How to Choose World-Class Images – 5 Tips from a Content Ninja

View from Apartment in Coal Harbour Ocean

This is a view from my apartment in Coal Harbour, looking west, out into Vancouver’s harbour, shot just now. You can see ships from China and part of Stanley Park. What do you think of the view? (Interesting fact: this is the same building that Markus Frind, the creator of PlentyofFish, lived in when he created it.)

Would you agree that it’s important to choose a great image for your blog posts so that you capture the attention of people on social networks and they click and check them out?

Growth hacker Nate Desmond thinks it’s interesting that people spend so much time writing content and headlines, but often resort to simple stock photos for the post image… so he wrote a great post outlining 5 aspects of great images for your blog post, to go along with your great content and captivating headline. They are…

#1 Relevant
#2 Authentic
#3 Colourful
#4 Emotional
#5 Curiosity-Raising

Read his post to learn more and let me know what you think!

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Vacations are Good for the Body and Soul

Enjoying the VIP section of the beach

Enjoying the VIP section of the beach (Jan 10)

Vacations are good for the body and good for the soul.  If you do a vacation right, you come back feeling refreshed and eager to return to work. (Quoted from The Little Book of Stress Relief by David Posen.)

I just returned from a one-week vacation with my sweetie. We stayed at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico… and had an excellent time. This was my first all-inclusive experience. I loved it and so did Vera!

Welcome to Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda All-Inclusive Resort!

Welcome to Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda All-Inclusive Resort!

 

The lobby is quite welcoming and relaxing

The lobby is quite welcoming and relaxing

 

The Pool [photo credit: bluebayresorts.com]

The Pool [photo credit: bluebayresorts.com]

Not taking vacations can decrease your overall productivity, increase stress and other health risks, and increase the likelihood you’ll burnout at work. But taking a vacation helps revive the heart, rejuvenate your body, recharge your mind, and soothe your soul. Studies have found that people who engaged in more leisure activities reported more life satisfaction, fewer negative emotions, tended to be more spiritually connected, and reported having a lot of support from family and friends, making them feel more content.(Quoted from Psychology Today.)

Well then, sign me up for more vacations! (The last tropical vacation I took was in January 2011, to the Puerto Vallarta area. The rock I’m climbing in the photo below is quite interesting in that the lower layers are made of sandstone embedded with black volcanic rock. The sandstone is prone to crumble and the volcanic rock falls out, if you’re not careful to put as little weight on the footholds as possible. Once above the sandstone, there are layers of more solid and safe grey-coloured rock to climb more securely.)

Climbing at a secret spot near Playa Chacala, which is near Puerto Vallarta

Climbing at a secret spot near Playa Chacala, which is near Puerto Vallarta

Last Monday, Vera shot me doing a little barefoot climbing on the beach accessible from the Tulum archaeological site…

We only had a few minutes here this time! I'm going back again! (Jan 13)

We only had a few minutes here this time! I’m going back again! (Jan 13)

That rock is beautiful limestone, formed from coral and shells. You can see more photos that we took at Tulum below…

Not taking time off regularly can lead to serious health problems. The results are comparable to chronic stress, when there is no reprieve not just from one’s workload but also from repetitive routines. (Quoted from Huffington Post.)

Last night Vera told me she hadn’t realized how much stress she was under before the vacation, because she was so used to it. She was carrying a lot of tension in her body. But once we were away from the people with whom we normally spend time… and away from our usual environments and routines… she was able to really relax and that’s when she realized how high-strung she’d been before. Now I know that the vacation did us both a world of good.

I’m so glad I decided to join a vacation club and get back into taking vacations regularly. 

Get away — often.  It’s a fact: People who take vacations have lower stress and a less risk of heart disease — not to mention a better outlook on life and more motivation to achieve goals. (Quoted from WebMD.)

Vacations and breaks are just what the doctor ordered!

If you’d like to see some photos and hear some stories from our vacation, read on…

On our second day there (January 10), a professional photographer guided us through a photo shoot.

Enjoying the warm sunshine and the breeze

Enjoying the warm sunshine and the breeze

By the way, we took this vacation to celebrate our successes. Vera, graduating at UBC, and myself, getting a great job in 2013 and surpassing my income goal for that year.

