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Learn to Throw

Well I spent a lot of the end of this week pushing myself to finish the first book in my how to yo-yo series called “Learn to Throw”. Wednesday I spent a couple of hours writing down what I felt I needed to accomplish to be finished, researched a few website that I could potentially publish on, brainstormed where to take the first book.

Thursday was my hard working day. I woke up, spent an hour focusing on personal development (some audio books I stumbled across thanks to Russell Yermal), and then got dressed for business and headed down to Moxie Java with my laptop. I figured if I was going to be working on my book what better place than a coffee shop to keep me awake and get me into a groove. (My friends think I was being too cliche, I think they need to try and write a book without easy access to coffee.) After seven hours (got there at 11) I left Moxie Java for a Ren Faire Committee meeting (I’m behind on putting together their website, opps!) laptop in hand. Everything I wrote down on Wednesday that I needed to do to feel I was finished I had checked off except for the Acknowledgements page, the copyright page, and the index pages. Today I finished all of that except for the index page which I’m pretty sure I don’t need anyways.

One of my more recent decisions with this book is to publish it initially as an eBook but allow myself the option of selling physical copies if people want one (or two, or five). So I looked around and have been considering using Lulu.com to get started. I am also considering Amazon but considering how I can’t find any links on their website on ‘how to publish your book on amazon’ and how Lulu has a big old button on the top left side that says “publish” I think they’ll be getting my attention first.

Learn to Throw Sneak Peak

There are a few things I’d like to do before I publish it though; I have a friend at the Messenger Index here in town, Erika Harmon, who is their editor who offered to edit the book for me when it was done (she actually edited it as a transcript last year). I’d like to get her the current pdf and make sure I’m not overlooking some idiotic error. Another friend of mine, Adam Haroun who is brilliant with graphic design offered to help me out if I ever needed it and I’d like to see if he can make the cover really pop (since I’d be printing the book too, I want it to catch eyes on shelves 🙂 ). He’s amazing by the way and he’s got his own graphic design business started, you should check it out if you ever need help with graphics, I’m pretty sure you can find it through his site http://www.adamharoun.com/.

I do have a few pictures of me in the book that I didn’t take that I need to ask permission to use and I would like to add a few ‘title pages’ introducing different sections of the book and lastly an updated bio that will make clear who I am, what my mission and vision are, and how to get a hold of me for help and such. After that I’m done! I can move on to writing book two for the intermediates and possibly even recording video to go along with the book. I’ve even been told by Justin Burns who I was on the Go-Giver Tour with to record an audio version of the book, he says it’s huge these days. I’m still not sure… Yo-Yoing is a rather visual hobby… I still think video would work better. What do you think?

I’ll be letting you guys know more about the book as I get closer to publishing it, it’s over due, should have been done last year, but I’m happy that I took the advice I’m always getting to ‘just freaking do it’ and that I did it. If you’re interested in buying the book at all let me know, I’ll make sure to email you when I have more info on how to get a copy for yourself or your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, etc 🙂 Have a great weekend folks!

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Freestyle and Biz

Hey everyone! Last night I had the opportunity to perform a yo-yo freestyle (demo) at an event called: “An Evening of the Arts” here in Emmett, ID. It was a benefit event for a local high school student, Tommy Lukrich, who was raising money to help send him to an audition to be in Juilliard. I had a great time performing, the audience was really responsive without prompting (the way it should be) and after the demo I answered a few questions from the audience about yo-yo projects I’m working on (how-to book, clubs, etc) and got to watch some of the other acts for the night.

Just wanted to share the video of my Freestyle (which I got Tommy to record, thanks again Tommy! 🙂 ).

Also decided to start showing DTIstore.com some love; it pales in comparison to themikemonty.com and I don’t think it should, in my opinion it should make theMikeMonty.com pale. But that’s what I’m going to be doing, getting the site tuned up and ready to fly. I also have a lot of plans for the company to, started a mailing list for the monthly newsletter, member of the list get a chance to win a free shirt once a month. We’re gonna start doing a monthly yo-yo video contest too, we tried it out back around june of 2009 and had a few entries and people seemed to really enjoy it. And the final three irons in the fire for now are yo-yo related. 1) We’re in the process of manufacturing our very own yo-yo that will be called the BaseBoost. We’re looking for quote on production and are moving towards prototyping. 2) We are starting the process of making one yo-yo related shirt per month. and 3) I’m going to be publishing my how-to yo-yo book as an eBook to raise funds for physical printing as well as the yo-yo manufacturing. The book will “published by” DTI. 🙂

That’s it for now. Later folks!

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Been Sick

Been sick all last week I think since Monday or so… Been trying to get rest to get better; the book club is tomorrow (Tuesday) and I’d like to be feeling at least healthy when I wake up for it at 6am. Not much else to write, I’m going to be sleeping in today (Monday) once I actually go to bed so I can take advantage of the holiday to get some more rest. When I wake up I plan to clean a little, read a little, and write a little. For now, time to sleep 🙂

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Laptop is Back

Finally got my laptop back the other day 🙂 The video I posted yesterday was basically to celebrate that. Didn’t get too much done today though; woke up with a sore throat and basically and entirely sore body. Spent the whole day resting, hoping to feel a bit better by tomorrow since I have three meetings tomorrow 🙂 Not much to say today because of this, so I’ll not waste your time, later!

