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One of things that has really boosted my productivity is the addition of not only multiple monitors (most computers come equipped with dual monitor video cards these days), but also BIGGER monitors.

My current setup has two 24 inch widescreen monitors.

Bigger Is NOT Always Better!

In the case of monitors adding a second or even just adding a bigger monitor can actually decrease productivity if not used the correct way.

It is often very tempting to leave open an email client, IM client or some other time waster.

That is why I hesitate to do this...


I have a 24 inch wide screen Acer F-22 Ferrari monitor and I am wondering if it has your name on it.

Here Is How This Is Going To Work!

I will ship this monitor (free of charge) as my gift to one lucky reader.

Comments on this post will be CLOSED on Wednesday, April 21, 2010  at 5PM Mountain Time

I will announce the lucky reader on Thursday April 22, 2010 and have this in the mail on Friday, April 23, 2010.

You must complete the following to be considered:

1)  Post a comment with the following information:

  • What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
  • What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
  • How will this monitor help your business?
  • What is your top productivity tip?

I hope this monitor has your name on it.  I will post the name of the lucky subscriber here on Thursday April 22, 2010

Congratulations to Mike Ippersiel for submitting winning my 24" wide-screen Ferrari branded monitor.

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Comments (222)

  • Dave Aron

    1) My biggest obstacle has been Procrastination. I have lots of ideas but haven’t taken the time to fully implement them.

    2) One major project I am working on right now is selling dozens of domain names that I have owned for a long time. By April 30th, I will have sold the first of several domains. I am committed to setting up a process for getting the domains ready for sale and then actually following through, finding buyers, and completing the sale. I have just completed a massive appraisal of my current domain portfolio, and I know that this will add to my business income.

    3) A 24-inch monitor would help greatly, since I could use my computer more effectively with the additional screen area. It would allow me to manage my lists of domain names, looking at all the necessary details without having to scroll the windows up and down. I would also use it for web design, keeping the source HTML code on one side and the web browser open on the other side.

    4) My biggest productivity tip is to send most calls to voicemail (exceptions can be made for spouses and business partners, of course!), saving all your return calls until early afternoon. I use 2:30-3pm in the afternoon, since I’m in the midwest this allows me to return calls on both the East and West Coasts. (but you might need to use 1pm if you are on the West Coast). Then set aside time to call everyone back during that hour, knocking out several issues at once.

    Thanks Lance!


    April 16, 2010 at 3:55 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hey Dave…

      If procrastination is your biggest problem then START DOING SOMETHING!!!

      LOL.. just kidding. Here is what I recommend.
      Start your day tackling the thing you like least.
      That way you can use your energy to get focused.

      Don’t open your email until you get one task accomplished (unless it is to read mine of course. 😉 )

      Think in smaller chunks, not the entire project.
      For example..

      Register the domain
      Set up the sales page
      Setup the payment processor
      etc, etc…

      That makes it easier to see progress and keep you focused and excited.

      Finally, give yourself a reward for each task you complete.
      For example, I like to go up and play with my daughter Grace for 10 or 15 minutes after each task I complete.

      Find something to motivate you and use it to your advantage.

      April 16, 2010 at 6:11 am
  • Akmal

    1. My biggest obstacle on my business is time management. I have lots of ideas but the problem is I am very poor with time management. I always spent more time with forums, facebook, twitter etc & left all my works undone. I must improve on this before middle of 2010.

    2. Since most of my internet income comes from website flipping, the major project I am doing right now is developing a website to group all website flippers and share our knowledge. It will be based on a new forum that I am developing right now. And, the website will also sell 4 or more type of website that you can flip. E.g start up website, Adsense site, Clickbank ready product, membership site etc. Each type will be packed in a eBook & will be sell separately. Hope the website I am developing right now will be a great platform for all website flippers. 🙂

    3.The 24 inch monitor will definitely help me a lot in the business that I currently involve on. I am a website flipper, I done a lot of website designing & redesign every single day, dealing with css code & html code, this monitor surely will help me to have more view on my design & less moving up & down to check on my css & html code. And, I can do lot more stuffs in one time with this huge monitor since what I am using right now is a 13 inch monitor. -_-

    4.My biggest productivity tip is to hire extra man to help me doing stuffs. It is like hiring a virtual assistant doing some stuffs e.g reply & manage emails, send order download link, reply on any simple questions, managing order & Q&A on every outsorce I do and lots more. Virtual assistant will manage all the small stuffs while I will be doing more heavy stuffs which is my plan & ideas to generate more money. 🙂


    April 16, 2010 at 4:29 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      Sounds like you have a great product coming out. Make sure you come back and post the link when you are done so we can check it out.

      If you are spending to much time on forums, twitter, social media sites etc… STOP! lol

      Here is what you need to do…

      Set a timer, the one I use is called CoolTimer just do a search for it (thanks Super Robert!).

      Give yourself 20 minutes a day to do whatever social media type, time wasting stuff you do and when it goes off. Stop!

      If you feel like you need more time on these time of time wasters (not sure why you would). Then use “time waster” time as a reward for yourself after completing a task that will actually make you money. Again set a timer.

      Looking forward to hearing about your product!

      April 16, 2010 at 6:16 am
      • Akmal

        Hi Lance,

        The CoolTimer sounds really cool! I will spend some time to check it out. How it works & etc. 🙂

        About my project, yes I will make sure it is done & will give the link for you to check it out. Just wish me luck on this, this will be one of the biggest project in my life as a internet marketer. Actually I have released this product but it was in my country languange, the great thing was the product have produced few great success in flipping. Some of them sell sites for $200, $247, $97 & the best was $800. 🙂

        That is why I am planning to produce it internationally, just hope for the best.

        FYI, I am working really hard this past few weeks, you know why? I want to find some more cash & start susbcribe on your project, membership cube. It sounds really cool & I will make sure I have an extra $94 per month & I will be in for that! 🙂

        Wish me all the best Lance.


        April 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm
  • Joe Gilder

    It’s so funny that you’re doing a giveaway on April 22. So am I. That’s the 1-year anniversary of my website. 😉

    1. My biggest obstacle right now is how I’m going to handle the next 6 months. My business is growing steadily, and I imagine that over the next 6 months to a year I will need help running it. Getting those systems in place will be an interesting challenge.

    2. By April 30, I will have launched 3 different products: 1 video product and two separate membership sites. One membership site will be in its 4th “class,” the other just launched last month.

    3. The main focus of my business is video tutorials. More screen real estate = less switching between windows when editing/shooting video.

    4. DO SOMETHING. Even though I’ve only been making income from my site for the last 6 months, occasionally people will comment on how it’s “not fair” that I don’t have to work a 9-5 or that I’m “lucky.” I’m certainly blessed, but this didn’t just fall in my lap. I went out and grabbed it. Nothing worthwhile ever falls in your lap.

    Thanks Lance.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:28 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      OHHHHH Yeeeaaaah!!!

      3 product in the next 2 weeks!
      NOW that is what I like to hear!

      Keep up the good work!

      And I love the tip “Do Something”… just make sure it is something that is moving your business in the direction you want..

      April 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm
  • Dan Briffa

    Hey Lance

    My biggest obstacle right now is dealing with multiple projects, and where to put my time.

    By the 30th I’d like my new system in place, and getting to grips with a new shopping cart and affiliate management system.

    With so many things going on on my desktop the extra space i think would be welcome… 🙂

    My productivity tup, get yourself a countdown timer, and work in block sessions of 50 mins, rest for 10 then repeat again, then have a 30 min break – got that tip from Eben Pagen, been using this a while and it does seem to help. 🙂

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Dan “the Mizan”..

      Do I know YOU would love a Ferrari monitor like no one else.
      Then you could have that picture on your desktop framed by an actual Ferrari monitor..

      Ok… so what does “new system” in place mean? You obviously don’t need to reveal exactly what that means. But is it something concrete?

      Does that mean that you will have something launched?

      Also, “I’d like” does not make me feel to confident that it will be done. 😉

      Love the timer tip…

      April 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm
  • Benjamin

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    How will this monitor help your business?
    What is your top productivity tip?

    My biggest obstacle is not knowing were to start. Buy April 30, i will join MembershipCube and create my first membership site up and running…This monitor will help me create my first membership site with MembershipCube because it will be a lot easier on my eyes because i have an old Crusty monitor one now and its hard to see…lol
    My top productivity would be paid advertising and video creation for seo rankings.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:56 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      I might be biased, but I do agree that Membership Cube is an EXCELLENT place to start.. 😉

      May as well start in the right place rather than fumble around with systems that claim you can “upgrade” later.

      It never happens. Just build your business right the first time.

      April 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm
  • Dean Holland

    Hey Lance!

    Great offer my man, hopefully I can get a chance to win 🙂

    I think the biggest obstacle for me right now with my business is simply time, I remember a while back there used to be planty of time in the days…

    …But now I swear I just cant get it all done lol… Time for more help I reckon maybe?

    By April 30th I aim to have contact at least 100 new JV partners to form relationships with them and develop friendships with fellow marketers.

    This will take my business forward with our membership site and launch in May 🙂

    The monitor would be a great help to me, SERIOUSLY!

    I have just one monitor right now, in fact up until a few weeks ago my monitor was less than 15 inches! ( Go on then laugh lol )

    Now I have a better one … but it is only one. It’s clear to me the benefits of having more than one monitor and it’s something that would definately improve my productivity in a positive way.

    Having the extra desktop space would be cool. I think for me the biggest advantage it would hold is for when I do webinars.

    I’m always cautious about the view being good for the attendees but I never know as I cant see… If I had another monitor I could have their view in one, that would be great help especially as I’m looking to do more of these in future.

    You do many webinars I believe so you would be the best to tell me if that’s a good thing to be able to do and the value in that?

    As for my biggets productivity tip for anyone…

    I would have to say switch off all distractions and cut back on the tasks or things you do that produce little or no results.

    There is so much that wastes time – reading emails too often, playing around too much on social media sites, checking stats too often etc…

    All these things are great fun to do, and I for one had to cut back on these things myself!

    Just assess what time you have to commit to growing your online business, plan that time well with the tasks you know need completing.

    Then work through your plan to get it all done, then you can do the other ‘non-essesntial’ things.

    This should help anyone become more productive and achieve bigger and better results!

    Many thanks Lance! ( Good luck me hehe )


    April 16, 2010 at 6:05 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      I actually saw your video of your old setup. I can’t believe that you built your whole business with that thing and waited so long to upgrade!

      It just goes to show that NO ONE can say that they don’t have a good enough computer to build a business.

      You are living proof.

      As far as webinars go. Lower screen resolution = better experience for your audience. It might suck for you.. but it’s not about you right?

      April 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm
  • Lynn Fecke

    I have worked with a partner for about several years and my biggest obstacle now is that he has fallen very ill and cannot help any more with decisions and with ideas and with programming our websites and those of our customers. I seem to work best with someone and working alone will be a hard to overcome, but I know that I can do this and continue to be successful along the way as well.

    By April 30, I plan to have a membership site committed to diabetes allowing those with this disease to share and to learn, grow, and find out the latest news. I also want to have a website up that will allow me to receive leads from people wanting to sell their home, prevent foreclosures, or to buy investment properties. I am not able to be a full fledge real estate agent as I am walking-disabled and would not be able to show homes, but this is a way I can work with a local realtor and earn some commissions when the leads I provide are worked. I have always been interested in real estate and, even though this is a hard time, I think now is my chance to get involved.

    This monitor would help my business in that I would like to have two monitors side by side and enable me to do more graphics and more programming without closing so many windows as I have to work now. I have a Dell and an HP computer and the Dell has no monitor as yet so this would work out perfectly!

    The best tip I can give as far as productivity is what works for me and that is to make a LIST of Daily Activities.
    If I don’t have a list, then I will spend hours online and jump from one idea and email and website to another and then look back and it has been two hours. It also gives me a sense of accomplishment to cross items off the list. I have also learned to have one email box that I use for any and all responses online. If it is a website that asks for my information and email, then I use that email box and as I see the mails come in, if I decide I want to continue to hear from that person, then I subscribe with my main business email account and unsubscribe with the first email box. This saves me a ton of time with email because my main email box does not get flooded with all kinds of come-ons and buy-this deals. I will also make a folder filter for that person and the emails will all go there for me to read as I desire. When I have time, I read the sales letters in the first email box and yes, I do buy things too! But, my time is better spent deciding what I WANT and NEED to do online rather than using up valuable business time.

    I wish everyone well in their business and in this contest! I learn a lot from online mentors and appreciate all they offer.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:17 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi Lynn,

      I know how hard it is to find a partner that you trust, but if you need to find a new partner then don’t let that hold you back from being successful.

      Also, you mention that you are going to have a diabetes and a real estate site up be April 30th.

      My humble suggestion is that you focus on just one of those. And even consider just choosing a single niche.

      Pick the one you are most passionate about and go with that.

      It is too easy to get overwhelmed with multiple niches, especially if you already feeling that way because of the lack of a business partner.

      Keep us posted and best wishes!

      April 17, 2010 at 4:14 am
  • Judith

    Cool monitor, and thanks for this exercise!

    My biggest obstacles are two things:
    really bad cash flow, and lack of confidence in going into the fray and trying to sell something I’ve only discovered in the last three months.

    It took me about two months of following the pack, wondering what I could offer people (and what value I could give given that I’m too new at this), and I could have kicked myself when I realized my years of copy strategy, advertising, direct response and brand building experience was something I could leverage.

    It’s really strange (and freeing!) when all the while you’ve been thinking “How do I sell this stuff when I don’t KNOW this stuff” and then realize you’ve actually spent more than half a lifetime making a career out of selling stuff you’ve only read the client and creative brief on the same day.

    How that monitor will help my business: I’m going to put a squeeze page on my website and turn around and raffle it off to build my list. 😀

    By April 21, I will have decided to stop playing around with Adsense sites and start on the first batch of content for my writing (membership) site and my brand building/copywriting site — I just need to decide whether to split them or mash the two together. I should have it up and ready by April 30.

    My productivity tip is the opposite of your first reply here, though. I do the stuff I like first, because it’s easier and faster for me to focus and get into work mode that way.
    I get things done without being slowed down by thoughts of “I’d rather be (doing this).” But because I’m an airhead who loses track of time, I have an alarm clock by my desk.

    The task I like the least is usually halfway through my list, with a big red note that says *DROP EVERYTHING AND WORK ON THIS BY 2:00 P.M.”

    I’ve rarely had to cut short anything I’m working on before that 2:00 p.m. job though. The dread of having to stop, lose momentum and have to try to restart is usually enough to give the incentive to finish everything I need to do before the “drop everything” deadline.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:02 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Judith… You welcome! Thanks for participating…

      It sounds like you have the ‘shiny object syndrome’

      First, pick one system (please drop adsense) and work it.

      The problem I see too many people fall into is that they start with one system. Pick the parts they like. Ignore the parts that are ‘hard’ and then try to supplement that part with another system.