Almost every day we saw groups of these cute little critters…

A group of Coatimundi

A group of Coatimundi

 Here’s one of them close-up, sticking out his tongue…

Coatimundi - a Mexican relative of the raccoon family

Coatimundi – a Mexican relative of the raccoon family

We ate in the Mexican restaurant that night and thus began our descent into alcoholism… (Just kidding.)

My sweetie

My sweetie

 

Mango Daiquiri time

Mango Daiquiri time

The next day (Saturday) we spent some time in the lovely pool at Blue Bay, where you can lie on lounge chairs right in the pool.

Welcome to the pool and beach!

Welcome to the pool and beach!

It was so relaxing here.

I love it here!

I love it here!

Wow.

Vera getting some sun

Vera getting some sun

It’s truly a place of beauty. Before this, Vera was used to spending much of her time in a place of mind (UBC).

View from our table at lunch

View from our table at lunch

We ate so much delicious food! And back to the pool after lunch…

My view of paradise

My view of paradise

Then we moved so we’d be close to the fountain in the pool, as well as the beach…

Hello!

Hello!

As we were leaving the pool, we noticed a beautiful light effect in the sky…

I was fortunate enough to catch this beautiful shot

I was fortunate enough to catch this beautiful shot

Wow. I believe we ate in the Italian restaurant that night. It was the best one.

On Sunday, we lounged on the beach, explored the resort and did some levitating. And Vera managed to make me look great in a photo. She wants me to get into modelling. I want her to get into photography.

Vera enjoying the shade of a little palapa

Vera enjoying the shade of a little palapa

 

Some much-needed relaxation

Some much-needed relaxation

 

I think I look a little tipsy here but Vera really likes this photo, so...

I think I look a little tipsy here but Vera really likes this photo, so…

 

Vera tells me this is how I look, to her

Vera tells me this is how I look, to her

 

My special lady, the photographer, looking out to sea

My special lady, the photographer, looking out to sea

 

The view while booking our Xel-ha and Tulum excursion for the next day with Lomas Travel

The view while booking our Xel-ha and Tulum excursion for the next day with Lomas Travel

 

Isn't she cute?

Isn’t she cute?

 

... I just had to join her

… I just had to join her

 

The fountain of youth

The fountain of youth

 

Lift off!

Lift off!

 

Floating up...

Floating up…

 

Looking pretty in front of the restaurants

Looking pretty in front of the restaurants

 

Amazing smile!

Amazing smile!

Vera was so happy because I caught her properly in the air shot. The timing was a bit of a challenge. She did a happy dance… anyway that’s why she’s beaming in that shot.

Super excited to go back to Tulum tomorrow!

Super excited to go back to Tulum tomorrow!

The first time I went to Tulum was at age four. My dad took me. At age five, I returned with both my parents.

This one was good enough to change my Facebook profile picture to, while I was there

This one was good enough to change my Facebook profile picture to, while I was there

I was stoked to be going back to Tulum!

I even got that far-away look in my eye...

I even got that far-away look in my eye…

The next day (January 13) we went to Tulum to see the ruins and the beautiful white sand beach.. and then to Xel-ha in the afternoon for some sightseeing, eats, drinks and siesta…

We're almost at Tulum!

We’re almost at Tulum!

 Here we are at the entrance to the ancient city of Tulum, which was a port…

This rock wall is the original barrier around the ancient city of Tulum

This rock wall is the original barrier around the ancient city of Tulum

It is amazing how long these stone buildings last.

One of the buildings close to the shore

One of the buildings close to the shore

 

Tulum Ruins Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum is a magical place

 

Many Mayan ruins in the area are still covered with vegetation, but these are uncovered for us to see

Many Mayan ruins in the area are still covered with vegetation, but these are uncovered for us to see

 

The thatch part has been added recently to show what it would have looked like originally

The thatch part has been added recently to show what it would have looked like originally

 

The Iguanas roam free here

The Iguanas roam free here

 

Did you notice the lower one before?

Did you notice the lower one before?

 

The Iguanas are the kings now

The Iguanas are the kings now

 

Do you see the face on the building corner?

Do you see the face on the building corner?

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This is paradise!

This is paradise!

There is a coral reef (I think) about 300 metres off shore. It breaks the surf so it’s much gentler at the shore. You can see the surf breaking on the reef in the photo above.

