I?m glad you asked my young Padawan learner.
Basically, it?s a filter in your brain that helps you focus on what?s most important.
You see there is a shit ton of data all around us in this crazy lil? world of ours, and it?s easy to wander off towards all them pretty lights (perhaps you?ve heard of Shiny Object Syndrome?).
But have you noticed how when you finally show interest in something new you start to see it everywhere?
For instance, I got interested in Internet Marketing over a year ago I started seeing something about landing pages, autoresponders, click through rates, etc. all over the place.
In contrast, before this I couldn?t really give two shits about Internet Marketing, because my RAS filtered it out to focus on a simple complacent life at a desk job I grew to hate.
SIDE NOTE: For you lazy nerds like me, I?m going to point you towards this video for a more science-y explanation of RAS that doesn?t require any reading.
The Power of Focus
Now there are several other functions of the RAS, but what I?m trying to get across is that it can help you focus on making money online.
Personally, I?m focusing on growing an email list and I?m currently using my YouTube channel combined with my blog and Facebook group as my main ways to do so.
When I first started trying to combine my social media (I have a Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. accounts) and my making money online efforts, it was overwhelming .
I was in too many places and didn?t even really know what was working best.
I was flustered and thinking negative thoughts, like ?this doesn?t work? and ?there is just too much competition? or ?I?ll never get this?.
Yet other people are able to be successful with social media so this was not true, I just had to adjust my RAS to focus on what was more important and start filling my head with positive thoughts that would help me determine what actions are more important to focus on.
To be honest… I haven?t made tons of money of money online quite yet (but I fucking will, did you see what I did there?), however I?ve switched to replacing my negative thoughts (at least most of them) with positive ones and I can tell you that?s a great place to start.
I bet that for most people, there are way more pros than cons when it comes to your efforts to making your first dollar online.
I don?t want to get all Tony Robbins on you (although I love that mofo), but I do believe that being able to control your Reticular Activating System?a little better?can change your way of life.
Real Life Example
For example, my father had Polio his whole life. He was mocked, discriminated against or people just felt sorry for him.
It was much easier for him to be negative, but he wasn?t. I remember I?d be in a bad mood and my father would tell me something like ?Isn?t it a beautiful day?? with a big fucking smile that was infectious.
How can you focus on being mad when you hear and see something like that, I sure couldn?t.
Hell when he came to the United States (legally), married my mom and then had us we were poor.
It was 2 parents and 5 kids in a small duplex. Yet he was able to build a construction business that made some good money and he changed many peoples? lives before he passed away by switching his focus (his RAS) to making the money he needed to in order to provide a better life for us and he fucking did.
We eventually got a nice house in a nice neighborhood and lived well.
It took really hard work for my father to do this.
You and I are privileged that we can just use the internet and a computer to make money while we sleep.
But nothing will EVER fucking happen for you if you just poison your mind with negative pussy-ass thoughts.
Here’s my old man and me below, I was serious and he just made a funny face lol.
It all starts with your thoughts, but it?s followed by action.
One of the biggest problems is that people never just get started, they?re just stuck in the mud with their negative thoughts and that leads to never acting or just shitty results because it?s half-assed.
Use your Reticular Activating System to whole-ass one thing for starters.
I think it starts with expressing some gratitude.
I?m grateful that I work from home right now. It?s not 100% internet marketing-related income because I have 2 part-time jobs, but slowly but surely I?m making a little more online and I?m figuring it out a little more.
Life is beautiful.
I?m no millionaire (yet) but I?m enjoying the journey as I?m making many good friends along the way.
If you?ve made it this far I?d like you to connect with me on a more personal level in my Facebook group if you haven?t already.
It is a beautiful day, make the most of it.
I?d love to know what you?re grateful for in the comments below or in the group.
How To Create Your First YouTube Video In 15 Minutes
Video speaks louder than just about anything on the internet.?That’s why I have my own YouTube channel, it’s just good business. Below is a guest post from?my friend Trey Morgan, or the “fearless boss” who will show you how to create your first YouTube video in 15 minutes😕
How long do you think it takes me to create a YouTube video?
30 minutes? 45 minutes? An hour?
Try 10-15 minutes.
Yes I only spend 10-15 minutes creating my YouTube videos and sometimes less.
