Life Casting: Time to Plan-Prepare-Prosper

Last week I spoke at 3 different events and met some incredible people. Men and women alike who were gifted, intelligent and well-rounded. People who were wise and wanting more. I chatted one-on-one with several people after the events and discovered that most everyone had something in common…they wanted to learn, to grow, to achieve. The primary age group? Women over 40. We all have a lot in common in this age group and up. We grew up with an Apple being a fruit. Our phones hung on a wall or sat on a table. Computers were held in large rooms with vented floors, at least the ones we saw on television. And, “instant messaging” involved our mothers instantly making their point to us, usually in a loud voice.

So, how do we begin to understand this new world of technology? There is no handbook, at least not in a language that makes sense. Our kids and grandkids are growing up in a completely different era, light years from where we came from. How do we bridge the gap? It’s interesting that the most prominent group on Facebook is women from the ages of 40 and up. It’s only taken us 10 years to learn how to post a photo of our kids, grandkids, cats, dogs and casseroles. And guess what? Our kids have left Facebook and moved on to Twitter and Instagram!

Sadly, social media and technology are not just for social entertainment anymore. They are an absolute necessity for productivity and success. On a positive note, this is the greatest time in all of history to create, build and fulfill our life’s dreams. All of these gadgets used by our fingertips can be used for massive prosperity. Why is it that we have not taken advantage of this incredible opportunity? Because in some strange, subtle way, we have been “dumbed down”, playing games, posting photos and wasting a lot of time on nothing. What if your entire life could change with a little training, strategic planning and more productive use of time. All you need to get started is a computer and a desire to learn.

What if I told you that you could have a completely different quality of life doing what you love and what you are gifted to do? If your first thought is “that’s impossible”, then you need a change of attitude. The only thing that keeps us down is FEAR. Everything negative usually involves some level of fear, doubt, insecurity…the “I can’t do it” mentality. I’m telling you that you CAN DO IT. The question you have to answer is, Do You Want To? Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background, education…no excuses, if you are willing to learn, then you can start living a life of fulfillment. It’s all at your fingertips.

I have a long story of my own journey. I bet you have a story too. But, it’s not over yet. Maybe it’s time for the next chapter, a new chapter. I’m starting several classes, seminars, videos, books and conferences that are designed to help those of you who want MORE from life.  I’m going to show you how to do things that you never thought possible. I’m going to teach you the basics to the advanced levels of using today’s technologies to change your life. I’m going to train you to step by step in a program that I am calling “Life Casting: Plan-Prepare-Prosper”.

Stay tuned for updates and events. If you’d like to contribute or participate, please let me know. My email is bobbyebrooks@gmail.com

Don’t ever give up. Keep your dreams alive. I’ll be in touch soon.

The Secret of Success

I’ve read countless numbers of books on “Success” and all of its descriptions. There are a myriad of opinions on “success” and how one achieves it. Personally, I believe success is defined and measured individually, as each person has a different and unique perspective. What is success? How do you measure your success? Do you consider yourself successful?

For some, money means success. For others, success is being independent, the business owner…the car, the house, the affluence. I think a big part of this identity stems from our society, Hollywood, Wall Street and the generation of entitlement. Does success mean happiness, freedom, peace…? Is there a “secret” to success?

In my 20’s, I worked hard to be my definition of successful: the young, upwardly mobile or “yuppie” was my example. I read the books, listened to the tapes and attended the seminars. In my 30’s, success meant reaching a place of status, having worked hard to earn the position. To be honest, internally I was miserable, unhappy and burned out. On the outside, I looked the part…on the inside, I was falling apart.

Today, I have an entirely different view of success. I still have the ambition, the motivation and yes, even the anxiety, but I have learned something that I consider to be very valuable on the path to “success”. I get up everyday and try to do my best. Most days I focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I have learned that it does me no good to try to put 10 feet in front of the one foot. It doesn’t work.  I have learned that success is not and should not be measured by status in comparison to others.

The secret of success for me is persevering…enduring…putting one foot in front of the other, day by day. In business, in relationships, in everything…one step at a time, day by day. Trials and tribulations come and sometimes the circumstances threaten to take us out. Even if we have to re-direct our steps, revise our goals or even take a break, those decisions are evidence of “success”. Just don’t give up, don’t quit and don’t let anyone or anything have the power to rob you of your dreams and visions.

The Secret of Success? Everyday, you get up and keep going. That’s success! Enjoy your successful day.

Bobbye Brooks

What is an Online Entrepreneur: “Internet-preneur”?

I recently spoke at the Ultimate Women’s Expo in Phoenix, AZ on the topic of How to Start Your Own Business with Zero Investment. I was surprised at the response and number of people (men and women) who wanted to know more information about how to start a business…online. My whole presentation/talk involved using the Internet to “make money” or even start a new business. Can it really be done? Can anyone at any time really learn how to make money using the Internet? It seems so foreign to most of us. We’ve been spammed, scammed and scared to death to trust this online exposure. But, should we stop trying or figure out how to make it work. I am a big believer in making it work. I am living proof that it can be done.

I have spent the past few years learning how to be successful as an “online entrepreneur“. Some have coined the phrase…”internetpreneur.” I had to learn the facts and fiction of SEO, Google, keywords, and anything to do with online marketing. I had to try and fail; keep trying until I succeed. What works; what doesn’t work. I have become an avid student of the Internet and its intricacies. I am also believer in cutting to the chase. I hate to waste people’s time and money. I hate the idea of trying to sell some “slick” get rich quick program, of which I have purchased a few over the years. What have I learned through it all? Number one, there is a LOT of money to be made online. We spend on average about 290 million dollars per day. Number two, nothing happens over night or fast. It takes time, hard work, and persistence. Today, it takes a long time for new products to penetrate the marketplace. Number three, you must be willing to LEARN new things, new ways and new tools. The old school is old school. Some of the same principles may apply but the strategies have changed.

In 2009, my business partner Tonilee Adamson and I co-founded this little company called Media 4 Women Enterprises. It’s been a crazy few years. The growth, the potential, the opportunities have been overwhelming. I have over 25 years experience in business. I have an Executive MBA. I have started several new companies. But, everything with Media 4 Women has defied the odds. Growing exponentially in a recession doesn’t make sense. Logically, to me, our success doesn’t make sense either. BUT, I have to acknowledge that the foundation has been based upon the same things I mentioned earlier. Hard work, willingness to learn new ways, ability to change, persistence, risk and patience to keep going, keep moving forward. I also have to acknowledge that at the end of the day, we are “online entrepreneurs”. We work online, all day, every day. We are living proof that becoming an online entrepreneur is a potentially a successful path.

Media 4 Women will be launching a new, innovative Online Entrepreneur Academy in early 2013. This “training” program will be nothing like what is on the market today. It will have one main purpose and goal: to make YOU successful in online business. It is time for us to share what we have learned in a format that can be used by anyone at any level. Our passion at Media 4 Women is to teach and train. We have worked with hundreds of companies and clients over the past few years and we are eager to share the experience with others. Stay tuned for more information coming about the new Online Entrepreneur Academy. There will be something for everyone, if you are willing to learn and are ready for a life change that leads to success.