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

You see why I want to go back and climb this place more, right? Super interesting rock.

You see why I want to go back and climb this place more, right? Super interesting rock.

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

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Iguana Fight!

Iguana Fight!

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Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful ParadiseTulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Vera cooling her feet

Vera cooling her feet

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

I decided to try a little climbing...

I decided to try a little climbing…

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful ParadiseRock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

I cut the fingertip of the middle finger on my left hand on the second or third little climb. But I still went for it again. Next time, I’ll bring finger tape so I can protect my fingers and climb more adventurously without getting hurt. I’ll bring my climbing shoes too for the same reason.

Tulum White Sand Blue Water Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

The combination of white sand and blue water is so beautiful!

 

Here I go!

Here I go!

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Rock Climbing Bouldering on Beach Limestone White Sand Beach Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

I love climbing limestone above sandy beaches or over water, partly because it’s beautiful and partly because I can jump down to a soft landing whenever I like.

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

I would have loved to have spent more time on the beach at Tulum (and I will another time) but we had to get back and catch our bus to Xel-ha. So we climbed back up the stairs and did a little more sight-seeing on the way back…

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Ruin Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Ruin Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Ruin Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Ruin Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Fishing Boat Blue Water Agua Azul Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Tulum Ruin Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Beautiful Young Woman Tulum Ruin Lush Vegetation Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

That was it for Tulum. Just a very short visit this time.

At Xel-ha, we saw dolphins jumping over people, relaxed in hammocks while listening to marimba music, had some drinks, ate a delicious Mexican lunch with mole, went sight seeing and rode bikes. The place is super cool. There are parrots flying free and you can get within a few feet of them.

Lagoon Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Dolphins are cute

Dolphins are cute

Hammock Relaxation Relaxing Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Pelican Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

A Cenote

A Cenote

Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Cenote Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful ParadiseElevated Walkway Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Clouds Sunlight Effect Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Clouds Sunlight Effect Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Clouds Sunlight Effect Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Coral Walkway Xel-ha Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Dead coral from the reef. When it’s alive, it’s coloured. These are like apartment buildings for the little coral animals. They build them. Each species builds its own distinct shape.

Xel-ha White Sand Beach Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Xel-ha Moon Riviera Maya Mexico Vacation Beautiful Paradise

Interesting local plants

Interesting local plants

… That was quite a wonderful Monday! The last day we spent relaxing at the resort.

One last visit to the pool (this time!)

One last visit to the pool (this time!)

 

Poolside accommodations. We actually stayed in a different building nearby. But they all look alike.

Poolside accommodations. We actually stayed in a different building nearby. But they all look alike.

On our last night at Blue Bay, we ate in the Italian restaurant again because it was our favourite.

We were so blessed that the weather was sunny all week. The weather report was for rain most of the week, but after we landed in Cancun, it stopped raining as we were in the shuttle bus to the resort! And the sunny weather held all week until the last night, when there was a torrential downpour before dinner. We used an umbrella from the room and it was like another little adventure. We actually danced in the rain! After we left the Italian restaurant, there was a private wedding going on, on the patio… and Vera loved the music so we danced under the umbrella in the rain. It wasn’t coming down so hard by then. A young lady from the wedding party actually ran out into the rain barefoot with no cover and asked to take our photo because she said we looked so cute!

Wow. It was a truly wonderful trip!

Cheers! To your next vacation!

Cheers! To your next vacation!

 We wish you all the best in life… and that you get everything that you want.

Bevan & Vera

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Attract Targeted Attention, Build Rapport Personally, Video Invite

Attract Targeted Attention, Build Rapport Personally, Video Invite

 

Right now I’m creating training content for Network Marketers in any company, showing them how to use Facebook effectively to increase their influence and invite people to watch their videos in a way that is not spamming people.. but is real networking.

Would you like to see a two page report with a conversation example of what I’m talking about here?

Click here to download the pdf document.

Remember that the best opportunity in the world will only provide you with an income stream when you promote it, market it and get your company video in front of people. Everything else is just wishing. Take the time to CONNECT with people to find out what is going on in their life BEFORE you even talk about anything to do with your business.

By asking the RIGHT QUESTIONS you can help people to solve their problems. Keep it super simple.

Let me know what you think about the conversation in the document by leaving a comment below.

