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Remember two posts ago I was having problem with my recording and I said I was going to call the tech guys because whatever I did, didn’t cure the problem? Well read on….


I woke up with great hopes that I can sort out my recording problem and get on with the job.


It’s amazing how much hope and trust we put on the tech guys! It’s like they can perform miracles and solve any problem pronto!


Not so. I think we fail to recognize that they are only human after all and they are not by any means infallible. A lot of the times, they are not really as well trained as we think.


So anyway, having called the tech guys, I explained what my problem was, I mentioned that I had this thing called “echo canceller” which has now disappeared and I believe that is what’s causing the problem.


“Echo Canceller?” he asked, Yes, you know I had a little dialog opening on top of my mic icon in the task bar, saying “echo canceller is on”. Apparently, he had never heard of such a thing.


And he went on to tell me that if I have things disappearing from my computer, then I must have a virus and when I said I have virus protection he told me that virus protections are not that dependable. So what’s the point of having virus protection then?


Then he suggested that I should reload the factory settings on my laptop. What? These guys don’t seem to understand that after you’ve been using your computer for over a year and having installed hundreds of programs and software on it, reinstalling the factory setting is not an option unless that is the very last resort, following a real virus attack.


Then he tried to convince me that my recording software was corrupt!


So after forty minutes of useless conversation, he wasn’t able to help. Is this a real hell tech or what!


Before calling the tech guys, At that time I still had my echo canceller but it didn’t seem to be working, I searched on goggle for answers. I was directed to a site to get a free echo canceller.


But before you download anything they wanted to scan your computer, so I let them and they came up with some results showing out of date drivers and of course then they took me to the payment page. What! It said free download. Well it wasn’t free, I suppose only the scan was free and it had nothing to do with echo canceller anyway. Then the echo canceller disappeared alltogether. They must have somehow overwritten it with something else and I even lost something else that’s called “sndvol32.exe” which allows you to display your volume control in the taskbar.


I won’t go into details of how I finally managed to recover this file. But I was so frustrated by this time that I didn’t even want these scanning software on my computer especially because every five second it was telling me to download the drivers. So I uninstalled it.


Anyway I after I finished the call with the tech guys, I thought. “what if I just download the sound drivers?” these were all free from the manufacturer’s support site. Then I downloaded an acoustic canceller which I realised afterwards it’s not really much help in recording . I also downloaded a mic driver too.


Took me a while to download, install and run all these new programs and the result? Well, I still don’t have an echo canceller, but at least I can now record. However, the new recording sounds completely different from everything I’ve recorded until now and since I was in the middle of one of the muddles when the work came to a halt, it means that I have to do this muddles again from start.


Oh well, at least I can now get some work done! And I don’t think I need to be so much of a perfectionist either. I’ve heard recordings sounding much worse than mine and they were done by top professionals who make six figure income!

One of the lessons I teach in  my Internet Marketing course, I am still in the process of completing, is on competition.  In this lesson I recommend that you join your competitor’s mailing list so you can find out how they conduct their business and that’s a good way of learning from them, spotting their weaknesses and making them your strength.

 

This isn’t just something I preach, I  have been doing this myself for some time now.  As with many of the advice I give  in the course, I speak from personal experience.

 

But there is a downside to subscribing to many mailing lists.  You get shed loads of emails on daily basis.  Yeah, shed loads is actually an understatement!

 

Since I am on every one’s list, I get so many  email every day that keeping my mail box under control is almost a full time job!  last week when I went for my knee operation, I didn’t check my mail for about a day and a half.  

Do you want to know how many emails I had in my inbox when I checked?

Eight hundred and twenty five!!!

 

That’s a lot of emails in one and a half days don’t you think?  So the best way I know  to manage my emails is to put them in folders.

Apart from the deafault folders such as  inbox, junk, deleted and sent folders I have eighty three folders  that I have created for my mail.  If I don’t have time to read an email on the spot, what I normally do is to  move it to a folder and then read it when I do have the  time. 