      Then when it all falls apart, they blame the system instead of themselves.

      It isn’t the system that failed. It was the implementer. They didn’t actually do ANY system. They made up their own.

      Pick one and stick to it (as long as it isn’t Adsense). You might be pleasantly surprised!

      Keep me posted!

      April 17, 2010 at 4:20 am
      • Ju

        Nah, I have “the only blog/website I ever had before February was Livejournal and the first things I bought were a Blogging and an Adsense e-book so I might as well try it for a bit just to convince myself it isn’t me” syndrome.

        But yeah, since you say so, I’ll quit and stop playing. 😀 The idea of my Membership Cube membership going to waste should be enough motivation to be more serious.

        April 17, 2010 at 7:04 am
        • Lance Tamashiro

          Paying for something always motivates to use and implement.

          People are always shocked to hear that Robert and I buy each others’ products even though we work together. 🙂

          April 19, 2010 at 3:39 am
          • Judith

            Funny, I just persuaded my best friend to buy the first membership in my entry level membership site. I figured she was the perfect target market for the only thing I’m confident enough to teach well enough to charge money for doing, and since she’s my friend and worst critic, I’d be accountable for the quality.

            April 19, 2010 at 7:07 am
  • Judy Jackson

    –What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    I’m seeing a common thread among us – time management. Specifically for me is scheduling and then STICKING WITH IT!

    –What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    By the 30th I will have a membership site up and running and be putting the final touches on the promotion for another.

    –How will this monitor help your business?
    I am heavily involved in several projects. I have my computer set up with multiple desktops (spaces on a Mac) that I can switch from one to another to another but I can’t look at them simultaneously. Switching, trying to remember what info is on which desktop, getting lost on occasion, having the computer switch me to different spaces that I don’t want to go to when I click on applications, etc. slows my production waaaaaaay down. A second monitor would speed up production and make it run seriously smoother.

    I’m in the middle of setting up an online school (will be with classes beginning the middle of June) directed to remedial math and writing for middle school kids (to begin with) or enrichment courses for kids younger than middle school) This requires me to be working on multiple components as well as working with my corroborating partner all at the same time. A second monitor sure would be nice.

    –What is your top productivity tip?
    Do “it” NOW, while whatever “it” is is still fresh in your mind and you have excitement for “it”.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:36 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Awesome idea! An online school! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

      You hit the nail on the head when you say it seems like everyone is struggling with time management.

      Funny thing is. Robert and I have numerous Time Management courses, but of course, they are the hardest to sell…


      Because they just aren’t as ‘sexy’ as ‘make a million dollars overnight’…

      Plus, people don’t seem to understand that this skill is vital to their success. 🙁

      April 17, 2010 at 4:23 am
  • Paul Williams

    ◦What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    My biggest business challenge is that I have multiple projects going on and I need to focus on them one at a time.

    ◦What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I will have set up 3 membership sites and be generating $1000 per month by midnight GMT April 30th 2010.

    ◦How will this monitor help your business?
    Currently I use two computers at my desk rather than one with two monitors, but the extra clutter of keyboards or a KVM switch just doesn’t work.
    I will be able to deliver webinar training efficiently with a two monitor setup, and that is increasingly where my business is heading.
    I will also be able to repurpose my content faster by being able to have the original format and the new format I’m creating open at the same time.
    Also I will be able to do an hour a day of eye-patching for my post eye operation baby boy (who rips of the patch unless well distracted) by distracting him with episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine on one screen while I quietly get on with writing membership site content on the other screen 🙂
    ◦What is your top productivity tip?
    Apart from don’t have children? 🙂 Actually, my top productivity tip is HAVE children. There’s nothing like having no sleep for months and having to learn to fit every task into ten minutes, to make a person much more productive than they were before they had kids. I think that my son is my ultimate accountability partner. I cannot let him down, and it is because of him that I have this crazy goal about replacing my current job with my internet business by May 31st 2010. You heard it here first folks.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:49 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      hahahah… now that is a new one!

      HAVE children to increase time management!

      You might be on to something there.

      I think that having 3 membership site generating that kind of cash in such a short time might be tough. But then again, who am I to hold you back.. 😉

      My suggestion would be to focus on completing one at a time instead of all 3 at once.

      Good luck and let me know how it goes!

      April 17, 2010 at 4:25 am
  • Joseph Ting

    My biggest obstacle is to achieve success, I have to sacrifice a lot of thing and do something I don’t really like to do.

    I’ve created several review sites and failed but did not stopped. Continuing to create more and learn from what I’ve done wrong previously.

    With better monitor, clearer pictures, wider screen. Better is always good. Clearer pictures give me and monitor more time to stay together. Wider screen means multi-task made easier than ever.

    Use To-Do list consistently and follow it. This is very powerful and effective.

    – Joseph

    P/S: It’s kinda hard posting comment on your blog on Firefox.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:55 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hey Joseph,

      A To-Do list is ‘OK’… as long as it doesn’t become, as my friend Super Robert says, ‘A List of Lists’…

      I personally prefer not to use a To Do list in the conventional way. Instead I make notes of daily tasks.

      April 17, 2010 at 4:28 am
      • Joseph Ting

        OMG… A list of lists??! That will kill me by looking at them.

        Your tips looks much better and put less pressure to myself. =D

        April 17, 2010 at 7:27 am
  • Bill Rich

    Hey Lance, nice offer that monitor will look nice on my computer desk.

    I face perhaps the ultimate obstacle for anyone just trying to launch a business. Mine is a compound problem of procrastination and information overload.
    My wife calls me a cheapskate…For good reason I guess…I register for a great many FREE IM offers as I think one can ultimately acquire the information required to be successful online for free. I always thought 80 Gigs was a lot of hard drive, now I’m not so sure.

    I purchased a domain and hosting in Jan. of this year – spent weeks picking a WP theme and got that uploaded but haven’t done anything more…Indecision is another killer…By April 30 I Will commit to the direction I want My site to go and start posting…I’ve got nearly 80 Gigs of stuff to give away. I really want to help others like myself-Baby boomers who are at or hear retirement whose retirement funds and dreams have been crushed. Unfortunately the only thing golden many have to look forward to is the color of their pee. Anyway I’d like to show all of these folks how to generate and extra $100 a day
    online to boost their bank accounts and spirits…Obviously I need all the HELP I can Get…Sounds like my first post is firming up.

    My new monitor will be a great benefit to my business. First off, my current monitor is the monitor which came with my first computer purchased about 15 years ago, an old GEM VGA 16″. I’m surprised it still works… Probably won’t for much longer. It seems that a lot of stuff online these days is intended for wide screens – with my little monitor I have to spend a lot of time scrolling back and forth because all the info doesn’t fit on this small screen and when I zoom out so the info does fit the print is so small that it hurts my eyes to read it. So a nice big wide screen would be a Godsend and definitely speed up the process for someone who can’t afford to waste time like me.

    And Finally, Since I and I’m sure many others get tied up with offers through email I thought a second email just for offers but then no! The top productivity tip I can give is something I have just implemented myself and that is . At the end of each day I open notepad and create a list of the top 5 things that I want to accomplish the next day, I print a copy of that list and tape it to my little monitor so it is the first thing I see when I start in the AM and that list is my road map of things to do for that day – No email,no phone, no distractions just GET ER DONE and it works. It gets me going first thing and once I’m on a roll look out.Just make a commitment and it will work for you too.

    Well I’ve rambled on enough
    Thanks for the opportunity
    and I’ll be talkin to you
    soon to tell you where to
    send my new monitor.


    April 16, 2010 at 8:56 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      I really like what you have to say here Bill and I think a lot of people struggle with the same things mention here.

      First… QUIT signing up for free offers… You are caught in the vicious ad swapper cycle.

      Have you really found anything of value in those 80 GB’s of rehashed “gifts”?

      Doesn’t sound like it.

      Here is a quote you should burn into your head..

      “You Pay For What You Get”

      Second. Don’t worry about being perfect.

      Look at most of my sales letters and squeeze pages. They are as simple as you can get.

      Just get something out there and then course correct as needed. Chances are you won’t need to..

      Quick Question… What are the odds that you can sell something and make any income with the products you have sitting on your hard drive?

      I’m just sayin… 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 4:37 am
      • Bill Rich

        Hey Lance , thanks for the reply.I realized several weeks ago that enough was enough with the offers and have been eliminating contributors left and right – just keeping a few who Have provided valuable information.
        Actually I have received quite a bit of value in the freebies sent my way…Lots of ebooks on every IM subject you can think of… a couple of complete sales systems w Affiliate products Web site templates,sales pages,Sqeeze pages,thank you pages… all sorts of MRR, PLR,you name it…I never save crap.
        More and more marketers are adopting the mindset of giving away truly valuable stuff to create a dedicated following (list). So in a word yes, I have accumulated a lot I can sell and a ton I can give away – I now have an autoresponder and will start giving ebooks etc to build a list and start driving traffic to my new site as well as several Free sites I have set up.

        FREE is good…. There I go again… more fuel for the new site.

        Thanks again

        April 18, 2010 at 10:18 am
    • Christine

      I really like that idea of printing out your list and taping it to the top of your monitor, Bill. Thanks for sharing that.

      April 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm
  • Bill R

    Hi Lance and everyone.

    The biggest obstacle we face with our business is finding the time to implement the new models we would like to use because of the amount of time working for others to make money. (This may seem ironic considering my answer to number 4, but it just seems like days have gotten shorter every year). Also finding the time to do these and keep our skills current and relevant.

    By April 30th we will have 5 new niche sites ready to begin marketing.

    This monitor would be a blessing as my partner’s monitor is getting so dim she can barely read it and due to extra financial stresses, we cannot afford one at the moment. To make matters worse, my monitor died completely and so we ended up having to get me a new one while we were saving up for hers.

    My productivity tip is; “it takes twice as long to do something quickly’. This is a programmers version of the old saw, ‘haste makes waste’. But it’s still true. Take a few minutes extra and do things right the first time. And multitasking is an oxymoron. I could write a book on this… Hmmm… Maybe I will.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:05 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      How about pick one model, one niche. Make that work and then either keep doing the same (that’s what I would do)..


      try a new model after that.

      Working on 5 niches sounds like a disaster waiting to happen (just my own opinion)

      April 17, 2010 at 4:39 am
      • Bill R

        Good point and advice Lance.

        Just to clarify, I didn’t explain that well enough. They will be all in the same niche. Just 5 new sites. We want them to look a little different and there are a few other differences but the same niche.

        April 17, 2010 at 9:36 am
  • Zulfikar

    Hey Lance

    Awesome offer once again and I believe that monitor has my name on it 🙂 LOL, need I comment further? 😛

    My biggest obstacle thus far has been having the right tools to deliver my products in a membership style – learning from the best, hint hint 😉

    By 30th of April 2010 I will have launched my first membership site and have a second one in pre-launch with 2 more to follow soon afterwards – 10 membership sites by end of 2010 based on your models.

    I provide a WordPress installation service and therefore work with many different themes – and these goes, the width vary from theme to theme and from customer to customer. The monito will be the ideal tool to work better on designs and deliver quality – in turn this will save me time that I can use on my other projects and be more productive.

    My top productivity tip is “In what ever you do and whichever business model you are using, you must set goals and most importantly – TAKE ACTION!”. And as a show of practising what I preach, my goals are set as above and I took action by joining MembershipCube 🙂

    April 16, 2010 at 9:11 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Sounds like you are on the right track with the best tools and models you can follow (of course, I AM biased.. lol)

      Are you creating your membership site based around the servie you already have?

      Seems like it might be a great fit.

      April 17, 2010 at 4:50 am
      • Zulfikar

        lol biase or not thats one awesome package 🙂

        Yes my first membership site is based around the service am providing – its more like give them the tools and show them how to use it for maximum benefits. Its a short training center kinda membership site.

        Being short, am toying with either the “One Time” or a “Finance Me” kinda recuring installments over 60 days paid monthly, once in and fully paid you are in for life.

        Any advice from you will be greatly appreciated – even though am following the training in MembershipCube.


        April 17, 2010 at 8:34 am
        • Lance Tamashiro

          The best thing to do is split test it.

          I personally like the “Finance Me” type of situation with the content dripped out over time.

          That way if they cancel or don’t make a payment they lose access.

          Typically if people make a one time payment they want all of the material at that time.

          My experience has been that this usually just leads to overwhelm (see a common theme in these comments?)

          I find that if you drip out the content you can actually prevent overwhelm and actually get your customers to consume the information (which IS the goal, right?)

          We had a little resistance when we first shifted to this model, however are customers are finding this to be much more beneficial to them.

          Give it a try!

          April 19, 2010 at 3:44 am
          • Zulfikar

            Totally agree on the overwhelm part and drip content being a better model.

            Will take up split test suggestion and see how it goes, very much appreciated Lance 🙂


            April 19, 2010 at 9:26 am
  • Mirtha Fasce

    My bigesst obstacle is the techies

    April 16, 2010 at 9:19 am
  • J. Freeman

    The largest reason I have had such a tough aside from lack of knowledge is the lack of tools at my disposal. Iam coming a difficult personal situation divorce and slow mney flow have not allowed me to purchase the mandatory tools to run an online. The free monitor would not be all that’s needed, but with it I would be closer to suceeding in this in my efforts. Thank you for MY monitor.

    J. Freeman

    April 16, 2010 at 9:30 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi J,

      Here is the thing about starting a business online.

      First, it is not free. However, it is significantly cheaper than doing it offline.

      I see a huge problem with people thinking they can come online make a million dollars with no money down (not saying that you think this.. just a generalization).

      What usually ends up happening is they actually end up spending more than they would have if they just picked a proven system and followed it to a “T”.

      I know I sure did.

      In reality these people end up ‘nickle and dime’ing’ themselves to death.

      April 17, 2010 at 4:52 am
      • J. Freeman

        Thanks for your response. You are quite right, however there are soo many to choose from. Knowing that nothing from nothing leaves nothing I not only want. but need to choose the best and simplist for a newbie. Thanks, time to get into the action and work whatever the program chosen.

        April 21, 2010 at 10:22 am
  • Clyde Reid

    My biggest problem is getting pulled from one project and never getting back to it. I am finally learning to stay with whatever I am working on until it is finished before starting on anything else. It seems I am a DOS person and not a multi-tasker. I do quite well as long as I am working on one project at a time.

    I just finished a powerpoint 4 hour webinar presentation and hope to have it on GoToWebinar within the next 10 days. Now that I have finished it I am working on another similar webinar porject for our membership site that should be up and running as soon as we get the sales page rewritten and website remodeled. Some time in the next 2 weeks, I hope. Don’t mess with me about membership cube. I am in the middle of webinar crusher and I told you I have to do one at the time.{:-)

    What could I do with the new monitor? I have no idea why I need I need two but I would learn, I am sure. If nothing else it would be a welcome improvement over my 15″ flat screen and my 17″ notebook.

