Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lessons Learned from Motivational Speaker Rob Dial









Season 2 Episode 12


On a recent episode of Mr. Dial's podcast he discussed his story of how he came to be the motivational speaker that he is today.   I found some very interesting points which I discuss on this episode.

I recommend listening to his show called the Mindset and Motivation podcast which can be found here.
https://apple.co/2zCdk6l

Thanks for listening.

LINKS

Robin Sharma's podcast https://bit.ly/2HxcLAo

James Altucher's blog https://bit.ly/2HyMpOe

Brendan Burchard's podcast https://brendon.com/podcast/

Evan Carmicheal's YouTube channel https://bit.ly/1DwwrKn

My Biggest Takeaways from the 'ONE Thing' book https://bit.ly/2Cc98Ks

School of Podcasting podcast http://schoolofpodcasting.com

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Is eBay still Worth it in 2019?



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Season 2 Episode 11

I've been selling on eBay intermittently since 1999. I've had a store on/off for the last 6-7 years. My store currently has less than 350 items. I've thought about bringing it down to 100 items earlier this year because I felt I was paying too much in storage costs. Also, I thought to go back into book publishing as another income source. But my audience isn't asking for that and writing and editing a book can be a time suck.



I'm continuing with eBay as there is a comfort level there. In putting this article together I researched my costs and sales made for 2018. This is what I discovered.




To get these figures I've subscribed to Godaddy Bookkeeping and Selling Manager Pro in eBay. Godaddy tracks almost everything while Selling Manager Pro gives you exact figures on your eBay sales.

Last year I didn't spend much on sourcing. I just made up the $500 figure. It may be less. Most of the stuff I sold was my own items and older inventory. The high priced items where video equipment I bought(drones, gimbals, cameras). My rule was if I didn't use them for a period of time, I sold them. I did this at least 2-3 times last year.

There were times I felt I was making no money in 2018. Where the amount paid for the storage rooms was more than I made in sales for that month. For most of the year, I had 2 5'x 5' storage units, near the end I swapped out one of the storage rooms with a smaller room where I currently keep my shipping supplies and a few items. The other remaining unit has most of my inventory. This thankfully has reduced monthly costs.

eBay has shown me that there's money to be made even with putting in part-time hours for the entire process of sourcing, listing, storing, shipping. As I mentioned before, I was thinking of reducing my inventory to 100 items, but after discovering my 2018 costs and sales, I should be ramping things up instead. I thought; how can I accommodate 150 more items at home? The big storage unit is almost at capacity. I went to my local 99 cent store, purchased various sized plastic containers and organized them neatly in my studio apartment.

I'm excited to grow the store to 500 items. Why 500? This is what I think I can comfortably fit between my apartment and storage unit without my place looking like an episode of the Hoarders TV show.
This year I will be sourcing more often as well, but I will try garage sales more so this spring/summer for lower cost items and greater profits. I will also ask co-workers for older(stylish)clothing they may be getting rid of. Nothing beats free(worthwhile)inventory! I will still do the thrift stores in my neighborhood.

How do I run my store? I've been running a 50% off sale in my store every month since December. I'd rather the fast nickel than the slow dime. 'Buy It Now' is my preferred listing type. I also charge for shipping. Most times its USPS Priority Mail. It's tough at times to ship during the work week. I put a 5-day handling time on all items, giving me time to ship on my off days. I've received positive feedback from customers saying I shipped quickly. I'll take it. I learned the handling time trick from the Scavenger Life podcast which you can find here(leave link). They've been a big influence I continue to follow.

In 2016 I got rid of my eBay store of 600 items just to focus on the podcast. I shouldn't have done that. Not in lieu of my decision, but I could've had a 1,000+ item store by now. Live and learn right?
I'm ready to push this to 500 items. I have a web address which links to my store. That is www.paulsellsthings.com

This takes time and work, but with a little elbow grease we can all make some money off of the items in our houses/apartments which are there simply catching dust.    If I can be of any help please contact me.



Thanks for listening/reading.


LINKS
Scavenger Life podcast https://bit.ly/2FaKMEh  
Check out my eBay store here https://www.ebay.com/str/paulsellsthings 

Thoughts? Comments? Do so below or you can contact me by calling or texting 1-201-429-0274. If you leave a voicemail please be aware, you only have 3 minutes.   This is a US number, 

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Thoughts on Loneliness



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Season 2 Episode 10

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Bo Burnham's movie 'Eighth Grade' recently became available on Amazon Prime.