 

Also some of the messages are too good to delete so I usually create a new folder and keep them there for future reference. 

 

But even though I am reasonably organised with my email management, I still think I should one day go in there and do a proper clean up.  I think I will do this soon as a spring cleaning project.  Do some serious deleting  and unsubscribing  because some of the lists I am subscribed to really get on my nerves these days.

 

I’d say one email a day from one list would be enough, but some of them send out messages every fifteen minutes!  That’s taking the piss!   Good job deleting only requires pushing one button!

I received some comments about this blog yesterday.  They were not left in the comments box on the blog, but emailed to me in  response to a business correspondence.

 

I thought they were unfair, untrue, irrelevant and rather brash.  Now those who know me know that I always welcome constructive criticism but I though this was a little malicious. 

 

And the fact that he went on to say “I hope my feedback helps you progress” was a little patronising.

 

First of all I didn’t ask for his feedback, secondly my blog didn’t have anything to do with what we were going to work on.  It just so happens that I have the blog address as my email signature and he clicked on it. 

 

Here are the exact words he wrote copied and pasted from the email:

  – the style does not read well

– there are quite a few syntax errors

– there is very little value from a business perspective

 

Ok.  Let me address each point.  The first one is about style, well this is a little cryptic to me.  What does he mean by style?  Is it the wordpress theme I am using? The colour scheme, the font or the style of writing?  In most cases, it’s a matter of opinion. 

 

I’ve actually been complemented on my choice of word press theme and the colour scheme. If it’s the fonts well,  its word press for God’s sakes, whatever font I choose it doesn’t make any difference, it just goes to whatever font is the default. 

 

If it’s the style of writing, again it’s a matter of opinion.  If you don’t like it, that’s fine with me, I didn’t invite you to read my posts anyway! 

Furthermore, the style I use to post on my blog does not  symbolize my writing skills and isn’t the same  style I would use when writing a business letter or a serious article.   

 

Blogs are personal logs and not business letters – just in case you didn’t know! 

 

But as for having syntax errors!  Eeerm! Da!  Not only it’s not true, but also what if it was?  This is a blog not a Thesis in literature!

 

And as for not offering much value from a business perspective! What is that? Another cryptic pompous comment that not only doesn’t apply here, it doesn’t even make sense.  Again, this is a blog. Not a corporate website.  

 

So I concluded I didn’t want to work with him anyway, Not if he thinks he has to give me English lessons!

 

And does he know that you should always start paragraph sentences with capital letters?

 

Oh well.  It’s his loss really not mine. I decided I didn’t really want to write for him especially once I found out what the subject matter was for his articles and the fact that he actually wanted them written in someone else’s style!

 

What you think I will sacrifice my identity to make a few pounds? 

 

That’s not my style! I challenge anyone who tries to belittle me with arrogant comments about my writing. Even in my humble appreciation of constructive criticism and though I am always critical of my own work,  I still think there’s not much wrong with my writing.

 

 I’m busy creating my own product anyway.

Eureka!  isn’t that a great word?  It sums up my experience with this project I’ve been talking about at length.  It sounds much nicer than simply saying “I found it”.

 

I am not going to run out of the bath and into the street naked like Archimedes! And it’s not really so much of  a new discovery but I am so excited and ecstatic that I can’t write fast enough to tell you about it.

 

I have found the solution. I have just found the way to overcome the obstacle that was getting me down and hampering the progress of my product creation.

 

And what’s more, As soon as I found the solution, I did my first video lesson, from scratch in less than an hour. How cool is that?

 

Funny thing is, I always knew about this solution, I just never actually explored it.   Only because I thought it may not work or it was completely out of my league.

 

But you know what? You won’t know until you try. And everything that may seem impossible at first will become a no brainer if you use your head and keep your cool.