    My top production tip? I guess I have 2. I use a timer for everything I do and that has help more than anything else. The other thing is staying with something until it is finished or at least ready to launch before getting drawn off to something else.

    That’s it. Would like me to give you my shipping address now or later?

    Thanks for all the help I have received from both you and Robert.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:30 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      LOL… I am not going to mess with you.. lol

      So, here is the thing… Robert and I both come from programming backgrounds and let me tell you this..

      Multi-tasking is an illusion.

      Your computers processor sucks at multi-tasking and so do most people.

      People just think computers multi-task because they do tasks so much faster than we do.

      Here is a good test. Open up a WHOLE BUNCH of programs on your computer. What happens?

      The same thing happens to us.

      Press on and let me know how you are progressing.

      April 17, 2010 at 4:57 am
      • Clyde

        Well, at least that makes me fel like I am not alone in this multi-tasking problem. I can tell you this I am getting much more done and getting it done much quicker since I have learned to work on one project at a time and use the timer.

        I will keep you informed and will be notifying when the webinar is ready so perhaps you will be able to attend. It is, after all something I learned to do through Webinar Crusher.

        April 18, 2010 at 11:36 am
        • Lance Tamashiro

          heck ya!

          Make sure you do!

          Webinar Crusher is an awesome product if I do say so myself! 🙂

          Once again, I might be biased.. 🙂

          April 19, 2010 at 3:45 am
          • Clyde

            It doesn’t seem I have received any WC updates in the last few days. I know I have not completed everything. Did I miss something?

            April 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm
          • Lance Tamashiro

            What lesson are you on?

            There is some spacing in some of the lessons.

            April 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm
  • Sally Sanders

    1. Learning the Marketing field and all that goes with it…
    2. will have an ebook ready to mail out to my List
    3. Be able to see more all at once !
    4. “◦What is your top productivity tip?”

    to me, this is TOP priority, as without it, you probably won’t make it:

    Visualize it being so… AND It will be…

    Believe what you want is already happening…
    do not allow negative thoughts in, quickly replace them with a happy/loving thoughts…

    again: each word is a FACT

    Visualize it being so… AND It will be…

    To your success with your Dreams,

    Sally 🙂

    April 16, 2010 at 11:35 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      You don’t have to learn the entire “Marketing Field”

      Just learn one thing… implement and then move on.

      If you try to learn everything… you will never get anywhere.

      I find that getting stuff out there allows me to course correct and know exactly what questions I need answered next and what I need to learn next.

      April 17, 2010 at 5:13 am
  • Dale Anderson

    The biggest obstacle I am facing with my business:
    Staying on task, sometimes I don’t remember what the task was, I attribute this partially to a concussion, partially to getting old and to the fact I never was a real organized person, sort of what I call a fly by the seat of my pants guy.

    By April 30, 2010 I will document all my important tasks, in a membership site in which I will be the only member, at least till I get an assistant and I’ll give access to some categories. I will not only have the tasks documented but add any codes, how to videos, audios or text files.

    This monitor will help me show my documentation and videos on it while I work on the project files on the other monitor, it would also help me produce Camtasia Powerpoint videos easier, that 640×489 resolution really creates a time warp takes me back to 1998 and windows 95.

    My top productivity tip is narrow your focus and work till completion. that way your not trying to keep too many plates spinning. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      The most profitable membership site that I own only has two members..


      Me and Robert Plank. That is it.

      We use this to keep ourselves on task and to keep an eye on each other.

      sounds like something like this would be very beneficial for you.

      April 17, 2010 at 5:15 am
      • Dale Anderson

        You bet that’s what I had in mind, maybe I’ll get a friend to hold my feet to the fire

        April 17, 2010 at 9:03 am
  • Mr. Sixta

    Hello Lance, thanx for your attention and tutorial you give me until today 🙂

    I just can say wow… that monitor is truly awesome.. it’s like a dream monitor for me :p

    Well today i’m not only want to get my dream monitor also i want to share my problem with you with the question you give.

    1. What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    >> Money… Right Now i’m just unemployment guy who trying so hard to get money from internet. I always found a great job and business on the internet but the real problem is.. it need the money to start that business. It’s true many business doesn’t need money but i learn one thing.. more risk more better i get. Do you have any idea for me Mr. Lance..?

    2. What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    >> Well right now, i’m join very simple business it’s called the PTC business for 1 year. And right now i’m waiting for my first payment after i started 1 year ago :). i hope on april 30, 2010 i can get the payment and of course invest that payment on that PTC business to get more much money that i can get. Do you think it’s okay?

    3. How will this monitor help your business?

    >> You say before “Bigger is not Always Better”, yes i do agree with you Mr. Lance, but i’m really lucky because when i’m think something bigger, i’m always feel better and it feel likes something push me hard to get that “something bigger”. it feel like i’m dreaming and i want to get that dream so hard in cluding this awesome monitor.

    You know i heva 16″ monitor and i think it’s not enough for me because it’s small and of course not comfortable for me, i really want to get this monitor, it’s my dreaming monitor :p. It just make me feel better by looking this monitor, and i hope someday i can have this monitor :).

    4. What is your top productivity tip?

    >> Well.. i’m just a simple man and i never get the success before :p. I hope this year will be my awakening success. Well, my tip and my always tip is.. Believe in Yourself and Believe in God. It’s useless if you have a great product, great marketing system even a great money if you never believe in yourself and the most believe in god. I do remember word from someone (maybe it’s from you :p)that always make me feel better and more courage in my self.

    The word is “Do not put all your hope from your customer to buy or to work from you, but put all hope in yourself and the most is the God. Customer can’t help you, but the God always help you including the simplest thing like make your Customer really need you. Believe in Yourself and the Biggest belieeve in God, will make your life much better and easy to get the success”

    Well that’s my opinion, i’m really sorry if my english is really bad..

    Very Thanx for your information Mr. Lance 🙂

    April 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Get away from PTC. Especially if you have been doing it for a year and haven’t been paid out yet.

      That means your hourly rate is???? probably about $0/hour.

      If you need some quick cash, look into doing freelance work at a place like ODesk.

      There are tons of people that are looking to outsource all types of stuff.

      At least you would be making more than you are with PTC.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:46 am
  • Single parent

    🙂 Good point . You are absolutely right.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm
  • Scott

    My biggest problem is the lack of funds to procure enough samples to give to prospects. The sample will sell the business; but, I can afford is my Autoship monthly, and I use the product to aid myself. I cannot afford the extra product. In fact I couldn’t even afford the current project I am currently involved in and including my autoship. A very kind Christian brother is backing me financially at the moment, bless his heart.

    This monitor would actually help me to see better. At the moment I am a candidate for eye surgery to put in new lenses cause I have cataracts. This surgery is being put off for another year because of funds.
    My retirement benefits are all gone, and my wife bless her heart, is trying to find a night time job to go with her day time job; because, I am lifetime mobility impaired and can’t stand for periods of time. We are both in our 60s, and times are hard. God fights for us in our corner.

    As far as productivity goes, I was told by my late Father, that “if you are gonna work for someone” always make ’em a hand. That is true whether you are working for someone else as well as yourself. Put everything into it if one wants to become a success. Success is not handed to you on a platter.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      There are plenty of ways that you can earn enough for your training, hosting, autoresponder, etc…

      The fastest, easiest way is to take on some freelancing jobs at oDesk or a similar site.

      Just make sure that you don’t mistake that kind of work as a business and always have a plan in mind to replace it.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm
      • Scott Bumgarner

        Thanks for the advice. Much as I would love to have the monitor, please give it to a more deserving soul than me.

        Thanks for tip of oDesk which I had never heard of.

        Thank you and In His Grip:

        Scott Bumgarner
        North Texas

        April 18, 2010 at 11:02 am
  • Bob Gaboury

    Q1: What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    A1: My biggest obstacle is ME, I really have a very hard time focusing, I keep a calendar of my planned daily activities, but it is very easy for me to get going on a different tangent. This tends to affect my schedule

    Q2: What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    A2: One thing for sure, is that I paid my taxes on time and I also made ¼ payments, so as to not have a large tax bill at the end of the year. But all kidding aside, I will have built my 55th monetized website using WordPress as my platform. I have been building and monetizing sites for over 10 years, the last 4 years with WordPress have definitely seen an improvement in my income.

    Q3: How will this monitor help your business?

    A3: I am currently working off of a 17” monitor that has dual monitor capabilities, it would be very nice to have an additional monitor to use as a tele-prompter when doing videos etc.

    Q4: What is your top productivity tip?

    A1: Exactly how a person starts the day can usually set the tone for the rest of that day.

    What’s more, no one desires to carry out all your terrible, distressing and usually tiresome work in the mid-day, all of us would like to have some thing to be able to look ahead to!

    Perform that tedious and mind boggling work in the morning hours – just before

    Best Regards,

    Bob G

    April 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      Pick a single project. That will keep you focused.
      Get it “out the door” even if it isn’t perfect before moving on to the next.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm
  • Dale Kydd

    Hi Lance,
    Thank you for all your emails and tips you offer us all.

    Being in my 60’s is a pain as it is hard to change old habbits shuch as doing mail first up then your next item and so on. Overload and lack of funds also get you frustrated, angree and down right mad that you cannot do what you need to do to get ahead; you try another line and again get the same result and so…………repeat.

    By the 30th April I will at last be able to get a business going here in Australia that is for Australians. It is also for the world as energy is needed by all. Self made energy is so simple if you know how and that is what my business is all about; giving those that want to save a fortune on their energy bills the chance to do so for only a couple of Hundred dollers plus purchase of gear to build the system of their choice with plans and info.

    I am trying to do a lot of things by trial and error because my computer is a badly put togeather 96 model that is suposed to be an Acer but the company I purchased it from aparently took out good parts and put in second hand items. My monitor is still going but it is to heavy for me to take any where if it goes bung and although I have reading glasses the print is now that hard to read at times even when I put the largest resolutions up, a bigger screen would help a great deal and being a flat screen would certainly make it a whole lot easier for me to move as being on ones own out in the bush it is very hard to get someone to help when you need it.

    My first priority tip is: do not be afraid to put your name and adress on your web pages. If you do not want your home address on it then get a P. O. Box, it is a small amount to pay out to ensure your credability with your customers. I get over 4.5 hundred emails a day and when I go to an email that looks inviting and I look at the web page they have if their name and adress is not there then I click out.
    Credability is the biggerst thing you can have on the net do this and get your name known and you cannot help get things mooving; do this and follow others good advice and you cannot go wrong.

    Thanks for letting me get on my soap box and good luck to us all.


    April 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      Don’t let your computer setup stop you from being successful.
      Look above here at my friend Dean.

      I was teasing him, but the truth is he has built a $20k/month business on.. well.. to be a nice, a TERRIBLE computer setup.

      But he didn’t let that hold him back and it should not hold you back either.

      I love your tip about putting your name and address on your pages. It baffles me that so many people are afraid to do this.

      You ARE building a legitimate business right?

      You need to let people find you.

      Best wishes!

      April 17, 2010 at 6:40 am
  • Dale Kydd

    Sorry all I forgot to do spell check that is another tip for you to follow religiously.


    April 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm
  • Andreea

    Hi Lance, hey everyone. What a great group! I love reading your posts…

    for me:

    1) What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    I have started a business in the health field as a nutrition and lifestyle coach and my biggest obstacle is finding that specific niche so every step to build my business will be more focused. I have a feeling that once I know that, everything relating to my business will become more easy, efficient and move a little faster.

    2)What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I will put on paper the content flow of the one-time membership site I am working on.

    3)How will this monitor help your business?
    I am working on a 12 inch laptop and as my business is growing, writing and reading takes a lot of scrolling. Mind mapping is getting harder to do in small print. I know that a larger monitor will ease the frustration and bring me more joy in getting things done faster.

    4)What is your top productivity tip?
    I work on a linux platform and I found that working on different workspaces each having only one project opened keeps me from getting sidetracked as I would having multiple tabs opened on the same workspace.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What part of health and nutrition are YOU most passionate about?

      Find that out and focus there. 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 6:21 am
  • Adam Porter

    1. Procrastination is easily the biggest. My perfectionism tells me to ‘wait until an idea is fully developed’ before I begin to implement, market, or sell it.

    2. I will have developed one of the product ideas that have been percolating in my mind, for quite some time.

    3. I’m still viewing the web world on my trusty 17″ monitor. This 24″ beauty will help me view more web at a time, see a more complete site layout (when designing), and more paragraphs of articles (when I’m driving traffic).

    4. My best productivity tip is one I’ve not been able to fully implement, primarily due to my answer for #1. “Don’t get it perfect, just get it going!” Things move along SO much more quickly when you can create and distribute. Taking too long to make decisions or revising sucks the life out of your progress.

    Thank you for this fun exercise, Lance!


    April 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      How many products or services have you “put out there” that have gotten to the “perfect state”?

      I personally have 0..

      Put it out there and then adjust.
      Even Apple does this.

      They did this with the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.

      They put out the non-perfect version.. see what the problems are and then release the next version with those fixes right away.

      You will never move your business forward as long as it is in your mind. 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 6:20 am
  • Mark

    My biggest obstacle right now is fear. Fear of supporting my family with income from my internet business. The fear is keeping me tied to a 9 to 5, which creates the second obstacle, which is time.

    I am going to launch a new membership site to my list (Thanks!) I am committed to cleaning up the sales letter, getting my auto responder followups created and the second month ready to go (already have the first month’s content loaded up!)

    A 24 inch monitor would be awesome when working on websites since I like to use the split screen in Dreamweaver!

    My top productivity tip is to make a list. Prioritize it and cross off each item as it is finished. I find this motivating because you can feel good about actually finishing something!

    Keep up the good work Lance!


    April 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Fear is a big one.

      The hardest thing I had to do was know when to “jump in”…

      I support a family as well.. The best tip I can give you is to become a master at time management.

      Robert and I have several courses that talk about real world time management techniques that we implemented while we were juggling life, family, day jobs and building our businesses.

      The key is to systematize EVERYTHING.

      Check out

      Best Wishes!

      April 17, 2010 at 6:17 am
  • Sharyn

    24″ ????? very bad for the environment.
    15 1/4″ is ample big enough.
    I am am solar power, so thanks anyway, its about time we started to
    say NO to big power consumption products.
    Thanks Anyway

    April 17, 2010 at 4:26 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      You do realize that just by being on the internet you are accessing Mega servers that use much more power than even your 15 inch monitor, right?

      You also realize that newer monitors and computers are MUCH more power efficient than predecessors, right?

      You might actually be using more power just by being on the internet and using older equipment than those of us who have newer equipment.

      I might have to seriously consider you as the winner, just so we can decrease some power consumption. 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 5:08 am
  • HAL

    Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at 8:31pm Yokohama, Japan

    Good Evening Tamashiro-san:

    My biggest problem is WordPress navigation & posting to propagate unique, engaging & compelling content.