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Financial Freedom

Financial Freedom Woman Jumping

Anthony Robbins explains how to achieve financial freedom in this video. I listened to this while driving back to Vancouver after spending Christmas with my family… and I found it extremely valuable, so I highly recommend you do too!

Financial Freedom - The Way To Go!

You can also watch the video on Anthony Robbins’ website if you like: http://www.tonyrobbins.com/financial-freedom/

How to Download this as an MP3 for your iPhone

Financial Freedom Happy FamilyIf you want to download this as an mp3 so you can take it with you on the road, it’s really easy to do with this free online tool…

1. Go to http://www.listentoyoutube.com

2. Copy and paste the Youtube Video URL (which is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYIRGf6ktyA ) into the box and hit the GO button.

3. After a moment, it will say “Conversion complete. Your file is being prepared for download… Click here to get your Download Link.” Click there and the download will start.

I’m finding this tool quite useful for bringing motivational audios with me wherever I go. Think TED talks, etc.

I hope you found the video and the online tool valuable. Have an awesome day!

Bevan

Bevan Bird Happy Man

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Introducing Mr. Kitsilano

Presenting Mr. Kitsilano

Presenting Mr. Kitsilano

Mr. Kitsilano

written Dec. 14, 2013

I was born at home in Kitsilano at 3rd and Blenheim.  We called it the creamy house because of the colour of its exterior.  Right after that my father held me up to the glorious warm sunrays like in that scene in The Lion King!  ( http://bit.ly/presentmrkits )  Hence I love the sunshine!

At age one my parents took me for a six month trip around Australia and New Zealand.  At age 4 I took my first trip to Mexico… and the next year, my second.  Hence I love traveling!

I’ve always been seeking for information to improve my life.  The first jobs I worked after high school paid minimum-wage.  Somehow I had always known that profits were better than wages… I just hadn’t figured out a reliable way to earn profits… yet.  I went to BCIT for training in surveying, spent four years there and was the top student at the school!

The next skill I learned was networking… how to connect with people and enrich their lives. Then I learned social media marketing… how to educate and entertain people about the value of what I do and thereby position myself as an expert on a topic over time…

In February, I set a goal to make CA$100,000 during 2013.  I achieved this by October via the method I shared on my blog:  http://bit.ly/manifest100k  (It’s important to realize I had been unemployed for two years prior and was living with almost $30,000 of debt.)

My social media experiments led me to learn lead generation… attracting prospects to my business via targeted marketing.

Yesterday I met for tea with a 19 year veteran of network marketing.  She requested that we meet because she saw what I was doing on Facebook and wanted to learn to market more effectively there.

If you do too, send me a friend request, follow my posts and click Like on those you like. You can ask me any questions you wish. I’m here to help.

When Jesus was asked “how can we achieve greatness?”  (That’s great wealth, great power. great influence, great recognition and great self-esteem) …

He replied  “Find a way to serve the many… for service to many leads to greatness.”  This is His formula for achieving personal greatness.

So ask not what the people can do for you… ask what you can do for the people.

How can you apply your specific set of skills to help improve the lives of the many?

Wishing you many multiples of the greatest success, happiness, health and wealth that you can imagine for yourself,

Bevan Bird

Mr. Kitsilano

MrKitsilano.ca (coming soon)

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How I went from broke to earning over $100,000 this year!

The Power of the Mind to Go from BROKE to SIX FIGURE INCOME EARNER in 11 monthsI’ve been talking with some of my friends and they’ve urged me to explain what I did to go from broke to a six figure income this year. So here goes…

I had made choices that led me to be in this situation just before Christmas time in 2011: I had a broken leg in a cast, getting around on crutches and was sleeping in a hammock outside under a tarp in the snow in the BC interior. Pretty chilly.

At the beginning of this year, I was about $30,000 in debt. The only Internet access was in town, a half hour drive away, and my dad and I went to town a few times each week. Let’s just say my outlook was not all that optimistic at that time.

But I received an e-mail on February 3 from a friend of mine, a successful businessman. It was a short message telling me to take to heart an article based on The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill. I’ll include that article in its entirety below, but first I’ll share with you what I did that led to me earning over $100,000 this year.

I followed the instructions in the article. Yes, that’s what I did. (I’ll go more into the details in a moment.) Then I did a little networking online. I got a job offer and after a quick mental calculation realized that if I took the job I’d be able to reach my goal, so I did it.

Following the instructions in the article to the letter, I got a little pocket notebook and wrote my major desire in life (my single most important goal) on the first page. On the next page, I wrote what I intended to give in return for that which I desired. On the third page, I wrote the expression of gratitude for the blessing with which I was gifted at birth, that being the power to take possession of my own mind and direct it toward whatever end I may desire.

These were my statements… (And they didn’t start out exactly like this, but I modified them into these over time…)

1. “My major Desire in Life is to receive $100,000 Canadian this year, 2013.”

2. “I intend to help surveyors do their data processing and computations faster and easier with custom software I create to fill their every need.”

3. “Oh Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to accept and make wiser use of the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I desire.”

I then carried the notebook with me and referred to it at least a dozen times each day, reading it aloud with feeling, memorizing my statements so they would become a part of me and I wouldn’t even need the notebook anymore!

I felt a shift in the energy in my body. I felt that the gratitude statement was extremely powerful.

I also used the rest of the notebook as a success and gratitude journal; each night before I went to sleep, I listed my successes of the day and what I was grateful for. This practice I learned from Colin Sprake.

It says in the article to “start right where you stand now to begin giving.” Each time I read my statements, I would be refocused on my goal and what I intended to give in return for its realization. I was also creating a habit of thought, thereby shifting my vibration, and therefore shifting my point of attraction. (Have you read Ask and It is Given? If not, order it right now from Amazon and you will thank yourself later!)

Every day I worked on creating value for surveyors with my software, or communicating with them, helping them solve problems.

I wrote a blog post so that my site here (BevanBird.com) would be focused upon software for surveyors, instead of upon building a business with social media, which was my previous niche. I updated the SEO tags and put up a new header graphic. (When you do this, I recommend you get a professional graphic designer to create it for you.)

This is the biography I added to my profile, so it would appear at the bottom of each post:

“Bevan Bird creates Custom Office Software for Geomatics Engineers to get their work done quickly, reliably and accurately. He has been programming since 1993 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geomatics Engeering Technology with Honours. Want to become an office superhero? Ask him how. He lives near Princeton BC with his dad and German Shepherd / Airedale cross, Bullet.”

Once I had that post up on Feb. 13, I started re-connecting online with all the surveyors I had worked with over the years, as well as with any other industry contacts I had. BCIT instructors, fellow students, colleagues, etc.

I used e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and connected with about 30 people. I was telling my friend this story the other day and she asked me how I began my conversations with them. She guessed that I told them I was looking for work. That’s not what I did. It’s all about creating value first and then communicating that value. I told them I was creating software to help surveyors do their job quicker and easier and that if they ever have a problem, let me know and I would help them solve it. I had an attitude of serving. I came from a place of having value to offer.

I was positioning myself uniquely in the market. “I am an engineering surveyor who creates custom software for the industry.” It is the combination of skills and traits that creates unique value.

Here’s an example of an e-mail I sent to an industry contact, someone who worked at the same surveying company I did. (This format is inspired by the book The $100 Startup, which I recommend highly for entrepreneurs in the startup phase.)

——————————————-
Hi [FIRST NAME OMITTED FOR PRIVACY],
 
I wanted to quickly let you know about a new project I’m working on.
 
I’m starting a business in Geomatics office software, and the goal is to help surveyors become office superheroes. I aim to streamline office work for surveyors all around the world, giving them greater esteem and a more positive work environment.
 
I plan to offer:
* Time-saving Tools
* Custom Software
* Data Processing Service
 
But I want to make sure that I offer solutions that surveyors (or surveying firms) will buy. I would like to talk with you about this sometime soon if you’re willing. But first, I want to offer you some help free of charge, since we’re old friends. I believe in giving real value.
 
What’s the most tedious (time-consuming) task you do regularly in the office? (I want to streamline it for you.) Or I could take a look at your most unwieldy spreadsheet and see how I can simplify it and make it more convenient for you. Or if you have a more pressing problem, let me know about it and I’ll help you with it. I may already have a custom software solution tucked away.
 
Thank you for your time.
 
Bevan
——————————————-

I sent that same e-mail to 20 people on Feb. 14, changing only the first name in the greeting. Only one responded, but she did give me something specific to go on: her current most time consuming task was the editing and feature extraction from LiDAR data which was a semi-automatic process, but still required a lots of manual (visual) editing.

Through experiments, I found it was more effective to send a shorter message initially. Especially since I hadn’t talked with these people in years. Finally I realized the greatest response came from approaching people in the most casual and friendly way (“Hi [Name], how’s it going?”), thereby beginning a natural conversation, and then later bringing up what I was working on, only after I had asked questions and found out what was happening in their life.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Everyone loves being listened to. Ask them how they are doing, what’s happening? Get them to elaborate.

The one who asks the questions, controls the conversation.

Key points, my friend.

For example, I sent this message to re-connect with a co-worker on Facebook:

Hey [First Name], it’s Bevan, we worked on the highway job near Banff. How are you man? Are you still in surveying?

On Feb. 27, I uploaded the second blog post and I continued networking in a very focused way.

I was just starting to share some of the software I had created and refined over the years, but I didn’t get very far with it before I got a job offer through a friend that I reached out to connect with on Facebook.

After I sent my friend (and co-worker from a previous employer) a friend request on Facebook, without even sending a message, he messaged me the following on March 14:

Networking Steve Jobs Offer

You never know from whence opportunity will come to you, but it most often comes through people who know you

(By the way, when you send friend requests on Facebook, you should always send a message to begin a conversation and connect with the person. But my friend knew me and liked me already, from the time we had worked together. We’re both professionals at what we do.)

When the job offer came so quickly (only 5 weeks after I began verbally reciting my goal, intention and gratitude statements), I hadn’t yet made any money from my new business of custom software development. I was just getting the word out about what I offer and building my credibility by sharing my expertise and looking for new problems to solve. Since I would be able to reach my goal of generating a six figure income in 2013, I took the job. It was guaranteed hourly pay. I’d been flat broke for two years, after quitting my last surveying job and trying to create a social media consultancy business, which flopped. So I went with a sure thing.

I’m going to make a confession.

At that time, I didn’t want to do the job. I was accustomed to my lazy lifestyle, hanging out with my dad in Princeton BC, but I was determined to do whatever it took, even though that meant working in Fort McMurray in a tar sand mine and getting up really early and working 12 hour days, every day, 7 days a week. I went for it and got the job. They needed someone with my skills.

What I did online really helped me get noticed. My co-worker later told me he saw what I had posted and that got him thinking that I would be a perfect fit on their current project, which was one of Western Canada’s Major Projects.

And the new job worked out really well. The work is interesting. We are specialists. I get paid more than I did before. My employer and I are a good fit. I was awarded the opportunity to actually create and use my own software on the job, which was a new experience for me.

By June, I realized that I was actually earning $100,000 in 2013 and helping surveyors work more efficiently and effectively with my custom software solutions!

The statements I had repeated to myself over and over had become my reality.

Cool.

Back to the story of what I did…

I posted a third time on March 19, and that was it for unpaid content creation. After I was hired, I was incredibly busy and I just focused on my job and negotiated a pay raise after the first month of work.

Coffee Cup

I met my lovely girlfriend on June 9, when I was in Vancouver on a break from work in Fort McMurray. She has an amazing smile! (There’s a funny story about how we met… She found me by searching on Google for how to invite all your friends to an event on Facebook, and found my blog post. At that time the end of the post said something like “If you found this useful, please buy me a cup of coffee” and there was a image of a coffee cup and when people clicked on it, they landed on Paypal and could send me money so I could buy coffee… She found it very useful for event promotion and wrote to me in gratitude wanting to buy me a cup of coffee, since she didn’t realize I meant, “click and send money online” … and I happened to be coming to Vancouver the next week so I took her up on it. We had a blast and felt great peace and happiness when together. The rest is history. And when I have a good photo of us that we both like, I’ll put it here.)

Now that I’m earning a good living working at my full time job, I’m able to get back into networking part time and work on my fortune. (Profits lead to fortune.) I’m now building residual income streams by helping people who are looking for more out of life, add additional residual income streams! I’m very grateful!

Networking is a friends for life program. It’s personal development disguised as a business.

This is me near Playa Chacala, at a little secluded cove living life to the fullest… literally making a dream come true!

Rock Climbing Bouldering

… So that’s how I went from broke to earning over $100,000 this year, 2013. I decided on a definite goal, I repeated it to myself until I was blue in the face, and I TOOK ACTION.

It’s been great talking with you, my friend. :)

Please take this to heart :)

~ Bevan Bird

Mr. Kitsilano

Napoleon Hill – The Law of Success

“You can learn to acquire vast amounts of wealth by learning to think like the men and women who have already achieved wealth and success.” -Napoleon Hill

“My search lead me to the study of the spiritual forces with which all of us are blessed. And it was in this field that I came upon a clue which has enabled me to help millions of people to find their earthly destinies. I want to describe my discovery in the simplest terms possible, because it will reveal to you why it is true that whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve, regardless of how many times you have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.

I got my first fleeting glimpse of the profound law which provided the means by which we may choose our own purpose in life and obtain it while I was being coached by Andrew Carnegie during the organization of the Science of Success Philosophy. I had just finished telling Mr. Carnegie that I feared that he had chosen the wrong person to give the world the first practical philosophy of personal success, because of my youth, my lack of education and my lack of finances. Well, at this point Mr. Carnegie delivered a lecture that I shall never forget because it changed my entire life and paved my way for my helping to change the lives of millions of people, some of them not yet born.

“Let me call your attention to a great power which is under your control,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the power which is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all of your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it toward whatever end you may desire. This profound power,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is the gift of the Creator, and it must have been considered the greatest of all of his gifts to man, because it is the only thing over which man has the complete and unchallengeable right of control and direction.”

“When you speak of your poverty and your lack of education,” Mr. Carnegie explained, “you are simply directing your mind power to attract these undesirable circumstances. Because it is true that whatever your mind feeds upon, your mind attracts to you. Now you see why it is important that you recognize that all success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life.”

Then, Mr. Carnegie continued his speech with a description of a great universal truth which made such an impact upon my mind that I began then and there to give myself a new outlook on life and I set up for myself a goal so far above my previous achievements, that it shocked my friends and relatives when they heard about it.

“Everyone,” said Mr. Carnegie, “comes to the earth plane blessed with the priviledge of controlling his mind power and directing it towards whatever ends he may choose. But,” he continued, “everyone brings over with him at birth the equivalent of two sealed envelopes, one of which is clearly labeled: The Riches you may enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it to ends of your own choice. And the other is labelled: The Penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your mind and direct it.”

“And now, let me reveal to you,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the contents of those two sealed envelopes. In the one labeled Riches is this list of blessings:
1 Sound health.
2 Peace of mind.
3 A labor of love of your own choice.
4 Freedom from fear and worry.
5 A positive mental attitude.
6 Material riches of your own choice and quantity.”

“In the sealed envelope labeled Penalties,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is this list of the prices one must pay for neglecting to take possession of one’s own mind:
1 Ill health.
2 Fear and worry.
3 Indecision and doubt.
4 Frustration and discouragement throughout life.
5 Poverty and want.
6 And a whole flock of evils consisting of envy, greed, jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition.”

Now, my mission in life is to help you and everyone who needs my help to open up and use the contents of the sealed envelope labeled Riches. And the starting point from which you must take off if you wish to write your own ticket from here on out, for the remainder of your life, I will describe for you in these simple instructions:

1 – Procure a neat pocket-size notebook. (Or something on the order of this one here, loose leaf affair). And on page one write down a clear description of your major desire in life. The one circumstance, position or thing which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before you begin writing, that your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind or permit others to set up for you.

And 2 – On page two of your notebook write down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give in return for that which you desire from life. And then start right where you stand now to begin giving.

And 3 – Memorize both of your statements, what you desire and what you intend to give in return for it. And repeat them at least a dozen times daily.

And always end your statements with this expression of gratitude for the blessing with which you were gifted at birth:

“I ask not, oh divine providence, for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I desire.”

If you are not too successful or self-satisfied to accept and express this profound prayer; if you accept it and express it in the same spirit of humble sincerity in which I pass it on to you, then you and the better world will reveal itself to you. A world in which you will see reflected the circumstances and the things which you yourself have created.”

And now, let me close this, our first visit, with my favorite expression of gratitude: “Oh divine providence, I ask not for more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I desire.”

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

It’s all about mindset, being consistent, persistent, and persevering no matter what!

