GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…


For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….


Four Simple Tips for Selling Products by Phone

I’ve been housebound for about 3 weeks, suffering from Gastro, Severe Vertigo, and Tinnitus.

Consequently, I have had to deal with the 3 or 4 telephone calls each day that, according to the person ringing, are not selling anything. Yet, ultimately, they are.

What has rattled me today is not that they call me – but they fail to sell themselves properly, if at all.

If the people employed are done so for the communication skills, then someone is failing to realise that communication is not just about speaking, it is about listening.

After the last phone call, I was so angry with the caller that I wrote these 4 important points in less than 5 minutes. I can only hope that someone out there who runs a call-centre reads and installs these ideas into the telephonists:

Dear perpetrator of the telephone centres that call households oh-s0-many times each day, here are few tips that MAY keep the house-bound on the line.

#40 On the Dog and Bone 1. Ask questions, don’t assume.
Rather than jumping straight into your spiel, ask if the home-bound is actually applicable to receive your product. This will save both of us a lot of time.

2. Explain yourself.
Whilst you might think your standard regimented spiel is perfectly written, I will ask questions of you. Particularly who you are, who you represent, why you are calling me, and how the frak you got my number. If you cannot explain these few facts, you have failed representing the business you are trying to sell.

3. Have alternative spiels.
How I hate your spiels, your pre-written script, your incredibly non-descrip description of your product. When I interrupt (and, oh, I will!), have an answer – don’t keep repeating yourself. If you cannot talk, I won’t bother.

4. Listen!
When I have a question, listen to my question. Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself. Stop, Breathe, Listen. Listening to voice mannerisms, for huffing in exasperation, for nothing (because I will be silent while you rant through your spiel), and for dial-tone. If you don’t listen, neither do I.

The next time one of you call me, I trust you are listening.

Oh, You know what I really should do? Once they state who they are (which they amazingly rarely do!), stop and say…

Gotham Wallpaper

Before you go any further, I should let you know that I am recording this call so I may go through it again later.
I am doing this because as a human I cannot retain that much information all at once.

Even if I am not recording it, it would be interesting to see how they respond, if at all. I’d hope I’d hear more dial-tone than spiel.

That’s it. For now. I may add to this list. Particularly if I am stuck at home much longer. Looking forward to going back to work!

Lunch with Mentors = Motivation & Money

Mellissah Smith has written a great post with which I wholeheartedly agree : Never Eat Alone

The best line from the article is…

A lunch date with someone can change your outcomes.

Bar Balcony @ Hotel-Richmond, Rundle Mall I find that lunch with friends is often a simple way to get motivated. Being able to talk through one’s ideas, thoughts and any general chit-chat is a great way to both vent one’s mind and then refresh and rebuild.

I take every opportunity to have lunch with a local entrepreneur whom I call my ‘mentor’ (though he doesn’t really know that).

We use the opportunity to share our current and future goals, then discuss where things might be modified or amended. If the opportunity arises or is deemed necessary, we combine forces to complete ideas.

So I agree with the sentiment that lunch equals money, but I primarily use the time to stay motivated!

That being said, I also enjoy quiet time to mull over ideas. Not mull in a bad way, but so as to think through new ideas to determine if they are cost effective, ethical (and I mean in line with both my own ethics plus to some degree what society deems morally acceptable) and what I really want to do.

Being able to step out of oneself to see the ramifications of a new venture is always important. Asking yourself if you really want to do a thing is vital when in the startup stage; There is nothing worse than being halfway through a project to discover that the result is not what you had in mind at the beginning.

That’s my two cents for the day. Check out Mellisah’s site, she has many articles worth reading! This is one that has reminded me to stay motivated!

Being an Online Entrepreneur

Wow, over the last eleven years of writing articles – I haven’t written many articles about entrepreneur’s ! So in a twisted away, I am answering the question of …

Why not?

Well, I was being an entrepreneur, and online most of the time.

What did I imagine ‘being an entrepreneur’ meant? 

For me, entrepreneurial-ism meant finding ways to contribute to situations, offering my self-learnt skills, and giving my time and effort to situations that met with my ethics. This included being most altruistic by giving-away my various skills to the extra-curricular activities I was doing in my local community, and helping those less better-off than myself.

Control Board of 500meg HD

Entrepreneurs are people who connect willingly, find ways to communicate with both like-minded and non-like-minded people in such a way that they want to share information. Whether it be to complete a project that benefits all, or to resolve a complex issue, or to combine skills appropriately to help a third party. Each of these situations are either financially successful, or volunteered for the benefit of society.

I must also point out that entrepreneurs are able to lead by example:

They get their hands dirty, the minds are active, the contributions can be few but they are great. They brain-storm at all levels, the aren’t afraid to be proven wrong. Entrepreneurs don’t believe they are perfect, far from it in fact! They concede that any answer might have some merit, though not every contribution may make it into the final product or outcome.
That’s where entrepreneurs are winners: When they cannot find the answer, they find another way. They don’t settle for one answer, they give each offering it’s due. But they also know when to hold ’em,  fold ’em, and when to get out and run.
But entrepreneurs don’t run: We validate our losses as opportunities to learn from and try again.

How did I become an ‘online entrepreneur’?

When I was started adding my photography to the internet about last six years, I’ve also found myself reading many thousands of amazing blogs, but found my focus was primarly upon those that encourged and supported entrepreneurialism. What I found most interesting that it is the backbone of much of the internet.