If you?ve never created a YouTube video before it shouldn?t take you longer than 15-20 minutes to create a 5-10 minute video.
So here is the exact process I go through to create my YouTube videos in 15 minutes or less.
The first thing I do before I create my video is I decide how long the video is going to be and set a timer. I always set a timer when I create my videos because when I don?t set a timer my videos end up being too long (because I talk too much).
I try not to make my videos longer than 10 minutes because YouTube viewers tend to prefer shorter videos as opposed to longer videos.
5-10 minutes seems to be the sweet spot.
Once I?ve decided on the duration of the video I decide upon whether or not I?m going to do a screen-capture video or a webcam video.
If I?m just covering a quick topic that doesn?t need a presentation I may do a quick webcam video. However, in most cases I like to organize my thoughts in a PowerPoint presentation and then record the screen while I talk in the background. For screen-capture videos I use software such as Jing, and Screen-cast-o-matic.
Next, I outline the video. Let?s say my topic was how to lose weight fast I would outline it as such:
Intro ? Introduce myself and address the problem (1-2 minutes)
Diet ? Tip 1 (1 minute)
Exercise ? Tip 2 (1-2 minutes)
How To Combine Diet And Exercise ? Tip 3 (1-2 minutes)
Conclusion/Call-to-action ? Summarize video and invite viewers to check (1-2 minutes) out my website or related resource
Essentially, I introduce the problem, I cover 2-3 tips to solve the problem, and then conclude with a summary and a call-to-action to check out my website (blog/squeeze page).
Throughout the video I focus on speaking from a position of authority and confidence. I make sure I am 100% certain about the topic by doing research on the topic (or speaking on a topic I already understand or have experienced in the past).
I make sure to let my personality shine through the video and I also focus on being informative.
To end the video I summarize the video by reinstating the main points and explaining why solving the particular problem is important. I top it off with a call-to-action to check out my blog or my squeeze page (website where I give away a free report/video in exchange for the viewers email address).
Bang! Bang! Video done!
Now, all I need to do is upload this baby to my YouTube account and I?m good to go.
Uploading The Video To YouTube
When uploading the video to YouTube I make sure I have a keyword in the title and I may even use the Google Keyword Tool to check how many people search for my main keyword per month.
The Google Keyword Tool is a free resource that allows you to search for keywords and see the amount of people who search for that keyword per month (on average).
If my video is about losing weight fast. I might title the video ?How To Lose Weight Fast? or ?The Simple Formula To Lose Weight Fast?.
In that case my main keyword would be ?lose weight fast?. When uploading the video to YouTube you will be asked for related tags, and in that section I just type in 5-10 related keywords. So, if my video was titled ?How To Lose Weight Fast?, some of the tags I would choose include, how to lose weight fast, how to lose weight, how to lose weight quickly, losing weight fast, fat loss fast, and how to shred fat.
As you can see, I don?t make the YouTube video creation process difficult, instead I try to keep everything as simple as possible. I don?t know about you, but when things get unnecessarily difficult, I tend to get discouraged and I might not want to repeat the process.
However, in order to get the best results from YouTube, you need to be able to upload more than one video, so you must simplify the process so you will be able to repeat it on a daily basis. Posting a video a day to your YouTube account will help you build an authority YouTube channel and your videos will rank higher in the search engines naturally.
So, that is my 15 minute video creation process. I hope this was an eye-opener for you and you can see how simple it is to create your own YouTube video.
The only thing that can stop you from uploading a YouTube video is fear and doubt.
Don?t let fear and doubt hold you back. I was a little nervous creating and uploading my first YouTube video, but after the first one you feel like a weight was lifted off your back.
You will have a new-found confidence and you?ll feel like you?re ready to take on the world.
So, how about you create your first YouTube video today?
**If you’re offended by a little swearing, DO NOT READ THIS**
I used to SUCK at talking to girls.
It?s not I thought I was hideous or anything like that.
I could be myself with my guy friends…funny, confident, you name it, but when it came to talking to the womens, well I just sucked ass.
Even when I did get the ladies? attention, I was bashful and I?d ruin it somehow.
Ugh…what a dweeb.
Does This Sound Like You?
Then I started researching about how to get better at talking to girls.