How do you like my story?

Do you program your subconscious mind?

Leave a comment if you’re excited about taking control of your destination by directing your thoughts towards what you want!

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Level Loop Adjustment Spreadsheet

This handy spreadsheet computes a level loop’s misclosure and distributes corrections evenly throughout the loop. You supply the rod readings or height differences around the loop as well as the starting and ending elevation. The spreadsheet computes the misclosure and adjusted elevations for all stations in the loop.

There’s a blank spreadsheet with the formulas in it, ready to use and an example spreadsheet as well.

Level Loop Adjustment Spreadsheet Example

Level Loop Adjustment Example

Compatibility

Microsoft Excel 2003 or later

How To Use

1. Download the Level Loop Adjustment Spreadsheet (Zip file, 16Kb)  and extract it.

2. Open Level-Loop-Adjustment.xls in Excel. (Or look at the example).

3. Follow the steps in the spreadsheet. Only input data where headings are green.
(Blue headings indicate computed values.)

Example

Open Level-Loop-Adjustment-EXAMPLE.xls in Excel to view an example.

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Data Mapper

A problem that Data Mapper solves

A problem that Data Mapper solves

If you have missing data, sorting it won’t line up all the rows correctly. But Data Mapper will. Where there is no data available (null), there will be an empty row.

Once you know the steps, it will take just a few seconds to use and will save you time.
There is no need for a manual. The software will guide you through the steps.

I takes me 10 seconds or less to use this tool, provided there are no problems to correct in the data, such as duplicate key values.

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Want to know how to invite all your friends to a Facebook event all at once?

Do you want to invite lots of your Facebook friends to an event, page or group? It’s a tedious task to select them one-by-one, which is why the “Toggle all” button is so great. It lets you select them all at once at the push of a button – it’s a great time saver.

Warning: I will not be held responsible for any consequences you create by using this information. It’s powerful and can be abused. Be careful and do not overuse this secret…

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A Facebook trick to select all your friends at once

Before I tell you how to get the Toggle all button, I’ll show you a code you can use to quickly select them all. Then I’ll tell you how to use it. You might already know, that’s why I put the code first.

javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName("checkableitems[]");for (i=0;i<elms.length;i++){if (elms[i].type="checkbox" )elms[i].click()};

1. Login to Facebook and then go to any event, your page, or group you want to invite people to.

2. After you indicate whether you’re attending or maybe attending, the “Invite friends” button appears and then you have to click it.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of that window, so all your friends load. You might have to scroll multiple times. You can’t select friends who don’t appear in the window.

4. Copy the code above and paste it into the address bar of your browser (where it says www.facebook.com/event…) and then BEFORE you hit the Enter key: Press the HOME key or scroll back to the beginning of the code you pasted in the address bar. Make sure it starts with “javascript:…” – it may not! It might start with “var x=…” Retype javascript: manually at the beginning. :)

Once again, if you paste the code and press Enter and it goes to a Google search results page… you’ve got to add javascript: to the beginning… then hit Enter.

5. Wait until all the visible friends are selected (this might take a little while.)

6. You can also add a personal message before you click the “Send Invitations” button, if you’d like.

7. Click “Submit”

I hope you found this useful.

Being able to find the active, popular people is invaluable. I love this tool! Check it out…

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Toggle All Button - Another Facebook trick to select all your friends at once

1. You need the Google Chrome browser to get the button. This is the browser I recommend using anyway since it’s so fast. If you don’t have it yet, download it from http://www.google.com/chrome

2. Open Google Chrome and download the add on called “Extensions” here https://chrome.google.com/extensions

3. Go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore and search for “Toggle all” or “Facebook Inviter”

4. Click the “ADD TO CHROME” button beside Facebook Inviter.

5. Click Install.

6. Once it’s installed, login to Facebook using Google Chrome and then go to any event, your page, or group you want to invite people to.

7. After you indicate whether you’re attending or maybe attending, the “Invite friends” button appears and then you have to click that button.

8. You’ll notice that a “Toggle all” button appears with the Submit and Cancel buttons. Click the “Toggle all” button and it will automatically select all your friends for you. It may take a few moments to process.

9. Click “Submit”

NOTE: You only have to install the “Toggle all” button once. After that, it’ll always be there for you to use.

Hope that helps!

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