    To be frank, I am more interested in your proven techniques and ideas then a new monitor, as attractive as it looks.

    From my vantage point, it looks like you have successfully carved out a niche in the WordPress membership im arena.

    While I value your free reads I don’t think I could be persuaded to pay the monthly rates of your current offerings but I will check in with you from time to time as are offering good value on the free line.

    Best wishes and keep up your positive IM Karma in 2010!

    April 17, 2010 at 4:41 am
  • Keries

    G’day Lance

    Obstacle number 1 has to be my family who think what I do in my business is not as important as their jobs and that my real job is to help them etc which doesn’t allow me to plan enough time for my business.

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business. I would like to make enough money so that my family takes my business seriously so that they become less dependent on me leaving me more time to devote to my business.

    How will this monitor help your business?
    Stop my teenage son nagging me about him having to use my old monitor as his monitor no longer works. I could swap him monitors and watch his reaction when I install the 24 in wide screen one on my computer.

    What is your top productivity tip?
    Set aside half an hour a day to download emails, check through them and if required answer them. Turn off the auto email download so that I don’t get distracted by emails downloading all day.

    Good luck everyone.


    April 17, 2010 at 4:52 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Lol… you might be on to something there.
      I would love to see his face too!

      With regards to your family.

      As I mentioned in another response above (you might want to see if you can find it). I had the same problem.

      Most people don’t understand that you can actually build a business online. They are conditioned to think that there “REAL jobs” are more valuable or worthy.

      This is a bunch of BS. When I first started I hid what I was doing from my friends. My parents couldn’t understand what in the heck I was doing.

      So I sat my family down and explained to them that I didn’t need negativity. I knew what I was doing.

      Funny thing…

      Fast forward 2 years and EVERYONE wants to know how they can do what I am doing…

      Strange right?

      Keep pushing forward, explain to your family that you need their support.

      You can do it!
      I believe in you.

      April 19, 2010 at 3:51 am
  • Denise K Zimmerman

    Hello Lance,
    My biggest problem is like anyone else is funds to keep me a float. With all the advice and products out their I get information overload. This is not fun. I was told recently that my poetry can be my product, which means I still to come up with a way to set up an e-book instead of publishing it through a hard copy. I have been trying to keep from Procrastinating, if you know what I am saying. I would like to do thing the right way. I want so much go to training boot camp, where it would help me in the long run. That way I can help others in there adventure in the world of marketing. I have so many great ideas, but don’t know how to express them, or share them. Like everyone else in the marketing and advertising business I learn through trail and error, lately it has been more error the anything else.
    I could use the wide screen monitor.

    April 17, 2010 at 4:54 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Your poetry CAN be a product, no doubt about it.

      The real problem that I see you having is that it appears you are taking advice from too many people.

      Why not just find one person or system that you like (due diligence here goes without saying) and follow that?

      You can still keep your pulse on the market place, but really focus on a single system.

      That is what I do. I have my mentor and listen to him ‘blindly’.

      If he says jump 3 feet. I jump 6.

      Everyone else is just noise.

      Why do I listen to him? Because he gets results… period.

      Bootcamp training is available in a variety of formats, but it does cost money.

      Bottom line for you. Pick the right system for you and quit spending money on anything that doesn’t fall into that particular system.

      April 17, 2010 at 5:05 am
  • John

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    – Finding low cost reliable freelancers to outsource small projects to. They either mess things up, or the ones that do a good job seem to be too busy to take on more projects.

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    – I will have completed one months content for a new membership site

    How will this monitor help your business?

    – Im trying to think and I already have a monitor and a laptop so I don’t see how it would improve my business. I like to work with one monitor. (being honest)

    What is your top productivity tip?

    – Outsource customer service and email answering to a virtual assistant

    April 17, 2010 at 4:56 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Heck yah John…

      Love that you are more productive on ONE monitor!
      THAT is perhaps the best answer. As I mentioned in the post, I hesitate to even give this away because I KNOW it can be a nightmare if you don’t have the right productivity mind set. (but I have it, so what am I to do 🙂 )

      About freelancing. I have personally had amazing results with ODesk. You should check it out.

      April 17, 2010 at 5:01 am
      • John


        I want to thank you and here’s why..

        Since I posted at your blog and stated that I will have completed one months membership content, It’s been at the forefront of my mind and I’m kicking out content! So I think that accountability is a big thing and it helps a lot to tell someone what you are going to do – It makes you accountable to do what you say you are going to do and can help with productivity issues and procrastination.

        Secondly, I now have an odesk account and a new team member working for me so thanks for that tip – That is worth way more than a free monitor!



        April 20, 2010 at 3:57 am
        • Lance Tamashiro

          That’s what I like to hear John!

          Funny how the accountability thing works. 😉

          Like I said early… The most profitable membership site I own only has 2 members.

          April 20, 2010 at 6:25 am
  • Curtis

    Hey Lance,

    Wicked contest 🙂 Anyhoo…

    1) My biggest obstacle is laziness. I get a lot of stuff done when I do work, but that’s not enough motivation for me not to squeeze in some down time…haha.

    2) Within the past few days, I’ve registered over 20 domain names in…the health and fitness niche (sorry, can’t be more specific). Within the next couple weeks, I aim to populate all of them. All of them are exact keyword domains, so I don’t intend on doing much SEO. I have zero experience in this niche, but my long term plan is to build a list exclusively through free traffic.
    Inside the IM space, I will have completed at least one ebook which I’ll use for list building. My main business model is product launch management, so list building isn’t as important for me. By April 30th, I will have completed a project for a PLM client (can’t really be more specific). I hope to close a couple PLM deals by then, as well.

    3) A new monitor probably won’t help my business. I wouldn’t know what to do with it LOL. I don’t do anything to do with video and I don’t trade forex. I’m not even a PC gamer. But hey, would love to have it 🙂

    4) I don’t know too many people who do this, but my email inbox is always open. You might think that’s a waste of time, but I don’t. As soon as I get an email, I read/dump it, and instantly get back to what I was doing. I don’t read spam obviously..that gets dumped instantly. This means that my inbox is always clean and I never get faced with 100s or 1000s of emails. I don’t need to spend days on end just answering emails. So the tip is: keep a clean inbox.


    April 17, 2010 at 5:59 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Dude, you are going to make my head explode!

      YES, you should keep your inbox clean..

      but close that email down!

      It takes most people longer to switch gears than it is worth.

      ARRRGHHHHH!!! 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 6:14 am
  • Ron Barrett


    Great post!

    I love your reply to Clyde about the multi-tasking. I have never heard it put that way and I have an IT background working in IT support for the past 12 years!

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Procrastination. I am not sure but for some reason I have the mindset that I can get everything done at the last minute. For example, I am doing a webinar on Monday to launch my latest project. It’s going to be a one payment membership site (thanks to you and Super Robert’s ideas from PLRCopywriting and MembershipCube, etc) and I have to work on finishing the sales page this weekend, finishing up the ebook and getting at least one video done. Will it happen? Yes, but it’s going to cut into time that I could be spending doing stuff outside. Why do I wait til the last minute? Dunno…

    I should probably have someone in M3 test it for me too, ya think?

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I’m cheating on this a bit, as I mentioned, I am launching a product on Monday with a webinar, so I am counting this as my concrete action, but I also have another project that I will get finished and launched by the end of the month.

    How will this monitor help your business?

    Right now I am working off of a laptop and a 19″ monitor. My goal is to purchase a desktop computer to do everything on (including webinars) and this monitor will fit it extremely well with that setup.

    What is your top productivity tip?

    Stay away from skype when you are working on a project. I typically have it on and get distracted very easily by the conversations going on in a few of the groups I am a part of, so when I need heads down time, like this weekend, it’s going to be off.

    Keep up the great work Lance and thank you so much for being easily accessible when I have had questions about things.

    Have a great weekend!

    April 17, 2010 at 6:35 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      A good way to overcome procrastination is to punish/reward yourself in order to start getting things done. This will not only make you feel good about your progress, it will give you something to look forward to and also condition you to “keep moving”

      For example. If you love watching the Red Sox play. DO NOT let yourself watch until you complete your tasks for the day.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm
  • Roger (Million Dollar Reviews)

    Hi Lance,
    Thanks for this call to action challenge.

    1) My Biggest Obstacle

    I believe that the biggest obstacle to my business is getting SOMETHING done every day. (Keep it shippable!)
    It’s not exactly procrastination. I work hard every day and SPEND SOME TIME almost every day, but the thing is that until recently I haven’t been able to produce something COMPLETE each time I spend time.

    In the last week I’ve produced two YouTube videos for a site channel called Power English Plus. Two days ago I created a video for another language product and yesterday I made an audio only recording. (Ok, 3 weeks ago I published my first YouTube video ever. It was a goofy video for Million Dollar Reviews.)

    So the biggest problem I’ve faced it working hard and spending time without having something SHIPPABLE every time. Now my goal is to do just that – even if it is a short email to one of my lists, or a 2 minute video.
    I’m convinced that your success has been in large part because you and Robert “keep things shippable” and put a buy button on the results of your efforts EACH TIME instead of setting it aside for review later.

    2) Concrete Actions I will take by 4/30/10

    First, I will turn my Lightning Languages site into a one-time membership site (Membershipcube – great course). I’ll add a bonus video and an audio version of the material in the ebook and RAISE MY PRICE.
    I will create a MINIMUM of 5 additional videos for YouTube.
    I will give one Webinar (at least 45 min) (WebinarCrusher – another great course)

    3) How will a 24 inch monitor help my business?

    Since I’m getting into videos in a big way, a 24 inch monitor will allow me to have notes open on one screen, while producing the video on a second screen.

    4) My biggest productivity tip

    Do something every day and KEEP IT SHIPPABLE. Make sure you that when you get up from a brainstorming session, you have something (video, audio recording, email, article, etc) that is READY-TO-GO. If it’s intended for publication (e.g., YouTube) publish it before you walk away. If it’s an addition to a product, make the necessary changes BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE.

    I know you and Robert are the masters of this already. You serve as a constant reminder of what good things can come if you do something every day and keep it shippable.

    April 17, 2010 at 6:52 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Stop thinking so big and just give yourself daily tasks that you can actually complete!

      Robert and I talk about this extensively in IM Productivity Secrets.

      Believe it or not we only require each of us to accomplish 4 small tasks each day.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm
  • michael pierce

    I have more than one serious problem,but the two worst ones are:1. I have such as small cash flow that most people would call it invisible. I make so little from my JOB that I have almost nothing to spare! 2. I have tried several approaches to advertising my affiliate sites with no success. I really have no Idea what I am or am not doing right or wrong.I have been going at this for over a year now and still haven’t figured it out yet! I personally think that more than one monitor is too distracting and would be detrimental to be able to finish what you start in a timely manor. I personally suggest using only one monitor,especially if your new to this. My tips on making it on the net is to a take it slowly and one step at a time. The last thing you want is information OVERLOAD. I have personally run into this problem several times this last year and it is hard to recover from. It will eat up a lot of your time and money>

    April 17, 2010 at 7:06 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      If cash flow is your problem then you should be super motivated to succeed.

      First make quick money to support your online business by freelancing. It is basically what you are doing now. You might even find that you can earn more doing that then what your current job is.

      Take that money and invest it in the basics for your business..

      I would really recommend that you create your own product.

      The affiliate game is a tough one to crack when you are getting started.

      Besides, if you make a sale wouldn’t you rather get %100 of the money instead of 50%?

      April 19, 2010 at 3:54 am
  • Theresa Wagar

    Great idea, Lance! Thank for the help to get me moving! My biggest obstacle in growing my internet marketing business is busyness. I’m busy homeschooling my kids, busy with client orders and updates for my website design busines, busy driving to baseball games, busy checking email from clients for challenge or today’s next need, reading / watching the latest IM guru info. Did I mention I have a husband? Phew! But none of this is busyness to build my IM business.

    My concrete action is to finish up the PLR product I’m working on and have it ready for list building by April 30th. To do this, I’m setting aside 2 hours / day ON MY CALENDAR to work on it. It’s a bit ambitious with PPTs and Videos. I want to give as much as I can to make it a great deal for folks as well as helpful.

    The 2nd monitor would be a HUGE help with webinars. I’m already training my current website / WordPress clients using webinars. It would be so much cleaner to have two screens so they couldn’t see all the extra things I need to do. It would also help to have the Camptasia recorder off screen. The 2nd monitor would also help with development since I could have two programs running NEXT to each other instead of stacked. I could just SLIDE text and images from one place to another instead of cutting and pasting. Plus it would help with directions for doing something new. I could have the directions open and be able to work on the project without having to switch screens. This is getting sweeter and sweeter the more I write about it . . .LOL.

    My top productivity tip is to SCHEDULE time. Put the time to get the project done into your calendar just like a meeting with a client or a dentist appointment. Let your family and biz associates know this is your time to work. Turn off the phone and turn off the Email/IM. Eliminate distractions and go, go go . . .

    Thanks for helping me put this done on paper (okay on the screen). It really helps to WRITE out what I’m going to do. You’ve made me realize how much I really need that 2nd monitor . . .

    Have a super day!

    Theresa 😎

    April 17, 2010 at 7:30 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Theresa, if you weren’t busy, what would you do with your time?

      Maybe it is time you start building an online business that is more hands off?

      Whenever Robert and I do webinars, we always size our screen down to the lowest possible resolution.

      The great thing about dual monitors for webinars is that you can use the presenter mode in powerpoint.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm
      • Theresa Wagar

        Yep, that is the goal. Building a IM business that is a bit more hands off. I have enjoyed designing and building websites for almost 13 years . . now it’s time to work smarter. I’ll try bring my resolution down on the next webinar and see how that works 🙂 Thanks so much for your reply.

        Theresa 😎

        April 18, 2010 at 10:36 am
  • Rob E

    Hi Lance,

    My biggest element that holds me from moving forward is the need to learn. Can you believe it? I keep thinking that the answer will be in the next course that I take. I spend hours and hours week after week, studying.

    This is a two part question, because the next conflict that I have is actual product. You can sell an affiliate product and I have no problem doing this, but finding that right niche where there is the traffic, and there is a demand and the competition is not to crazy. I have a great amount of difficulty in finding this market.

    I WILL by April 30th, devote myself to the aspect of making money rather than studying what I should be doing to make money. In other words, I have to stop chasing the new bright shiny object and focus on actually marketing. I believe so many people have that same problem that I have. They just feel like they don’t have the answer to actually make a profitable business.

    This monitor will help me by inspiring to work. Winning something would be that pat on the back. That little reward that makes one feel worthy. Felling worthy makes you feel that you can do this and that you will do this. So winning the monitor would be just the medicine that the doctor ordered. It would inspire me enough to drive myself for success. I believe everyone needs a reward or pat on the back at times. Just this little event of winning a monitor would be that HUGE pat on the back.

    One of my best productive tips would be: find a mentor, someone that you like what they teach and the process that they use. Stick with this one mentor and forget about all the other gurus out there. Do this for a period of time and you will learn how to make something successful. If you try to follow too many people, it will become a world of too much information and you will be confused and not know where to turn.