(Sound familiar? I must?ve seen 80,000 videos on how to build a fucking landing page)
I found out about something called the ?Mystery Method?, a 1-2-3 type of system on talking to women.
Heck, they even had something called ?canned openers? that were all about icebreakers to ask just about any girl or group of girls like ?Are you guys best friends?? or ?Who lies more, women or men?? and it worked to some degree.
That shit got old though because everyone learning this was using the same lines.
(Again, does this sound familiar? Not being original catches up with you eventually).
Also, it kind of trained you to be a prick to women which wasn’t really MY style.
While this did encourage me go out a more and try to use some of their techniques, I realized it was making me a little more asshole-y (and redundant) than I usually am, so I absorbed what was useful, discarded what was useless and added what was specifically my own and sought some training that resonated with me just a wee bit more.
The New, Improved Method
I ended up finding out about these other dudes called RSD Nation on YouTube and they were: Brash &?Unconventional.
They knew how to have fun and ACT quickly (which was something I completely overlooked!)
I was hooked.
I studied this shit like crazy and even though I thought the ?Mystery Method? was pretty good, I thought these RSD dudes were deities amongst mortals.
Reason being, that they simplified the process and did shit that was more about just being completely comfortable in your own skin WHILE being original.
I studied YouTube video after YouTube video and finally said ?fuck it? and started applying some of their style rather than just studying forever like a pussy.
As I got more comfortable, what I realized the most is that I loved having fun which mostly came from acting quickly. Meanwhile, what I’d focused on in the past was just getting laid to be honest, or at least just looking cool to chicks.
Now I?d go out and just try to talk to everyone as soon as possible, even a simple “hello”… cashiers, doormen, guys, women, the more awkward guys… you name it.
I saw a LOT of rejection at first.
What I noticed was that when I focused on ACTING right away I got momentum and everything just got easier.
I?d laugh, dance like an idiot, introduce people to other people (and of course talked to many beautiful women) and just for fun I?d go up to girls and tell them to ?Hug me like they?ve never hugged me before? which was true, I didn?t know most of them. I became a hub for fun, this was more MY style.
It was awesome, I?d learned a proven style firsthand AND managed to add my own flavor.
When practicing this I became (over the course of the night):
Confident as shit
How This Relates To Internet Marketing
**This absolutely translates to the internet marketing world**
Yet for some reason, when practicing what I’d learned about internet marketing I’d completely neglected my Superman powers and started:
Asking a million questions
Buying 30,000 digital products
Being afraid to ask for a sale
Shit… THIS sounds familiar now.
Internet marketing had become my new hot chick that I?ve been terrified to approach for fear of rejection, or the unknown.
It’s time to incorporate whatever past success we’ve had and put our own twist on it and actually ACT upon it.
Time to be comfortable making mistakes, gaining momentum, having fun and figuring it out how to make some dinero along the way.
Hope this long-winded rant “Diary of a Wimpy Internet Marketer” (I rather like that, what do you think?) hits close to home kiddos.
~ Phillip Lopez
P.S. Hey leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!
UPDATE: Group Giants is no longer for sale, sorry 🙁
Group Giants Video Review
If you’re lazy like me just click on the picture above for the Group Giants video review.
You know blogging is tough…for me at least because what happens is I stare at a blank Microsoft Word document, then my eyes glaze over and I can?t help but just have the image of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn for about an hour and then… Netflix beckons me and I?m boned.
That ever happen to you?
Hmm, somebody?s pants… are on fire… quit your lying.
Oh well, moving on.
I?ve been slacking at blogging because:
I kind of suck ass at SEO
WordPress can be a little bitch sometimes
Video is much easier for me
That?s just a few things I can think of off the top o? me head, but I?m sure there?s others.
Anyhow, I got a lil? FB message from my good buddy Kam Jennings/Zero Fatz/Kam Fatz (who does this guy think he is anyways…jk Kam) telling me about Group Giants.
Now I?ve actually seen this ?sneaky, sneaky? free traffic strategy in action without really knowing it was gonna be a product, but I was surprised to see the content for myself with my own 2 eyeballs.
Anyhow, watch my awkward video (I?m still not comfortable on camera hahaha) and take a look over my shoulder at what you can expect and see what I think of Kam?s Group Giants.
SPOILER: Methinks me likes it and have added a wee lil? bonus behind the scenes interview that I?m charging people to see in my soon to come first digital product.
