wanted to share with everyone –

The weekend is a good time to evaluate where you are in your business and what you spend your time doing. I encourage you to look at your daily activities. Are they things that are the best use of your time? If not, hire those out and focus on the items that only you can do. That’s when you’ll see a massive difference in your business.

Is Private Label one of your New Year’s Resolutions? I’ll Show you the Easy Way

Happy New Year!

2017 is a fresh start.

What do you want for your business this year?

If selling physical products online is a major stream of income for you then I encourage you to take a look at private label. In my opinion it’s the best way to build a long-term, sustainable physical product business.

Imagine having no competition on your listings. Imagine products that are replenishable month after month. Imagine products that are immune to Amazon’s brand restrictions.

And best of all, private label doesn’t have to be hard and no, you don’t have to source overseas.

If you didn’t catch the webinar Jenni Hunt and I did last week you can watch the replay here –

During the webinar we kicked off a 2017 special promotion of our Private Label the Easy Way Mentoring Program. You can check it out here –

Amazon Sponsored Ads Explained and How to Optimize your Listings to Crush Sales

Amazon sponsored ads can be so confusing.

How do you know what keywords to use?

How do you know what cost per click to set your campaigns at?

I am not an expert in Amazon Sponsored ads, but my friend Mike Russo is and he’s going to be sharing his knowledge on a live workshop this Tuesday, December 13 at 8 PM ET.

Please register for it even if you can’t make it live as it will be recorded.

Reserve your spot here –

Do you remember my friend Abe Ortolani’s recent Data Mining workshop?

Well, Abe is back for round 2 and it’s going to be even better.

Abe will detail:

How to easily find bundling and private label ideas

How to easily find the suppliers

How to use Amazon’s data to optimize your listings for increased sales

And Much More!

Abe’s workshop is Thursday, December 15 at 8 PM ET, but register if you can’t make it live as it will also be recorded.

Reserve your spot here –

Have a great weekend!

Spend Less Time Sourcing = Make More Money

You know I’m all about private label, but when my friend Danny told me about his retail arbitrage strategy it made me want to head out and hit the stores.

Imagine being able to walk into a store and within minutes have hundreds of dollars worth of profitable items.

Imagine no longer spending hours in a store and finding nothing

Imagine no more aimless scanning of product after product, but rather having an actual retail arbitrage strategy.

Well with Danny’s strategy you can and he’s going to spill the beans on a live workshop this Tuesday, December 6.  Register for it even if you can’t make it live as it will be recorded.

Danny used this exact strategy last year to sell $365,000 PART TIME through products he sourced on his lunch break!

Do Not Miss This!

I promise it will revolutionize how you source products.

Reserve your spot now –

See you in the workshop.