    So find one educator that you really like and follow this person, take their teachings and apply it to your business. Get something up and running. Once you have accomplished this, you can then follow other teachings if you so desire. But focus on making money for know.

    Thanks Lance


    April 17, 2010 at 9:23 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      stop being a perpetual student. TAKE ACTION!

      The problem most people have when they start taking this class and that class is that they end implementing THEIR OWN system and NOT a proven system.

      I find it much easier to just do what works…
      and then do it again…
      and then do it again…

      Success and seeing results really helps with the “shiny object” syndrome.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm
  • Mike Broadwell

    What holds me back most is fear/lack of confidence. It is the underlying thing that is at the heart of procrastination, or trying too many things, or whatever the surface issues seem to be that keep me from getting things done.

    And that fear is relative. My current project is the second in a series of teleseminars that has grown by a factor of 10 or better in sales from the first one to this one. It’s all about stepping out and thinking bigger, and overcoming that internal barrier at every level.

    My goal by April 30th is to have the next series I’ve had in the works nailed down. It has tremendous potential, and I’ll be able to use what I’ve learned putting the original one together to really step up to another level.

    The monitor will allow me to complete the video production computer I’ll be adding to increase my capacity for making videos to enhance my JV mailings and product creation.

    My top productivity tip(s). I’m giving an extra bonus!

    1. Develop a product around an area that you need to address that is holding you back. You don’t have to be an expert to interview experts and immerse yourself in solutions and ways of addressing what is holding you back. For me, working with a series on energy psychology has helped make me much more conscious of my own blocks and self-limitations. If I get frustrated or angry or down on myself, it is hard to stay in that mindset while working with material that forces me to look at my reactions and emotions constantly. Mindset is everything in marketing, and in most things in life!

    2. Get out and network and meet people face to face. Just chatting with people in a registration line at an IM event led me to a JV partnership that led to a couple of tweaks in my process that has led to stepping up into 6 figure sales. That type of leverage is a way to increase productivity exponentially.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:44 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Way to go Mike!

      That is how it works. You do something once. Get a little success… repeat fixing your mistakes.

      That story alone should be enough proof that your lack of confidence is baseless!

      Keep producing. Keep getting stuff out there!
      You will learn and adjust from your mistakes as well as your successes!

      April 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm
  • Sue

    I just received the message that the comment area is again working. Thanks for that.

    My biggest obstacle is myself. I need to stop reading every thing that fascinates me (and takes me on tangents) and I need to use my time more productively. I also keep thinking I don’t have the money to get started (“takes money to make money” syndrome). Taking the first “big” step has been my goal for too long. I keep acquiring the things I need rather than simply jumping in and taking off.

    Thanks to this challenge, I will be making my first jump by getting my blog sent up and begin to drive traffic to it. Since money is an issue (live on disability), I will begin by building links and offering a free product in exchange for addresses.

    I think the additional monitor will help me stay productive. I have always had the ability to multi-task and a second monitor would help me do that. I am in the process of writing my first eBook. Having research on one monitor as I write the eBook using the other monitor would be a really big time saver. It would also help keep me off tangents. I could also easily compare research sites side-by-side, cutting down on the time wasted looking at duplicate information. I would save money (and trees), from the paper saved not having to write notes from each place I research. The possibilities are endless.

    My best productivity tip is two fold. The use of a task timer, such as Cool Timer or simply the kitchen egg timer. Taking breaks every two hours to keep my mind fresh. The second part is devising a time budget and sticking to it. The timer can be set for the time allowed for the current task. When it goes off, take a break and start on the next task, period. It worked in school, and in sports, I think it will work in business too.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:53 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Acquiring 14 useless products at $7 each or one awesome product at $97?

      I would take $97 every time.

      It is amazing when I talk to students who tell me they can’t afford good training and then I see what they spend their money on..

      It is baffling.

      Something about that low priced stuff that makes people lose track of what they have spent.

      Yet, you put a $97, $300, $500, $2000 product in front of them and the immediately balk.

      Truth is, look at the amount you have spending getting no where with product of little to no value… bet it probably comes close.. 😉

      April 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm
      • Sue


        With all due respect, and I do respect you, what are you talking about as it concerns my comment? I don’t buy $7 products or $5 products or any product for that matter. I took the FREE 30 day challenge with the IM University and now am taking a FREE course on SEO with

        By “acquiring” I mean, for me, all the places I can pick up knowledge. Never said I was buying cheap products. My opinion is this. If it is only worth $7 to the seller, the information will not be that good or is too old, or the writer (seller), doesn’t feel it has much value (else they’d charge what it is really worth.

        I don’t have the money to waste on such things at the moment. I don’t even pick up many of the free eBooks out there anymore. I did for about 6 months but found myself getting information overloaded with nothing to show for it. Most are rehashed eBooks of the eBooks I’d gotten somewhere else.

        My tangents come all on the internet. Seeing something of interest on one site and linking to it – not buying it. I understand that all these cheap little $7 books, especially when the good and thus higher priced things are rejected annoys the legit, upfront marketers like yourself. Just please aim it where appropriate – which is not me, OK?

        I hope you read the entire comment. Especially how and what I would use the second monitor. Please take the time to read the entire post, please. I put some thought into it and was trying to be honest – not make you think of a pet peeve. I hope you haven’t simply discounted me because to that. I’ve honestly never bought a $7 book and if I could afford it, there are at least two high priced items I would have boughten if I’d had the dough.

        I still at the making ends meet every month is difficult stage. I want to get way, way past this yet I don’t want to lose how that felt and how hungry it makes me.

        I’m truly sorry my comment it a bad spot for you. That is not what I intended to convey and it is certainly no way to win a monitor. 🙂


        April 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm
        • Lance Tamashiro

          Hi Sue,

          I did not mean you personally.

          I was just trying to make a point about what happens to most people that makes them lose focus. 😉

          My point is that when you simply acquire things that are not a cohesive system, you can get a lot of book smarts, but they usually do not glue together to make a system that works.

          Best wishes as always,

          April 19, 2010 at 3:34 am
          • Sue

            Thanks. I appreciate you explaining.

            Any thoughts about where I am at the moment or my plans? I’d greatly like your opinions and ideas.


            April 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm
          • Lance Tamashiro


            I would not use a blog as the primary source of your income.

            A blog should be used as an “Authority/Relationship” builder/tool.

            This is what you use to allow people to get to know you etc.

            I recommend that you add some plugins like Robert Planks action opt-in and Action Comments

            You need to be building a list…

            April 20, 2010 at 6:28 am
  • Kevin Tuer

    1)The biggest obsticle I have faced is a lack of understanding. Especially with regard to how to “put it all together” as they say. I have no problem with writing but I have disconnect somewhere between posting articles and driving the traffic to my lead captuire pages. I’m not sure I am linking all the components of the process in the correct order.

    2)I will get it straightened out by working with my web hoster and my mentor. I have sent the site to my mentor and he has used Jing to give me some direction. I must get this wrinkle ironed out so that I can spend the majority of my time with marketing efforts.

    3)A larger monitor would be very helpful as I am currently working on a laptop. That requires extended periods of bad posture. I have recently purchased a wireless remote keyboard and mouse so that I can sit more comfortably but the screen on my Dell Vostro is small and that makes it difficult to focus on the text. A larger monitor would solve that issue and give me more versatility in use of screenspace which would likely result in less scrolling and clicking back and forth. I have thought about a larger monitor but I am trying to keep costs down until I have a strong cash flow.

    4)Here’s a tip – be habitual, even religious about the time you devote to the building of your business. I work in the same space at approximately the same time everyday and when I am working I AM WORKING. I block out distractions and generally make myself unavailable for interruptions. Also very important is to have a mentor who gives a wit about your success.

    Thanks for this opportunity Lance.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:26 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi Kevin,

      My advice to you is to stop worrying about traffic until you get your squeeze page integrated with you autoresponder.

      You mentioned that you have a mentor.

      He or she should be able to have your squeeze page, autoresponder, download page set up in less than 30 minutes.

      Once you have that in place and working..

      THEN start thinking about traffic.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm
  • Mike Cannon

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    The biggest obstacle I face is focus. I have several projects that look promising to me and I have had a hard time narrowing them down.

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I am running a survey of my clients and twitter followers to determine their interest and which of these programs would assist them the most.

    How will this monitor help your business?

    It can help by me by offering me the ability to design and check my web designs faster, follow processes in one window while continuing work in a second.

    What is your top productivity tip?

    Establish a set amount of time to work on an action during the day so it does not consume you.

    April 17, 2010 at 11:06 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Pick ONE, ONE, ONE project at a time..

      PLEASE everyone… ONE project at a time.
      Then break that project into tasks.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm
  • Scott Wissler

    Hi Lance,

    1. My biggest obstacle is finding marketing training geared towards technical people. Computers and technology are my life. It seems most Internet Marketers do not have a technical background. I find myself giving up on a program no matter how good if I have to read how to use FTP one more time.

    2. I am building a generic website / blog to be used to apply to multiple CPA Networks.

    3. Although I have a LCD Monitor at work I am still using a rather old CRT at Home. Since Video is such a big part of Business these days, this monitor would allow me a much better video viewing experience at home.

    4. My top productivity tip is to always carry an old fashion spiral Notebook / Journal to help deal with information overload. Have a new idea write it down. Work on a project write it down. At the end of each week review your journal.

    April 17, 2010 at 11:42 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      The thing about internet marketing is that it is marketing..

      However, most “beginner” type courses need to start with the basics to make sure everyone is at a relative starting point.

      This usually leads to frustration by the more technical students.

      My advice to find some more advanced type training in the areas you feel you need.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm
  • Erik Heyl

    I’d say my biggest obstacle comes in the form of building a RESPONSIVE list. Not a big one, but a responsive one.

    By April 30th I will have integrated a survey option and web form into my website. The technical stuff isn’t really the issue: it is coming up with valuable information and delivering it in such a way that people want to click for more information. I’ve been thinking to do short videos instead of the long text emails that most do, and this monitor will help me with that because I’ll have the screen real estate to do things properly and with the higher refresh and resolution rate will be able to do it without having to take breaks so my eyes don’t bleed.

    My top tip in this case is actually two fold:

    1. You know more than you think, so get to it!
    2. The best way to finish a task is to lock the door, unplug the phone and do it until it is done. Of course you could put the following sign on your office door:

    “To family: The person you see when you open this door is not really me, but a super-advanced hologram, active from 9-5pm. It is not programmed to respond to attempts to converse, bug, annoy, and will not take you out for coffee. It is simply a hologram. The real me will be back after 5pm. Thank you for your co-operation!”

    April 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What are you doing in order to build a responsive list?
      What are you giving them that they can’t get anywhere else?

      The key is not fall into the trap of promoting every big launch or “what everyone else” is promoting.

      If that is what you are doing, then why should the care about you?

      Are you doing anything to connect with your readers?

      I have all sorts of little techniques that I use THAT I know no one else does… Well I haven’t seen anyone else.

      Be you, be unique and give them a REASON to be responsive.

      April 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm
  • Rajendra Kumar Soni

    Great offer my man, hopefully I can get a chance to win.
    I think the biggest obstacle for me right now with my business is simply time, I remember a while back there used to be planty of time in the days…
    The monitor would be a great help to me, absolutely
    I have just one monitor right now, in fact up until a few weeks ago my monitor was less than 17 inches! ( Go on then laugh small )
    It’s clear to me the benefits of having more than one monitor and it’s something that would definately improve my position, productivity in a positive way.
    I think for me the biggest advantage. I’m always cautious about the view being good for the attendees , if I had another monitor I could have their view in one, that would be great help especially as I’m looking to do more of these in future.
    I believe so you would be the best to tell me if that’s a good thing to be able to do and the value in that?
    I would have to say switch off all distractions and cut back on the tasks or things you do that produce little or no results.
    There is so much that wastes time – reading emails too often, playing around too much on social media sites, checking stats too often etc…
    All these things are great fun to do, and I for one had to cut back on these things myself!
    Just assess what time you have to commit to growing your online business, plan that time well with the tasks you know need completing.
    Then work through your plan to get it all done, then you can do the other ‘non-essesntial’ things.
    This should help anyone become more productive and achieve bigger and better results!
    My biggest obstacle on my business is time management. I have lots of ideas but the problem is I am very poor with time management. I always spent more time with forums, facebook etc & left all my works undone. I must improve on this before last of 2010.
    Since most of my internet income comes from website flipping, the major project I am doing right now is developing a website to group all website flippers and share our knowledge. It will be based on a new forum that I am developing right now. And, the website will also sell 4 or more type of website that you can flip. e.g start up website, Adsense site, Clickbank ready product, membership site etc. Each type will be packed in a eBook & will be sell separately. Hope the website I am developing right now will be a great platform for all website flippers.
    The 24 inch monitor will definitely help me a lot in the business that I currently involve on. I am a website flipper, I done a lot of website designing & redesign every single day, dealing with css code & html code, this monitor surely will help me to have more view on my design & less moving up & down to check on my html code. And, I can do lot more stuffs in one time with this huge monitor since what I am using right now is a 13 inch monitor. -_-
    4.My biggest productivity tip is to hire extra man to help me doing stuffs. It is like hiring a virtual assistant doing some stuffs e.g. reply & manage emails, send order download link, reply on any simple questions, managing order & Q&A on every out source I do and lots more. Virtual assistant will manage all the small stuffs while I will be doing more heavy stuffs which is my plan & ideas to generate more money.
    Many many thanks Lance!

    April 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      You need to get a timer.

      Set it for 20 minutes..
      Do your forum “surfing” and then back to work.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:36 am
  • A. Octa Ekky Priyo Putro

    Hi Lance,
    I want to share experiences with you.

    1. What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    I have a big responsibility on my family, because my first son. I must always be ready to help if any member of my family who needed me. Especially in our culture, kinship is an important obligation. Sometimes, in the heart, I am furious because I was not focused on my business. I always make a plan every day for my business. However, there is almost always unexpected things that make my focus dispersed. But I was always confident my business will succeed. Because I have big dreams in the business. For myself, my family, my environment and my country.

    2. What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I’m developing website to get income. But the conditions in my family was not supportive. My family income is not fluent and my little brothers and sisters need a fairly large school fees. Especially for my sister who will enter high school this summer, the costs involved is not small. I think I must have received money in a faster time than with developing a website. Now I’m selling digital products via the internet and have a lot to promote them. I am sure in the end of this month I will get paid even though not much. I am not a marketing graduate, it is a tough challenge for me. The result of such payment will I give to my family, especially for the cost of my sisters school.

    3. How will this monitor help your business?
    Wow.. I’ve never used 24-inch monitor.. I think it’s very exciting to use a monitor with great size. I am sure the monitor is going to help me in running my business. I can work more comfortably and be able to monitor the development of my business better. So far I run a business using a laptop with a screen size of 14 inches, very small. I have to do a lot of navigation with my mouse and the text size on the screen size is very small.