But you won?t because poppa bear loves you.
Lol, we?re having fun now.
Parting is such sweet sorrow…
Just kidding, don?t listen to me.
P.S. Let me know what you think of the video kiddos.
I depart with this funny yet inspiring quote from my current favorite comedian.
WARNING: You may find this blog post controversial so read at your own discretion.
I know you?re beating your head against the wall trying to come up with a YouTube channel idea.
In this post I?m going to be giving you an idea you can roll with today but…it?s not for everyone.
This post is only for brave single men and you?ll see why.
I suck at girls
At some point in every guys life, (at least with straight dudes) they want to know how to get better at talking to women, period.
Now from experience, I know it goes beyond that because most guys want to have a normal relationship with a woman where you have casual sex.
Don?t start hating on me girls because that?s just the truth and besides it?s like that for women too and that?s okay.
I used to really suck at talking to girls. The way I went about learning how to was primarily through YouTube videos.
I realized there?s no magic pill, there?s no magic pick up line, in fact there?s really no other way to get better at it than by going out and learning from trial and error.
With that being said I have a fantastic YouTube channel idea for brave single men. Here it goes:
You really want to monetization plan in place because I don?t think you should just rely just on Google Adsense (although you should add it) for your channel.
Ultimately, I think you should create your own digital products (eBooks, membership sites, video courses) that you can sell for 100% profits and email subscribers, but instead here?s a product you can promote today.
It?s called ?The Tao of Badass? a product about dating/getting laid with women and it?s not your typical $7 ebook, it has a membership area, video courses and just looks like a really good product overall for guys that are struggling in this area of their life.
You?ll earn some good commissions if you can build a responsive audience that makes sales, trust me there are a lot of men that want to know how to get dates and have casual sex with women.
You?ll have to sign up for an affiliate account at Click Bank, it?s easy to do just go to the site and create an account as an affiliate.
After that, in order promote this product you can go to marketplace on the top right of the page:
This is what you?ll see after that:
After that, simply enter ?Tao of Badass? in the search field:
You see that big red button that says ?Promote?, click it and you?ll see this little window pop up
The account nickname part will just be your Click Bank ID (you can?t change this by the way) and you can add a tracking code if you wish.
Just hit create after that and you?ll see this:
The first link is the one you?ll be using.
Customizing your link for YouTube
This link is UGLY. It looks spammy and is not YouTube-friendly.
You don?t want to just copy and paste the hoplink into the description area of your videos, make it look nicer.
If you have a website and buy a cheap domain (or just use a subdomain), I recommend you use Pretty Link Lite which is free and will make your links look like this:
Domain name view: Yourdomainname.com/taoofbadass
Subdomain name view: subdomainname.yourdomainname.com/taoofbadass
However, if you can use Bit.ly or tinyurl if you don?t have a website.
Basically, they take that big, ugly link and customize it to say something like this:
Bit.ly view bit.ly.com/taoofbadass
Buy the product
Now I recommend you buy the product because that will be the content for your YouTube videos. There?s a 60-day money back guarantee, so you can get your money back, besides you?re just taking it for a test drive no?
Your channel can be all about this one product because it?s about dating for guys, an evergreen niche as long as men are around.
Track your results or even better make videos of you implementing their strategies. I?ve seen plenty of real raw footage videos of guys trying to talk to women and I?ve got to tell you…they?re super-addictive.
This is simple, but you do have to be brave.
For any of you that think that this is controversial and demeaning I just want to say that I understand, but I lived through having no self-esteem when I was younger and it SUCKED.
I don?t think guys have to live a life where they?re terrified of talking to women and NEVER have a girlfriend or have sex. I think those are just normal healthy things that pretty much every guy should experience.
Now just to recap: I have shared an awesome YouTube channel idea that you can start with today where you don?t have to even create your own product…yet.
I do think you should do this in the future, but that?s a topic for another day. This is one product that you can check out and make a real-life case study about. If you don?t like the product for any reason, it has a 60-day guarantee.
I have no affiliate links to this product, just a simple idea about an evergreen niche that a lot of guys struggle with you can use if you?re a single brave dude that?s looking to make a YouTube channel
Go get em? tiger.
I will depart with this video that helped me out when I was struggling: