Monday, October 27, 2008

Issue 490 - The NFL's Biggest Problem

I hope everything is ok where you are.

The more eagle-eyed reader may have noticed there was no issue last week.
I was set to do another Tuesday issue around my work at the curling rink, but then realised I had no topic to write about!

I left it couple of days hoping that a subject would come to me, but it never did, and by that stage I thought I could write about lack of inspiration, but thought that would be writing for the sake of it, so I didn't!

This week I am back on the sport, which I haven't touched for a coupe of weeks at least!
I played in the English Masters curling tournament at the weekend, the biggest event in England this year, and at the end of the 2 day competition, my team lost out on the title with the last stone! Oh well, such is sport, it can go either way, but it was good fun to take part in.
There are some pictures of me in my extra special curling trousers which I'll sort for next week.

Also over the weekend, the NFL came to London.
For many years they held pre-season friendlies here, but although they sold out, the pre-season nature meant the games never had that extra edge.
Last year was the first regular season game outside the US continent, and despite the pouring rain it was a huge success. The fears of how it might affect the teams were dispelled when one if them went on to win the Superbowl.

This weekend the New Orleans Saints beat the San Diego Chargers in a high scoring game, but my point is not about the score, it's about the business nature of the NFL.
The boss of the league said after last year that he wanted the game to be a global passion - well that will never happen, and it's the business model which stops it.
The NFL is a franchise operation - every team is a franchise of the business, meaning they have to adhere to the NFL's policies, you can't just start a team and win the Superbowl.

In the same weekend as the London NFL game was taking place, Hull City went to the top of the Premier League in British soccer.
In soccer, you *can* just start a team, and there is nothing to stop you going all the way to the top, and this season is Hull's first in the top flight.
This simple difference is fundamental and it's possibly the biggest reason the NFL will never be a true global passion.

You can still make money from it though!
I used to make good money selling replica NFL helmets and jerseys, and it's still big business today, but you can use this weekend's London game in lots of ways to make money.

I write about the method in my 'Make Money From Sport' book, and at just $7, don't let the credit crunch get in your way!
In fact this method will still work in leaner economic times, and may well help you out if things get stretched!

Ok, that's it for this week, I'm off to write to Mr. NFL with my advice...

'Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Issue 489 - What's Your Attitude?

I hope Monday finds you well.
Today's issue is about attitude.

It's one of the 4 magic words beginning with 'A' that I wrote about in my 'Transform Your Life' book.
(Of course you can find out what the other 3 are by clicking the link at the bottom!!)

The global financial crisis is now getting to such proportions that the general public can no longer dismiss it as something restricted to the financial circles, or something that's the flavour of the month in the press.

Here in the UK, some of the biggest banks we have have seen huge amounts of their business taken over by the government, in other words the taxpayer.
This means that the attitude of the banks will have to change. To say it's becoming clear that the banking institutions were being reckless for years is not true, as people have been saying it for many years - it's just that it was ignored by too many people for too long, as plenty of money was being made.

That illogical attitude of lending to people who were unlikely to pay back has to stop, and as a result the effect will ripple down through businesses at all level and into the pockets of individuals.
Many people will find radical changes being imposed on them, and it will be a huge culture shock to the system.

Change and shocks to the system are always going to happen.
They can't always be predicted, they can't always be controlled.
However, one thing that you can always control is your attitude to change.
You can mope and whine about things, or you can accept change as merely something different, even turning it into the most positive thing that has ever happened.

That may sound glib, some may say childish, and of course some changes and hardships can't be wiped away with a silly grin.
That's not what I'm saying - my point is that the attitude you take is paramount to your contentment in life, through the good time as well as bad, and any time is a good time to check and make sure your attitude is one which helps you rather than hinders you - after all it's your attitude, so why not pick the one that makes your life easiest!

Ok, that's it for this week, feel free to email me with your attitude!

'Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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Monday, October 06, 2008

Issue 488 - 4 Foot High On Tiptoes!

I hope everything is ok with you.

After last week's issue when I mentioned an affair with someone 12 years younger than me, someone emailed me hoping that I wasn't 20 at the time!
No, I was in fact 30, and with her at 18 it was a shock to me as much as anyone else I can tell you.
So if the same thing is to happen at the curling rink, I'd be looking at someone aged around 30 now!

I was coaching a group with a woman of about that age the other day.
She was tiny, about 4 foot high on tip toes, and I commented on how small her shoes must be.
She turned to her colleagues and shouted 'He just called me a dwarf!!'

She was obviously happy to joke about her height so I took the bait and replied that I hadn't called her a dwarf, because in fact she 'was probably more a midget than a dwarf.'
She asked me what the difference was, and I told her I wasnt an expert and that she should probably know. I said I think dwarfism is a medical condition, and a midget is just a very small person?

Anyway I reckon she fancies me, evidenced by the fact that she's been too shy to get in touch since then.
Maybe she'll come round (and growing a few inches wouldn't hurt either...)

The rink is actually open now, and it's been good to see people curling, and I've won a couple of games too. I decided to lead a team this year so it's good to get wins on the board nice and early.
To celebrate me winning a couple of games, and the rink opening as we crack into October, I'm offering my book which I wrote last year for a special price of $5.

I called it '40+' and it's about how I used goal achievement theory over the previous 20 years. It's more of a story in style than my 'Transform Your Life in 21 days' book, and covers all sorts of things like the above mentioned 18 year old, various entertainment jobs, and coming out of the fog of depression.
It also mentions an idea I had for a new adventure, which I still haven't decided whether to dive into or not.

So anyhoo, if you enjoy my waffle and fancy having a read about various things I've done over the last 20 years, at $5 I reckon you might enjoy it.
No sales page, no big hype, just go to Paypal and send me a $5 payment to and I'll manually send you the book - it's even got some dodgy pictures in it!

Ok, that's it for this week, I'm off to get out my medical dictionary.

'Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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