    4. What is your top productivity tip?
    “As long as you can dream, you can realize your dreams.”
    In my country, the people working for companies. They are too scared to become an entrepreneur, especially in the internet. They are too comfortable with the job and salaries which for me is too small with the money spent for schools. I want to become an entrepreneur. I want to have a lot of time with my family and I can do my job anytime. Now I am 23 years old. I convinced myself at the age of 30 years I can establish my business, clothing business.
    I see my friends, same age as me, they spend too much time to have fun. They have not thought how to finance their own lives without depending on their parents. I think that age is the most productive age for work, not to have fun. Sometimes they mocked me that I was too much dreaming. But I’ll prove it to them, at the age of 30 years I’ve owned company. Not working for the company.

    Thank you for reading my experiences. Please enlightenment.
    Always successful.


    April 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      First of all, remember that your family is the MOST important thing. You even mention that you would like to succeed so that you can help them out.

      If your family “distractions” weren’t there do really not believe that something else would come up?

      What you need to learn is how to get the most out of the time that you have to work on your business and set realistic expectations for what you can achieve.

      Owning and running a business is not something that is just easy. There are always distractions and always something unexpected that will come up.

      What is important is that you learn to adjust, prioritize and make the best, most efficient use of the time that you have.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:39 am
      • A. Octa Ekky Priyo Putro

        Very good advice, Lance.

        Yes, for my family really is everything. They always supported me. Well, sometimes I feel there is little interference. But that’s what makes me be able to understand that time is very important and will be very useful if it can be used for positive things.
        So I really use my time on this productive age to work, achieve my dream. And when I have a new family, I can always stands beside them. I can do anything with my family without thinking about work.

        Yes, in fact always a lot of challenges in developing the business. I have many friends and will continue to make friends with anybody. Because it is an asset to the business that I developed. Also, I have become more know the various characters on each of my friends to ease of doing business negotiations.

        Thank you because you have given lots of advice for me in developing my personality and way of thinking for the better.


        April 19, 2010 at 7:09 am
  • Bob Molton

    Hey Lance,

    1.) What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Developing a Killer Affiliate Program for my high converting membership Guitar Training Course.

    2.) What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    A Killer Affiliate Program! This will also provide more value to my clients as a way of them earning re-curing commissions.

    3.) How will this monitor help your business?

    This is EXACTLY what I need for my PowerPoint Webinar presentations. I learned from you and Robert how 2 monitors can help me in providing better and more efficient webinar presentations. Again, providing more value to my clients.

    4.) What is your top productivity tip?

    Self Discipline and Mental focus… Without these you’re likely to fail… With proper Self Discipline and Mental Focus I can get done in two hours what used to take me all day. Just do the things that directly affect your business and bottom line first, then you can catch up on emails and other less important tasks later in the day etc… Get yourself into this routine and watch your business grow quickly!

    Thank You Lance.

    Bob Molton – (Rock n Roll)

    April 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Mr. Rock-n-Roll…

      Your product kicks a…

      You are right, you do need an affiliate program.
      With your retention rates and your product, I would hesitate giving away 100% commissions (in your case).

      Get your product on Clickbank.

      Also get some banners made and some emails pre-written. Anything that you can just give to your affiliates will help you attract more.

      I use 20DollarBanners for my images and have had a lot of luck with them.

      Best Wishes… ROCK -n ROLL!

      April 18, 2010 at 8:41 am
  • Jim Fridenmaker

    Hi Lance. 🙂

    1. What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Tiny email list so I’m relying on Facebook and Twitter to get traffic. (Ineffective.) I do have some interested co-workers at my “day job” which is actually much more effective in getting webinar attendees.

    2. What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    Tomorrow night (Monday, April 19, 2010 from 7:30 pm – 9 pm eastern time) a free webinar on the basics of getting your first website online and being setup to get paid online.

    3. How will this monitor help your business?

    My desktop computer only has one video output. My laptop can use a 2nd monitor. I used to unplug my desktop monitor and attach it to my laptop during webinars. Now I just use my desktop computer to present the webinar with my laptop beside me so I can seamlessly monitor questions that come in during the webinar.

    If I had a 2nd monitor I’d use it to monitor the gotowebinar control panel and also presenter view on Powerpoint.

    4. What is your top productivity tip?

    Stop planning and just “take action” and keep it “ready to launch”. Pick one thing to improve “next time”.

    Have a great day everyone!

    Jim Fridenmaker
    Portsmouth, Ohio
    I help beginners be successful online.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:21 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What are you doing to GROW your list?
      I know that you have been taught several techniques.

      Do something every day that actually increases your list.

      1 new signup/day = 365 new leads per year
      3 new signup/day = 1095 new leads per year

      Focus more on building your list.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:44 am
  • Barbara

    Hi Lance;
    My biggest obsticle is myself. Being new to the internet(meaning the last couple of years) and starting a new business in such a highly competitive field. At this age I feel on one hand very excited that I embarked in an ever growing extemely interesting field. One that I know I can help many business’s to succeed. The hardest part has been trying to educate others in my age group that did not grow up with the internet and the mistrust with it. I am spending a great deal of time explaining and the time it takes to have a business owner in my age group trust in what I do as an Internet Marketing expert and I am not one of those fly by night companies that promise the moon.

    April 18, 2010 at 6:31 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi Barbara,

      I think there is a huge opportunity in your demographic.
      There are a ton of things that people want to learn.

      Like how to email their grandchildren.
      How to share videos with their family.
      How to video conference with there kids…

      Think about WHAT you actually know and become the authority in that niche.

      It is much easier to train people on stuff that YOU have proof in.

      Plus you have an advantage in that you are IN that demographic. You automatically will be perceived as much more “trustworthy”.

      Why not focus on some tangible results that you can teach them rather than trying teach how to make money?

      Once you start making money with the ideas above, then you have a blueprint. It is hard to teach something you can not prove you are doing.

      I think you have an amazing opportunity.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:47 am
  • Wendy Aston

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    My spouse. He thinks that everything is a scam and starts giving me a hard time whenever I try to get started. It really takes the wind out of my sail.

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I will start writing articles for other Internet marketers to get some seed money.

    How will this monitor help your business?

    I’ll give it to my husband so he’ll know this “IM stuff” is for real and then I’ll be able to use it for my article writing biz.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:24 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      There will always be someone in your life that is telling you that you can’t make it.

      It took me forever to convince my parents that this is for real and guess what? Now they ARE huge believers.

      My suggestion to you is to sit him down.

      Tell him that this is important to you and to give you 6 months or whatever time you honestly feel it will take you.

      Set a realistic goal so that you know what you are working towards.

      Then explain that his negativity is a huge setback for you.

      If you approach him with some ground rules and expectations then I bet you will find him much more supportive.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:55 am
      • Wendy Aston

        Thank you Lance! You’re right. I am going to have to sit my husband down and have a heart to heart talk with him. Really soon too! I’ll let you know how things turn out.

        Also, I noticed you didn’t post my productivity tip. No biggie. Just wanted to let you know that the link I posted is not mine and that I get nothing in return for sending people there. I guess I should have mentioned that earlier. Sorry about that.

        Thanks again for your advice. Not only is it good to know that I’m not alone in this, but that things can turn out alright in the end afterall.


        April 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm
  • aba funghoul

    I’ll by-pass the BS about entering more BS just to get a free toy. No thanks – I will buy mine with what I need when I need!

    April 18, 2010 at 7:42 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      I am very sorry you feel this way.
      the real point of this exercise is to help motivate others to take some concrete action and seriously think about what their businesses need to move forward.

      I would hope that most people would find this exercise and the comments MUCH more more valuable than any prize.

      I am sorry you feel this is “BS” and wish you the best of luck with your business.

      It definitely sounds like you have everything all figured out.
      Perhaps you could focus your energy on providing the rest of us some of your wisdom which would help all of us.

      I’m just sayin’

      April 18, 2010 at 7:48 am
  • S. Ferry

    Thank you Lance,
    1) “What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business”?
    Time management
    a. information overload from reading email–correspondence & sorting through opportunity offers
    b. multi-tasking issues: trying to do too many online businesses to set up streams of income before any one is productive (fully operational & making money)

    2) “What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business”?
    In a word, FOLLOW-THROUGH. Register with Affiliates; register a new domain name; set-up a web site(that I will own); activate an auto-responder; start a new blog; open a new(dedicated)email account; begin a marketing campaign

    3) “How will the 24″ monitor help your business”?
    I think it will allow me to configure web pages while editing & creating pages–save time. The size seems intimidating, but a larger screen area allows easier visualization of text and images (larger and easier to read–some code symbols will be less error prone)
    The Acer F-22 Ferrari monitor is a flat screen that does not take up as much overall space as a CRT (cathode Ray Tube) monitor. The idea that Theresa Wagar has about using a second monitor for webinars (this is new for me and I have NOT done that yet)so clients do not see other things other than what shows on the 2nd monitor is very functional too.

    4) “What is your top productivity tip”?
    Focus on the most important thing first!
    (Smile, it is much easier said than done!)

    5) “What are your thoughts on the subject”?

    Lance, this is an amazing idea! You have brought several people together through this ‘forum’ and I have learned so much from the comments (replies) submitted here.

    Again, I am intimidated by the size (24-inches!), I also believe it will enhance (pardon the pun) the level of productivity for a business in the fast paced and complex world of on-line business development.

    Steve Ferry
    Chicago, Illinois (

    April 18, 2010 at 7:54 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      First, close your email.
      Only check it once a day. AFTER you have completed your daily tasks.

      Delete everything after you have read it. Don’t save stuff for later. You will never get around to it and it will just cause more overwhelm. Read, act or delete.

      Keep your inbox clean.

      Second, pick one project and complete that. I would rather have one project completed and generating cash flow then 10 projects half done and generating nothing.

      April 18, 2010 at 8:57 am
      • S. Ferry

        Thank you for honest and good advice!

        April 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  • Tom Sedaya

    1. What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business? I would say lack of working capital is my biggest obstacle. You see, I am out of work these days and I need funds to have a good hosting account plus buy some domains for my plan to have 4 blogs. I am living here in the Philippines and life is really difficult. I am a newbie to this online thing.
    2. What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business. I am currently studying a lot of things online and hopefully at the end of this month I could finalized my concrete plan of actions.
    3. How will this monitor help your business? Currently, I am using a CRT monitor and a PC with low specs. Hopefully, winning the monitor would boost my confidence. Plus, it would be my first time to win online if ever I could get lucky. I am praying really hard…
    4. What is your top productivity tip? Tell others in your home that you are working and put a specific time for it. Plus having a separate office (even a little one) within your home could really help a lot.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:06 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Why not start with just a single blog? Then a second, then a third, etc…

      Just get a hosting account at HostGator.

      That is what I use. They have awesome support and unbeatable prices.

      I think you can get the baby account, which will host an unlimited number of domains and websites for like $10/month

      If you need some quick cash, work as an outsourcing writing blog posts and transcribing audios, etc. There are tons of jobs always available on eLance and oDesk.

      April 18, 2010 at 9:07 am
  • Sam Munro

    I love the big monitor I use a 32 inch HD Ready LG. It’s awesome.

    I do miss the 2 monitor set-up however. But in the back of my mind I’ve got this superhero mentality that on of these Days I’ll get around to making an uber sized Jefferson Han Style Multi-Touch Display, Either that or I’ll end up ‘bricking’ the darn thing.

    Anyhoo. good luck with your endevour.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:13 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      thanks for the laugh.. 😉

      April 19, 2010 at 4:02 am
  • Rajendra

    I am living here in the India and life is really difficult. I am a newbie to this online thing.

    I am currently seens about on line business & other things and hopefully early end & finalized my concrete plan of actions.

    How will this monitor help your business? Currently, I am using a CRT monitor and a PC. Hopefully, winning the monitor would boost my confidence. Plus, it would be my first time to win online if ever I could get lucky. I am praying really hard…

    Rajendra Soni, Bikaner India

    April 18, 2010 at 8:16 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Everyone has struggles.
      The key is to change your mindset and start making progress.

      Just focus on one step at a time.

      The funny thing about an online business is EVERYTHING that you do compounds on itself.

      The snowball keeps growing and growing.

      Stick with it my friend!

      April 19, 2010 at 4:04 am
  • Mano Rame

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Time Management

    What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I will write 7 more articles on a niche that is working for me and submit to 3 directories.

    How will this monitor help your business?

    I love flat screen monitors. I now have a CRT it takes up about 90% of the space on my table. Also the it will reduce the eye strain I’m currently experiencing.

    What is your top productivity tip?

    When you want to do something ‘just do it’ do not think about doing it. Let me explain sit in a chair and think you want to stand up, try it for a minute now don’t ‘think’ about standing up ‘just stand up’. So, the next time you get an idea for an article immediately start typing do not think about it.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:22 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hey Mano,

      Time management is kind of vague.. 😉

      Check out some of the tips that I give up above. That will get you started. 😉

      April 19, 2010 at 11:48 am
      • Mano Rame

        My biggest obstacle in business is getting side tracked every now and then with new opportunities.

        April 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm
        • Lance Tamashiro

          That is exactly why you should only be working on one project at a time.

          If you force yourself to only work on one project then it is easy to evaluate “new opportunities”..

          They either get you close to finishing your project or not.

          April 20, 2010 at 6:29 am
  • Mike Holthuysen

    Hi Lance,

    What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business”?
    My current problem is creating real traffic to my site.

    I need a linking strategy for a new domain.
    Something quicker than article marketing. 😉

    “What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010
    One domain down time to build the links and articles to my new site. Then start on the next domain.

    “How will the 24 monitor help your business”?
    When writing articles having multiple browsers for research is a must. With 2 monitors I would not need the ALT- TAB key any more.

    “What is your top productivity tip”?
    My biggest problem was not feeling any accomplishments!
    I tried timers and found that did not work for me.
    The best way to deal with any job or task:
    1-Is make a list Short or long.
    2-Prioritize that list (what must be done now, next week)
    3- Strike each completed task no matter how small.
    4- Very important when a task is done
    * Give your self praise for that job *
    5- Start next task on list
    6 – go to step 3 🙂
    This has worked great for me. 🙂

    “What are your thoughts on the subject”?
    With any business the problems change but the key ones are:
    Motivation.. (sure looks nice outside LOL)
    Results… (we can measure) Traffic – sales
    Accountability… (who do we answer to?)
    Eliminate negative thoughts:
    Give yourself a pat on the back..
    (Your the boss so give yourself credit)

    Thanks for allowing me to comment
    Best to you and the contest
    Mike Holthuysen

    April 18, 2010 at 9:56 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What methods are you using to drive traffic?

      If you are relying on article marketing that is going to take a long time for serious results.

      Are you sending your article traffic to a squeeze page?

      You need to be building a list. That is the best form of traffic that you can get.