I heard it was great so I decided to watch. 18 minutes into the film I paused it, grabbed my iPhone, opened the VoiceMemos app and began recording my thoughts. The main character is Kayla. A young teenage girl in the eight grade finishing up her final year before going to high school. At the beginning of the film, she's constantly on her phone. She seems isolated and alone. It's kind of sad but I think this is the reality for many of us.

There's a scene when Kayla and her dad are having dinner. Kayla has her headphones on looking at her cell and paying her dad no mind while he's trying to talk to her, telling her sweet things. How he thinks she is so great because of who she is and her interests. But she doesn't want to hear any of it. When he tries to get her attention she gets annoyed and lashes out.

I've been that person in that same situation with the same reaction. I'd take love given by friends and family for granted. I felt giving affection was a sign of weakness. Today I know better. I realize the truth is one's shield and giving regularly of anything(love, attention, a small kindness)guarantees you won't ever be without.

This film's portrayal of Kayla's loneliness made me grateful to have a workplace to go to with co-workers to communicate with. There was a period of time I wanted to be a work from home 
entrepreneur. 

I'm so glad that didn't work out. Not all work situations are created equal. The best case scenario is when you have great people to be around. Worst case is when co-workers seem to be stuck in a rut and aren't happy with their lives and seem to let everyone know about it one way or the other. I'm thankful for the social interaction a job brings. It's a positive factor I hadn't considered until a couple of years ago.

Kayla makes youtube videos giving advice for a happier life, I make videos documenting my life and interests with the hopes of encouraging others to do the same. We are simply seeking to connect with anyone who associates with us so that we don't feel alone beyond our circle.

Online we are more connected than ever, but this is a false version of the real thing which is meeting in person, the human connection which brings that feeling of being part of a tribe, belonging. I understand that we can't all get out and be mobile. A phone call is better than a text. Sending a written note is a nice surprise. These are tangible.

Being alone isn't entirely negative. Having time to reflect, contemplate, and create is wonderful in solitude.

This topic is important to me because I chose to be alone, because of my own childhood issues but I like it overall. It's not perfect as sometimes I long for intimacy and significance that only having a partner can give.




Connection is the opposite of loneliness. I want to work on getting out and meeting more people when this feeling arises, I hope you do the same.

LINKS

CBS News article on Loneliness https://cbsn.ws/2GiT3ru 
Eighth Grade movie https://amzn.to/2Ttmdvb 



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Saturday, March 9, 2019

GoPro Hero 7 Black. Shaky Video Is Dead? Let's put that to the Test!


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I wanted to test the image stabilization specifically on this camera. 95%of this video is shot with the Go Pro Hero 7 Black except the end where I'm filming the camera itself with my iPhone.

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Buy a Go Pro Hero 7 Black here https://amzn.to/2EHtTPV  


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Alita Battle Angel MOVIE REVIEW-SPOILERS




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My movie partner Jason G. is back and we review Alita: Battle Angel.   We compare it to other recent sci-fi movies we've seen such as Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner 2049.   There are spoilers.

links

Here's our Ghost In the Shell Review-AUDIO https://bit.ly/2BSugXy

Here's our Blade Runner 2049 Review-AUDIO https://bit.ly/2Sq8iR7



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Monday, February 25, 2019

February 2019 MIXTAPE


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Tracklisting:

1. Dua Lipa - 'Swan Song'
2. Post Malone - 'Wow'
3. Cautious Clay - 'Reasons'
4. Big Wild - 'Purple Sand'
5. Toro Y Moi - 'Freelance'
6. Teejay - 'Up Top Boss'
7. Munga - 'Nah Mad'
8. Black Ryno - 'Juicy'
9. Prado - 'Boasy'
10. Ding Dong - 'Good Ting Dem'
11. Aidonia - 'Dom Perignon'
13. Skiibii - 'Sensima'
14. DJ Maphorisa - 'iWalk Ye Phara'
15. A-Pass - 'Midnight Drum'
16. Pakisha - 'Dladla Mshunqisi'

MIXCLOUD VERSION
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Action Figure Artwork-VIDEO-Abomination Stalking Daryl

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This is an example of 'idea sex.'   I've heard James Altucher talk about how combining your different interests can produce something new and exciting and that's what I've done here.   I've combined my love of action figures, drawing, and photography to come up with this piece of artwork in this style.   This is the first of it's kind for me and hopefully not the last!

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Lessons Learned from Motivational Speaker Rob Dial

Season 2 Episode 12 On a recent episode of Mr. Dial's podcast he discussed his story of how he came to be the motivational ...