 

I don’t mind telling you what’s responsible for this victory but allow me to savor the joy of keeping you in suspense for just a bit longer. I deserve the treat after all I’ve been through! 🙂

 

So I am now in full swing and getting on with my project with the aim to complete in the next few weeks. Hold on! a few weeks may seem a long time when you talk about it but really, the way days are turning into night and the weeks come and go so quickly these days, a few weeks fly by in a blink .

 

I have a lot to do and because of all the problems I’ve been facing which  delayed the launch of  my product, I now need to get on with it.

Do you believe in destiny? Do you really believe that your future is pre written and nothing you can do can change it for you? I don’t.

 

I believe that you can change your fate however you want. It’s up to you to set your own goals. It’s up to you to make the effort to achieve your goals and consequently write your own future.

 

The only thing you have little or no control over is your death. But let’s not get too philosophical about that!!

 

The point I’m trying to put across is that you have the ability, if you have the will, to change your circumstances and here’s how:

 

I’ve made my own law, to counter act Murphy’s Law; “if shit can happen, it will” And my answer to that is “So what! stop the shit  from hitting the fan and you’ll only need to do a little cleaining up!”   🙂

Now, The reason I’ve made this highly non philosophical observation is this: Yes it’s true that things can go wrong, but  the art of survival is to be able to stop the chain reaction by closing down or bringing to a standstill whatever it is that’s gone wrong in the first place.

 

There is always a way around the obstacles. It’s not always obvious, it’s not always easy and sometimes it prolongs the process, but again so what! What’s the rush?

 

So if you bear with me, I will get my product launched in  good time now that I’ve identified the problem.

I‘ve been so totally preoccupied with my project all the while that I seem to be in a dream state of late.

 

To give an example-Today, I put my lunch in the microwave and was staring out of the window while waiting. After I heard the “Ding” from the microwave, letting me know the food was ready, I opened the fridge to get my food!

 

That’s focused for you!!

 

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No development yet on the product creation front.  Still thinking of a way to get out of the deadlock I’m in.  You know, the synchronization of the audio and videos I’ve been talking about in my previous posts. 

 

Short of buying  another quite expensive software and then spending time to learn how to use it, I can’t see a way out. 

 

To be quite honest, I am getting to a point that I’m thinking what the hell am I doing here?  I’ve been trying to rush this through for launch but there is a lot to do and Sometimes things just don’t work out as quickly and smoothly as you want them to.

 

Sometimes you have to let events go through their own phase.  I suppose my Critically optimistic outlook on things and my acute impatience don’t really help matters much here.

 

But allow me to entertain my fantasy for a moment and imagine that we live in an ideal world where everything always turns out exactly the way we want.

 

If that were the case, I would’ve by now launched my product, had my prominent internet friends and connections promote it to their list and hundreds, even thousands of people were rushing for their wallets and credit cards to purchase my course. voila!  Fame and fortune for me. 

 

Yeah right!  If only it was that easy!

For days now I’ve been telling you about this cool product I am creating which is a series of videos, books and articles teaching internet marketing from scratch. 

 

I’ve been giving you graphic details of my struggles and triumphs so far.  And let me be honest, I have had some small victories until now and I value my victories because this is what keeps me going.  

 

It’s wining the small battles that make me dare to face the all out war.  It’s the little things that make me happy and allow me to carry on relentlessly.

 

The sad reality is that no matter how strong you are and how many battles you win; you still may ultimately lose the war. 

 

I say May, because as you know, nothing is certain but I believe that even if there is a 10% chance that I may succeed and win the war, I have to give it a try.

 

I never believed that you can get what you want without doing any work.  I am not lazy; I take action when I need to so why shouldn’t my dream become reality?

 

No one said life was easy! What  I always said is “ It’s only the first 100 years that’s hard.  It will get easier after that!”

 

And no one can say that success is automatic.  It’s not.  It takes a lot of effort and it takes a lot of guts to go for it.

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