      Don’t get me wrong, you should be doing articles, but you should also be doing other things as well.


      Everything should be focused on building a list. Once you have a targeted prospect on your list, THEN you can send them to your offer.

      April 19, 2010 at 4:20 am
  • Bryan Jones


    Thanks for the offer to received the monitor.

    Whether I win or not (and I hope I do :-), here are the answers to your questions:

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    My biggest obstacle has been focus. More specifically focusing on one business model and sticking with it.

    There are a lot of good ways to make money online and they are all just as good as the other, as long as you spend time pursuing that one business model and not being distracted by others.

    My email box (like so many others) gets full of emails from so many people with good ideas and profitable systems and sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in “this new system” and “that new product” that you forget what you were doing before. When you forget or “start and stop” like this, you never become successful at anything.

    Then you end up saying, “This stuff doesn’t work,” when actually the problem is not the system or product, it is you starting and stopping and getting distracted.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business?

    To address the problem of focus, I have (and will) remove myself from all the “guru email lists” and only listen to a couple of people who are speaking about my chosen business model. That will keep me from being distracted by so many “voices.”

    How will this monitor help your business?

    The monitor will help me because I do a LOT of video producing, both for training my clients and for adding to websites. Because of my age I think my eyes could use some help in seeing better and the monitor would be a great benefit for my productivity.

    * What is your top productivity tip?

    My top productivity tip is choose one (or at the most) two business models and stick with them until you see results.

    It could be:

    – affiliate marketing
    – membership sites
    – selling on ebay
    – selling software
    – designing websites
    – flipping websites
    – creating products
    – or whatever…

    …choose one and stick with it until you see results. Resist the urge to go off into tangents every time you hear about the new “whizbang gizmo that will make you millions.”

    It won’t happen!

    Thanks for the monitor!

    April 18, 2010 at 10:09 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      You hit the nail on the head…

      The problem is usually not the system.

      It is the implementer not following through or even worse, picking and choosing the parts they like and mashing together different systems.

      So now that you have identified your problem..

      What are you going to do?

      April 19, 2010 at 4:22 am
  • Claude LaBadie

    The biggest obstacle facing our business is to make people clearly understand that we are not another one of those Internet scams but a legitimate business which strives on its partner success.

    By April 30 we will have completed our new recruiting campaign for new partners who want to earn a living from the Internet using their own idea and without having to learn the technology.

    The monitor will not really help our business as we have all that we need already but we will give it, matched with a new computer to a another single parent family and help them leap beyond their present life of scarcity.

    Our top productivity tip is the “6 Items ToDo List”: Make a list every night of the 6 most important things you need to do the next day and the next day take each task one by one and work it out until it is completed.

    May you all find 2010 the year of abundance for you too.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:41 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      One thing that I found helped overcome the “legitimate business” objection


      having a legitimate business.

      It is one thing to say you run a business, it is another to actually own a business.

      Get a business actually filed with your secretary of state.
      Have you done that?

      April 19, 2010 at 4:23 am
  • Alexander

    1) It might sound silly to someone, but it’s to find a place where register videos and run webinars as long as I’m still employed and that I have time only late in the evening and very early in the morning, I could not do them without waking up my family.

    2) Gather detailed information about taxes

    3) a second monitor would be great during webinars: on the first I’ll put the slides of the webinar, on the second support stuff and the chat box with the questions of the attendees

    4) Focusing on a very small number of projects and defining ever evening the 3 most important tasks for the following day and acting on them at first in the following morning.


    April 18, 2010 at 11:04 am
    • Victor

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      Good Luck

      April 18, 2010 at 11:26 am
      • Ray

        Hey – great advise – thanks for that!

        April 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      If you are unable to find a quiet spot when the family is sleeping, record your “webinars”

      Nothing says that they have to be live.

      Oh yah, and if you do that… You have a product to sell over and over and over again. 😉

      April 19, 2010 at 4:25 am
  • Meirav

    I have been online for a while and made some money (nothing to boast about) but the thing is, I think that a wide screen is a must. I have lost some of my eyesite, whie spending lots of time in from of the PC and I think that a good screen is a must to be able to function well.
    I would recommed a good wide screen to anyone who is spending much time in front of the PC.
    So guys, when you come out with your new products and you need affiliates, drop me a line…

    April 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  • Sheri

    ◦What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Getting enough traffic and then converting it once it gets there.

    ◦What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I am putting two of my foreign accent reduction courses on a “drip system” (thanks to you guys) and I am going to sell them using Clickbank to try to get a lot more affiliates.

    ◦How will this monitor help your business?

    Because I haven’t had quite enough business over the last couple of years, splurging for things like a new monitor has been out of the question. I would LOVE to have a second monitor (or first if this one gives out) to be able to see everything I’m doing at the same time.

    ◦What is your top productivity tip?

    Since my mind is always going a million miles a minute, I’m constantly thinking of things I need to do, things I’d like to do, and things I’d like to check out. I find that keeping a good list (or thought depository) helps me out a lot. It lets me go to bed at night without having to remember everything.

    April 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What are you doing to build your list?
      Again, that is your best traffic source.

      You should not be sending “cold” traffic to your sales page until you get it converting. You are just wasting your traffic.

      Also, make sure you are using something like Website Optimizer (free) to constantly split test your sales page.

      That is the only way I know to be positive you are always increasing your conversion rate.

      April 19, 2010 at 4:27 am
      • Sheri

        Thanks, Lance. I truly appreciate your advice. I actually do have a list of about 6,000 people who have learned English as a second language. But I am going to guess that about 2/3 of them are in developing countries and can’t afford my products or services. I am constantly being asked for free things. I am tryng to focus on international professionals in North America. Any ideas?

        April 19, 2010 at 8:52 am
        • Lance Tamashiro

          How have you built your list?
          How have you “trained” your list?

          If you are constantly giving them things for free, then that is what they are used to getting from you.

          If you mix up free with paid, then you have set a different expectation.

          You can do country targeting in adwords to only show your ads to specific countries.

          April 20, 2010 at 6:32 am
  • Harold

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    Not being able to find a niche that I can really get behind.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I will have at least one membership site up with at least a months worth of content, as well as starting article marketing.

    * How will this monitor help your business?
    I really don’t know, because I use my laptop 100% of the time because I don’t have a desktop.

    * What is your top productivity tip?
    Take small bites, of what ever project you are engaged in.

    Thanks Lance, for finding ways to reach out to us.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Finding a niche should come very first.

      What are you passionate about?
      What are your hobbies?

      Check out if you want to see how Robert and I do it.

      April 19, 2010 at 4:29 am
  • Bernie Williamson

    The biggest obstacle I have found is overloading yourself with all the information that is out on the web. I have also found out that if you take the time to at least scan the info before you download or buy and than download you will discover that most of the info is repetitive. What you need to do is slow yourself down and take the time at this point to determine what you want to do and what you need to have to do it and hopefully select the right source to acquire the info from. There are so many different ways of packaging and marketing the same products that it becomes essential for you to have a plan of what you want. What I am trying to say is that you need to set goals for yourself and develop a concrete plan for achieving those goals.
    I plan on having an advertising and marketing program in place and up and running by 04/30/2010. It will primarily be an advertising plan taking advantage of the free programs with a small budget for adwords and yahoo.
    As to how a 24 inch monitor would help me. It would give me the ability to have at least four screens up at the same time as my os is windows 7 and I am able to see two windows at the same time on one screen. On the 24 inch each of the windows would be almost as large as when I have one window open on the monitor I now use. That sure would make it easier on these old eyes that have already been thru lasik surgery once.

    April 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      If you want to overcome overload you need to have a clear goal in mind.

      If you know what your goal is, it becomes very easy to evaluate information on the web quickly and efficiently.

      Just ask yourself “do this get me closer to my goal or is this a distraction”.. then act..

      April 19, 2010 at 5:05 am
      • Bernie Williamson

        I have found out the hard way that you are completely right about once the goal is established how much easier it is to determine what you need and what you don’t need. I would say you would be surprised at the number of pages that I have unsubscribed to recently but you probably not surprised at all are you. Any hints on deciding trash from the good stuff or any hints on what might be some good sites to visit.

        April 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm
  • Jase

    Love your energy and ideas!

    Biggest obstacle – fitting everything in … too many things, too little time … not enough productivity … is cloning legal yet?

    By end April – have at least one months worth of content written, recorded and loaded

    Monitor – it will help productivity no end

    Tip – (a) get into a Lance/Robert program where they hold you accountable … (b) clear your desk (and mind) and work on ONE thing

    Awesome stuff, man. Always learning…

    April 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Thanks for compliment Jase…

      Here is the secret.. start thinking in projects. Just work on one at a time and then set yourself up to succeed by just planning out 4 tasks that you can complete each day.

      This will keep you motivated, feeling good about yourself and moving closer to your goal.

      April 19, 2010 at 5:06 am
  • Barbara J Gathany

    Biggest Obstacle – Taking all the pieces of my business and putting them together into a comprehensive business plan than tearing the plan back down to its elements so I can see all the activities that need to be done, when they need to be done and how I need to do them.

    By end of April – To begin your membership course as I believe this is the most viable way for me to quick start my business plan. This will also include starting to get content materials together.

    Monitor – The ability to be working on one monitor and have the other monitor to do research on when I’m writing content materials on the other monitor and other similar situations.

    Tip – Once a month to track everything I do one day (tasks and time)and map those against both my strategic and monthly plans to see where I am spending my time. Is it on value added or non-value added activities for my business?

    April 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      I can’t stress the importance of finding one system and sticking to it.

      Also, it really helps if you have a mentor that can piece everything together for you.

      When I started paying for mentoring things started changing rapidly.

      There is no reason to make the mistakes that someone else has already made.

      Just make sure you find someone that is ACTUALLY succeeding.

      April 19, 2010 at 11:51 am
  • Betty Fellows

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    The biggest obstacles I’m facing is not knowing which tasks take priority. (i.e. Does traffic to the website come before list building, go along with it, or what.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I will have 15 articles posted to help drive traffic

    * How will this monitor help your business?
    I’m using an old monitor which sometimes doesn’t want to turn on and is blurry. A new, wide screen monitor will make it much easier to get my work done.

    * What is your top productivity tip?
    If there is a task you really don’t want to do, do it first and get it over with. Then move on to the tasks you like doing. This will give you a real sense of accomplishment and allow you get more done.

    Lance- You are awesome, as always.

    April 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro


      Take everything in a logical progression..

      Think like this…

      If I had traffic and no website would it help me?
      That means you need a product/website.

      You should ALWAYS be focused on listbuilding.

      A simple opt-in page is all you need. Just one that you can test and get converting.

      You should be able to get your optin page converted at least 50%…

      April 19, 2010 at 11:52 am
  • CynthiaCharleen

    Free monitor…that would be great. Free is one of the few terms I like more thatn 75% off. Lance, keep the good information coming. I enjoyed meeting you in L.A. in March.

    The biggest obstacle I face is getting my mind around technology. Your information has really helped…thanks

    April 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hey Cynthia!!!

      It was fun meeting you as well!

      If you are having problems with technology, don’t try to grasp everything at once.
      There is actually very little you need to know.

      Also, don’t spend hours trying to figure out how to set up a website or hosting account when you can pay someone less than $50 to do it for you…

      This is a great place to outsource.

      Don’t try to do everything yourself.

      April 19, 2010 at 11:54 am
  • Ray

    Hi Everyone
    My biggest obstacle is organizing everything.
    Seriously, Lance, HOW do you do it?
    How do you put your website info places?
    Put important emails/info places?
    I really need to know and I need to know now!!!
    To do over the next month – backlink sites properly.
    If I had great ideas, I would not be here. maybe my
    best is -get enough sleep – did you know that lack
    of sleep can cause obesity? can cause cancer?
    extra screen needed so that I can follow your video
    examples on one screen while doing the work on the other one!

    April 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Here’s the secret…

      Keep it shippable (as Super Robert Plank would say)…

      Work on ONE project… finish it.. done, complete, ACTUALLY FINISHED.

      Then go on to the next.

      Organization becomes easy if you are only working on one thing at a time.

      April 19, 2010 at 11:56 am
  • Cecilia Havens

    Hi Lance:
    Thanks for the great infomation and support on your blogs.
    My biggest obstacle is myself and my belief in myself as succeeding in my business. I am working on this 24/7 and am making huge progress.
    The concrete action I am taking by Apr 30 to help my business is that I am setting up a blog site to give others important information they can use in their lives and also create a mailing list on the site as well, local meetings of master mind groups, setting up residual streams of income, self publish my books.
    This monitor will help in my business with my video conferencing as well as being a larger surface to use with my various windows of information. Plus it will also remind me how far I am coming along in my business and reinforcing in myself the extra self love and self belief everyone longs for.
    My top productivity tip is to end each day with gratitude and I do have a list of my dreams and goals written down and dated which I go over several times daily and add to it and cross off as my goals are met.
    I also use my mind before I sleep I visualize what it is I want answered or accomplished for the next day or so and I give thanks for the answer in advance..most times I dream of the solution..I do fall asleep to one of my favorite subliminal mind meditation cd’s.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Your very welcome!

      Here is the thing… If YOU don’t believe in yourself, then why should your customers and prospects believe in you or your products.

      Whether you realize it or not that “insecurity” will be conveyed in your marketing message.

      What I suggest is setting small goals. Goals that you can accomplish. As you accomplish them your confidence will rise. 😉

      April 20, 2010 at 6:34 am
  • Robert Dickson

    ** What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Simply not having enough time to get everything done. I feel like I’m always run ragged, even with several assistants. I’m constantly coming up with ideas that I think will increase my business by leaps and bounds, but it frustrates me to know that I won’t be able to implement any of them for weeks at least.

    I’m a web designer/programmer, and I design sites in Photoshop, code them into WordPress, and then customize them to perfectly meet my client’s needs. I have several assistants, but they aren’t good enough at much of the more technical things I do to take that off my plate, and that’s where the real problem lies.

    ** What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I will hire an additional assistant who is well-versed in the technical side of things that keeps me from promoting my business properly, and I will be sure to send him or her as much work as possible. It may be expensive, but it will keep me sane, and allow me to grow my business.

    ** How will this monitor help your business?

    I used to have a two-monitor setup, but my old monitor died. I really miss it, because for web design, the best thing ever is to have Photoshop or a coding program open on one monitor, and a browser open in the other one, so I can easily see results instantly as I work, instead of having to Alt-Tab thousands of times (I think my Alt-Tab fingers are completely worn out 🙂

    ** What is your top productivity tip?

    Avoid time-wasters like forums and Facebook, unless absolutely necessary. It’s easy to justify using these for business purposes, but it’s even easier to spend hours on these sites, when 10 minutes would do just fine.