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How to Untag Someone on Facebook

This video shows you how to untag someone if you were to accidentally tag them in a Video, or picture, or note (It can be used for anything that you tag a person in).

This was requested by mssmeetz1980 on YouTube: “How about if you tagged the wrong person in a video how do you untag them? Please let me know asap? Thanks.”

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A New Week

Well I took a break from writing my post yesterday and spent the day working, teaching kids how to yo-yo and ended the day by spending it with my friends. Spent a lot of today catching up on sleep from waking up at 5:30am all last week (I’m actually going to continue doing this, but I’m going to go to sleep earlier to compensate for being tired by noon 🙂 ).

I need to start structuring out my life so I can achieve my 5-year goals so I’m going to take some time once a week to write down and update weekly, monthly, and yearly goals to get me to point B five years from now.

So for this week I will start out with a to-do list, and then move up to weekly goals as I get better at this concept :).

  1. Have the first Giveaway for those who joined the DTI Newsletter and send out said newsletter.
  2. Promote the B-Cubed Book club at least once a day, distribute flyers around town, and send out emails to people who can spread the word better than I can.
  3. I need to either revise or remove the history portion of the first How To Yo-Yo Book I’ve written; it’s been a crutch to my getting the book published for too long.
  4. I need to get a prototype of my Yo-Yo or at the very least make arrangements to have it to me this week, that way it will be here for testing by the middle of next week.
  5. Sell or giveaway my first set of vending machines.

To me that’s a good stable start, I’ve done daily tasks before but these are all what I feel would be good stepping stones to bring me closer to my goals. In the meantime I’ll try to reverse engineer how to get to where I want to be so I can take more appropriate actions. I’ll also be reading a load of books, wish me luck! 🙂

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Reading and Friends

Spent most of today reading ‘Make today Count’, a book that I’m planning on sending to a few friends and some family members, it has a lot of good information about self development, lots of stuff that reminds me of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and If You Think You Can, You Can.

Other than that I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my friend Cody, tomorrow morning I have the Monthly GEDA Meeting and I will be meeting with the manager of the local Moxie Java to see about starting up a monthly business book club for local entrepreneurs and professionals. Until tomorrow!

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Aaaannnnndddd … 20!

Well suddenly I’m no longer a teen and because of this I feel like I can no longer make any excuses, though I shouldn’t have been making them anyways to begin with I’m no longer going to use my age as a crutch; this will be the most productive year of my life to date, my first yo-yo will be manufactured, my first yo-yo book will be published (whether it’s in ebook or physical format), the world yo-yo club will start to gain a form and will become franchised and we’ll just see where it goes from there, the goal is to have 1million people taught by 2015, this year is about finding the right people, getting things in order and EXPLODING the organization to achieve that goal. And to be clear I want to sound confident in what I’m doing, and not necessarily cocky, though it may come across that way.

And what I normally do here is recap the day so here’s what happened today; woke up at 5:30am and headed over to the flatbread community oven (I think that’s the accurate name) to attend VibesBB (good vibrations business and breakfast) to meet with other business people who are interested in increasing their knowledge and growing their businesses by networking and learning through the monthly books that we read. Today the focus was on Good to Great, a book that I’ve been reading for quite a while now (I’ve had this tendency to read a few chapters then take a break to read another book, something I need to work on). Anyways, it was a great meeting, I met a couple of people who can help me meet a few of my goals this year in potentially manufacturing the yo-yo and publishing the book. Can’t wait to see what happens from there.

After I got home from VibesBB I headed into Copy+ to work for a while and then headed home for the birthday celebration, basically pizza and a good movie. When the movie was starting I found out my parents had bought me a new hood for my car that I couldn’t put money into because I want to manufacture this yo-yo, which blew me away and is something I truly appreciate. My parents rock, just wanted to say that. Anyways, I gotta run, Gotta get back with the family, just wanted to make my daily update since that’s my goal for the month 🙂 Hope you’re all having a rocking New year so far. Make this the year to achieve what you’ve always wanted to do, it’s a new decade and a new year, a double-wammy, why not run with it? 🙂 Later folks!

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Slow Monday

Today was pretty slow; spent most of it cleaning and reading and in the end watching the BSU Bronco’s Football Game and they won! 😀 It was a good game, they were tied up in the middle and ended up getting a touchdown and a field goal kick in and then it was just a matter of keeping the other team from scoring.

In the business side of things I’m still waiting to hear from the machine shop that is working on my yo-yo. I was told we could get a prototype ran shortly after new year’s so once I find their phone number or get an email reply back I can see what it will take to move forward! That’s all for today, see you guys tomorrow on my Birthday! 😀

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Reflecting

Not too much on my plate today, that’s why Sundays seem to make the good all around day for reflecting. Thinking about what’s going on in life, where I’m taking myself, and when I actually want to be. It’s also a good day to sit back and read; which I have been reading one of the books I picked up last week, called “Make Today Count”. It is definitely in league with the “Go-Giver” and “If You Think You Can, You Can”, has a lot of good ideas and calls to action I think other kids could learn from. It’ll probably end up being on the list of required reading for the Montgomery Enterprises LLC Scholarship for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs. Regardless of that I am going to pick up a few extra copies and spread them around.