When Tim Berners Lee first began establishing the way the internet would appear for all of us, he was doing so because he believed in the future, saw where the world was going and believed whole-heartedly that what he could contribute would make a visual, verbal and volatile difference to the online world we all were living in. He was the first entrepreneur. He found, devised and implemented amazing ways for all us to connect and talk easily from many geographically-diverse locations around the planet.

Birthday Books

Over the many years I have seen sites come and go. But it has been great to follow and read many that incite, develope and encourage entrepreneuriaism.

Here are just a few, some of which I still visit (though not as often as I should) to read about how social-entrepreneurialism is developing and making a difference:

  • BRWI have been reading the BRW paper-magazine since the late 1980’s.
    I’ve always seen it as the best magazine for inspiration. Particularly their lists of those people who make it into the top 100 each year! Now I periodically attempt to read it online.
  • Flying SoloI joined this site about three years ago.
    In the beginning I got involved with conversations, adding my quirky sense of writing where possible, but slowly moved toward reading and listening to the much more impressive skills of others. Heck, I readily admitted that I needed more help myself, so found myself reading and ‘liking’ many articles. These days I get and read their email-subscription. On occasion I have printed them for pinning anonymously on pin-boards at particular city-based locations wherein I have worked or visited. ;)

I read a few other sites, but these two get most of my attention! It was from these sites that I determined that I had become an online entrepreneur. Though not every day of the week.

My photography is always my main focus, but in conjunction with social, marketing, promotion and sales skills, I found I had become an ‘online entrepreneur’, and I continue being one.

Many men better than me have already published lists of characters befitting the entrepreneurial mindset. Here’s just a few of their many characteristics, each with links to the article at which they were found.

Again, this is just a small sample of the many traits of an entrepreneur. I have no doubt that those that read this will know more and suggest them in the comments!

Hope that helps you to understand a little better how my mind works. I am rarely in-active, my mind is always pondering new ways to make a dollar for myself or for donating/giving to someone else. All in between going to the day-job. Gotta have something to keep you humble, grounded and intune with reality: Being an entrepreneur is never easy.

Where am I? Three Beautiful Faces Adelaide Central Market

Early Morning Sales

It’s been a good Monday morning already! Not only is it a public holiday, meaning I have a day-off from my day-job, I have had a few items sell on my Redbubble Tshirt collection this morning! This is always a great discovery!

What’s most interesting is that generally I don’t know about it until it appears on my Facebook wall. I have Redbubble settings in place that enable my sales, comments, uploads and favourite-artwork appear on Facebook. It’s handy for promoting art across my family and friends!

It’s most important for me to say is CONGRATULATIONS to the buyers. Because the art of selling is not only to thank your buyers, no, your time should also be spent congratulating them on their purchase, giving them advice on how they use the product, and then (no matter what field you are in) showing them what else they can buy. Which I have done.

Go check out my message to the buyers, the products they bought, plus a few extra details.

Again, congratulations to everyone who wears my tshirts, purchases my photography, sticks my graphics on their laptop ;), and generally likes my artwork.

Check out ALL of my tshirt collections:

Photographers Shirt Quotes and Graphics Rat Pack Battery Pack Guitar Set Zombie Attack Needlework About to Snap

The Power of Advertising on Social Media

As a graphic artist, I find advertising of my work upon social media is quite effective. Here is today’s example of how much a little self-promotion can work:

For the last few hours I have been updating my entire Redbubble Tshirt Collection.
This has included editing a few works, changing fonts, adding text-shadows, plus lowering the price on ALL of them by about $5.00. This means you will get more bling for your buck!

So I had finished editing this shirt and had advertised that fact upon my Facebook wall.
Normally no big deal, I get a few likes, a few LOL’s, and maybe a quick discussion. Which is fine by me – chatting is always fun! But this time I, no, the client got lucky – they bought this one I’d just finished editing:

Feel free to say HELLO. But I will stop listening after 140 characters

A friend upon Redbubble and Facebook had bought it PLUS these two shirts!

Mummy says Santa is Real. So he must be real … a Real Scrooge: This is not a Pony!

Here I am. So what are your two other wishes?

How cool is that? Yeah, very cool! UBERCOOL EVEN – just like these shirts!

I have over 10 shirts (from my own collection) which I wear so often that I often forget I have any others! I can testify that the images last longer than any other tshirt! Redubble shirts are amazingly cool in the summer and extra-warm in the winter.

PS: Name of friend not included to protect Santa’s elves from divulging the names on the Christmas presents!

I Own the Twitter Fail Whale

Yeah, that’s right, I own the ‘Fail Whale’! Or rather, just one of the whales. And it’s not as big as we all thought it would be – because this local stationery store has them by the bucket-load, sitting on a shelf, waiting for twitter-nerds like myself. Here you can see mine:

Is this the Twitter Fail Whale

Half-Apple of StickyNotes Apple of StickyNotes

... or Is this the Twitter Fail Whale

No, they don’t sell them as ‘fail whales‘, but it was the first thing that popped into my head when I spotted this little blue whale. It’s actually an eraser, but I dare not use him to erase anything nor anyone!

I told the manager of the store I would give him some free publicity on the internet, and that I would shoot some cool photographs of the toys I bought. But I didn’t tell him about the significance of the whale. See more of the products I purchased today!