    When you must read Facebook or a forum, set a timer keep you on track.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm
  • Betty

    Mi mayor problema es que no tengo pagina..
    Todavia estoy estoy estudiando MERCADEO POR Internet.
    Para antes del 30 de abril voy a poner un anuncio en .
    Y el monitor me gustaria con la frase sobre la pantalla: from Lance Tamashiro seria el mejor regalo.
    Solo he visto esos monitores grandes en la casa de el famoso corredor de Bolsa de El Salvador Jose Espana.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm
  • Samuel S.

    I need something concrete that can produce money (show me the money!) My wife does not let me sleep because I have invested in some RE promises that demanded some more money to make some money. I used my last invested penny to buy materials now I am penniless and am urged to show the money. What can I do? Where do I find the money now?

    I would follow step by step if I am shown what to do and if I have a coach, a mentor, someone who can motivate me and show me the way.

    I don’t have a top productivity tip. I am new and want to learn. Show me how and what to do.

    Show me how different you are from others.


    This monitor can show my spouse that the people I am dealing with are serious and they do what they say. it will show concrete results and would help me affirm that everything said to me will come to pass.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Quick cash is always available by letting others hire your services.

      I personally love to hire people on oDesk.

      As far as business goes, I am not sure that there is such a thing as immediate cash.

      It IS a business you are building right?

      I have yet to find a true business that doesn’t require cultivation and growth.

      Business is about long term growth, stability and profits.
      Not getting rich quick.

      I am sorry if this isn’t the answer you are looking for, but I am no expert in getting rich overnight.

      April 20, 2010 at 7:19 am
  • Thomas R

    I thank you for offering this great gift of a large screen monitor. I have been very fortunate for the last 5 years I have used 2 monitors for my main desktop and an extra monitor for my 1 of my 2 laptops.
    This is my insurance against Mr Murphy, whom has made his visits to me at the most unlikely times.
    This has enabled me to have almost no down time.
    As I read some of the people responding to this great offer I realized that I did not need to compete.
    Thank you

    April 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm
  • Brad Pollina

    My biggest obstacle I’m facing right now is lack of focus! I tend to join every new program out there and doing poorly! By April 30 I plan on sifting through the programs I’m in and dumping the ones that are not profitable. This extra monitor will allow me to have more windows open at a time and have a chat window and email open all the time! As far as a productivity tip goes, my #1 tip would be JUST DO IT!

    April 19, 2010 at 12:18 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      What is your business plan?

      What does your business actually do?

      Once you have these answered then you can determine what programs are needed to get you and your business where you want to be.

      Without knowing these things you are jumping from “thing to thing”

      April 20, 2010 at 7:21 am
  • miroslav

    My biggest problem is in that whenever I do something in order to start my business (Internt Enterpreneur Club) 10 new problems arise. So, day after day is passing by.

    Miroslav Turcinovic
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    April 19, 2010 at 2:43 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Should the training or club that you are paying to be in help you with whatever problems are coming up when you are implementing their system?

      April 20, 2010 at 7:47 am
  • bryanBliss

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    * How will this monitor help your business?
    * What is your top productivity tip?

    Biggest obstacle is distraction.

    concrete action will be I will have completed install and added content to 3 membership sites and sent initial traffic strategy ( press release/direct mail and haro request)

    The monitor will help in the video editing, having a larger canvas to see the big picture and arrange my media for optimum effect.

    top productivity tip, stay hungry

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      Distraction is kind of vague?

      Are you talking about email? Close your client and only check it at the end of the day.

      Are you talking about family? Tell them that you work between 8-2 and you can’t be bothered unless it is an emergency.

      Is it the TV? Do like Super Robert and get rid of it.

      You need to identify what your distraction is before you can solve it.

      You must also WANT to solve that distraction.

      Most people make up a million reasons why they CAN’T…

      It’s up to you to decide if your business is WORTH getting rid of the distraction.

      April 20, 2010 at 7:50 am
  • shuwu

    Hullo Lance he genius guy…
    your indeed a very kind guy…
    i thank you so much for the wonderful gifts and advice you offer to me and other people on line…
    Mean while my biggest problem in this industry is ????
    i luck the money starting capital… to spear head in the this business obviously i shall need to purchase a system, buy marketing materials, say up a website, advertise etc.

    this is my big big hinderance.. how i wish some kind samarittan could come and rescue me from this biting poverty…
    my number is Tel; +256777272525 Uganda East Africa
    aim really fed up of being scammed my little hard earned money!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:22 am
  • Joe Hernandez

    My biggest obstacle is procrastination, and time management. The biggest hurdle with that is the amount of time it takes my to get the wheels rolling, and when I have to stop for x or y reason, it’s starting up again where I left off. Sometimes, I have to re-learn something I already knew, but have forgotten certain details, like “backing up databases, etc.”

    By April 30th I will complete 1 project in progress, it’s a WordPress Membership Script site, (including reviews of similar products, ;))
    I plan on having a different alternatives for different applications.

    Since I currently work with a laptop only, the monitor will be the incentive I need to upgrade to faster computer, which will make it more efficient to record videos, etc since my laptop runs on a slow Celeron M processor.

    My top productivity tip is simple, work on one project at a time start to finish. You don’t have to “change hats” and it will keep you more focused on what you’re doing. Easier said than done, buts that what I strive to do.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:28 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      sounds to me like you are “juggling to many balls”…


      Seeing a pattern in my replies? 🙂

      April 20, 2010 at 7:50 am
  • Deanna Bounds-Ross

    The biggest obstacle I am currently facing with my business is having too many eggs in too many baskets. I have several membership type websites I am trying to launch and even, within those, too many elements to manage properly. Obviously, has greatly slowed me down.

    I have learned a lot over these past months and from your newsletter and sites and know that the one concrete action I am going to take immediately that will add to my business, is to narrow down the scope of what I am trying to achieve; focusing on main element of one site and doing it with excellence. Once I am generating an income with that part of that site, I can then move on to the the next element.

    The monitor will help my business in several ways. Should I be chosen to be the recipient of the monitor, what I am most looking forward to is using it for the video conferencing and trainings I have planned with my primary membership site.

    My top productivity tip is to make a plan (daily!) and stick to your plan!!!! (Most definitely enjoy what you do, but don’t forget to treat your business like a business.) Oh, and without a doubt, reach out to and help others along the way!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Sounds like you are on the right path, just narrow down your focus to a single site (it doesn’t have to be perfect)…

      Then launch it and then move on to the next.

      Working on more than one project at a time will just overwhelm you and create confusion.

      I would rather have one site up and running with the potential to make me some sales vs. a whole bunch of sites half done with no potential to generate income. 😉

      April 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm
  • Gary Hudson

    The main obstacle facing my business is capital. I have a lack of it at the present time. I need some clients for my reseller hosting business.

    The monitor would help by saving me some space and would be easier to read than the normal crt monitor I have now. Thanks for the opportunity to obtain this fine piece of equipment.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      What steps are you taking to attract new customers?
      Where are you advertising?
      What makes you different/better than your competition?

      April 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  • Jen

    Hi Lance,
    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    I haven’t finished anything I’ve started. I am overscheduled and trying to get my internet and seminar businesses to launch have been second priority – I need a mentor and concrete system to follow so that it can get up and running. Making that 9-5 paycheck seems like priority in this economy. I’m fortunate to make a 6-figure salary but I hate my job…however, I have two awesome kids to think of and in pursuit of my dream, I think I’m letting them down by pursuing my passions. Doesn’t really make sense, and that makes me crazy! 🙂

    Plus I’m struggling to pick the niche I really want to do first – I have two kinda weird passions…marketing businesses and fashion and style. I’m trying to marry them together…but still stuck.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business?

    I will buy Membership Cube so that I can have a system to use.

    How will this monitor help your business?

    My seminars are built on a web-seminar idea, and I only use my Mac and PC laptop – no extra screen which would be super awesome to have.

    * What is your top productivity tip?

    Do what you say you will do, at least 5 times per day from a list that feeds your passion and business. Also, self-care is important. Remember to breathe, get some fresh air once a day, and exercise a few times a week. People don’t take this seriously enough but I would bet $100 that if done on a regular basis, you will see your focus and productivity shoot through the roof!

    April 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm
  • santanu

    I have lot many project in my mind but recently I am quite busy in getting traffic to my social networking site. Well I am getting little bit of traffic but my target is to get some 100 times more than the current traffic. Trying to get them in all possible way but tired of doing all these.

    My action:

    Want to add many more activity to my site so that people will enjoy to use the same site. I will try to address or try to create a platform where they will start communicating each other.

    The big monitor:

    Oh.. that will be great. I can view all the pages with big screen

    April 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm
  • fernando alves antunes

    My biggest obstacle right now is dealing with in the process
    of collecting money from work done from over three months,the good news is my website do-wing well.

    I want to add many more activitys to my site so that people can and will enjoy.

    The big monitor,big screen big ideas.


    April 20, 2010 at 7:39 am
  • Tina Rademaker

    My biggest program is getting sales letters uploaded and working on my websites. I am a novice newbie and would love a 24 inch monitor to hook to my other monitor so I can get more productive.


    Tina Rademaker

    April 20, 2010 at 7:49 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      If your letter is written and you just need it uploaded.

      Why not outsource this task. I am sure you could get this done for less than $15.

      Why spend your time spinning your wheels.

      Think like a CEO. It IS your business.

      You do not need to do everything yourself. 🙂

      This was one of the hardest things for me to learn as well.

      April 20, 2010 at 7:52 am
  • Sophie Benshitta Maven

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    the biggest obstacle for me is consistency. My mind and my attention is like a wild horse: it wants to go all over the place. I had a partner and (unbeknownst to me) he served for me as an anchor: I made a promise, I created a schedule, I created an agenda, and like it or not, that’s what I had to do. although my mind was screaming for liberty and roaming around, I was locked in. That partnership broke up and I found myself with all that liberty that didn’t serve me. It’s taken me a whole week to get back on track and reign in the wild horse… but it is a daily struggle
    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    I have a membership site that is a 7-week course. At present it sells for 49 dollars. I want to raise the price to 97 dollars, and I will add 7 new valuable videos that will do the trick by April 30th.
    * How will this monitor help your business?
    I do a lot of webinars, and just last night one of the attendees remarked on the topics he saw on my desktop. It was embarrassing to me, and probably distracting for the attendees. An additional monitor would prevent that: I would be able to only show on the webinar what’s intended for the participants.
    * What is your top productivity tip?
    I use an accountability blog as my main productivity tool. I set the 4 daily tasks and return to the blog to add stuff I could be doing but will have to be done on another day. Before this blog I used to be pulled away by all the things I could be doing, because there was no way I could put it on my schedule and trust that if next day it still looks like a good idea, the thing will get done.

    I think the biggest productivity killer is good ideas that demand attention and immediacy… and my solution solves that. There are enough emergencies that need to be handled, why add to it with “creativity” and “good ideas”. Most good ideas are duds anyway.

    April 20, 2010 at 8:12 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi Sophie,

      Having an accountability partner is a great way to stay focused.

      Here is a little tip about your screen in GTW.
      There are two options when you show your screen.

      One says “Show My Screen”
      The second says “Show My Screen Clean”

      If you choose the second then it will not show your desktop at all.

      It will just show a blank background whenever you are working there. It will basically hide all of the icons and files.

      April 20, 2010 at 8:16 am
  • Dan Brock

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    The biggest obstacle for me is the emotional roller coaster that you go through in IM. One moment you are on top of the world…then one bad day can send you crashing down.

    I used to run a web hosting company – there is a lot more security because you have people paying you month after month for years. So you were guaranteed a certain amount of income every month.

    Even though I have a membership site in place for my IM business, it is a lot less stable. Members can cancel in the first week – a lot drop out by the third month. So you have to continuously get new traffic, instead of being able to rely on one source of income.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    Mailing list follow up sequence content – adding killer content in the first 7 days of the sequence to suck people in.

    Also, setting up automated traffic streams to build my list. Focusing on automation is what I am doing this month.

    * How will this monitor help your business?

    The constant reminder of the the Ferrari logo in my face will help keep me motivated towards my goal…of buying a Ferrari 🙂

    * What is your top productivity tip?

    Creating a to-do list every morning and sticking to it. It helps cut back on the ‘next big thing’ thoughts in your brain.

    Also, waking up and getting right to work…even if it’s just for 20 to 30 minutes can really help set you on the right track for the day.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am
    • Lance Tamashiro


      You need to constantly be creating to overcoming that emotional roller coaster.

      It also has helped me to have friends and family that can help keep things in perspective for me on those “down” days.

      As far as the steady income…

      I disagree that a lot drop out by the third month.

      Rethink how you are delivering content and WHAT kind of content you are delivering.

      The whole 3 month myth is BS..

      The reason people typically drop out at that rate is not the market’s fault… it is the PRODUCT’s fault.

      Provide more value and their is no reason for them to drop out.

      We talk about a lot of these strategies in Membership Cube.

      April 20, 2010 at 11:39 am
  • Christine

    I was going to pass on this because I didn’t really know how I would use a second monitor. After reading through some of the comments, I got some ideas on that.

    My biggest obstacle is my own mind telling me I need more information before I act. It’s a hard habit to break, but I am overcoming it.

    By April 30th I will have completed the migration of 15 websites that I am taking from a JV partner, and re-building portions of each site. That’s old business. New business is I will have my first membership site up. It will be the One Time pay type that I’m learning about in Membership Cube.

    I had a flash to create online courses about 2 years ago. At that time, I was advised that building a membership site could cost me upwards of $10,000 and that more was better. Now, with WishList and Membership Cube, and, the FABULOUS Drip plugin, I’m going to finally realize that dream.

    About that monitor…it drives me nuts to have so many things open on my desk top that the system tray gets too full to find stuff. I would use the additional monitor to display the reference resources that I need to work on my sites. (So cool, my husband will be jealous!)

    My productivity tip: You can’t manage time. You can only manage your actions at any given moment. So, focus on managing what you choose to do at any given time.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Start out by taking a leap and just putting something out there.

      What’s the worst that can happen?

      You might find out you don’t need to know more and you make a sale? 😉

      I can promise you one thing…
      You will never know EVERYTHING…

      This is an every changing landscape and you will always have something to learn.

      Come on… do it.. 😉
      Take a leap and see what happens!

      April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm
  • Johanna C Jacobs

    I can not leave any informed comment yet.
    I’m too new to all and struggling to get anything done.
    Confused about all the terms that is used when reading an option…words and technical terms is a nightmare if you are new.
    BUT…Hi, I’m like a dog with his bone…
    I do not think about a monitor…Seeing all bigger and better will definitely not make it more easy.

    “To Be Or Not To Be”
    That is the question my friends.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro

      Hi Johanna,

      Believe it or not, we all started where are you.
      You will learn a little every day and soon it will all make sense.

      What actionable item can you promise to have done by the end of the month that will further your business?

      April 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm
  • Mike

    Hi Lance,

    I read this post with mild interest due to the novelty of someone
    online actually giving something away for free and not expecting
    the winner to cough up shipping or something like that (there’s
    always a catch isn’t there?).

    However, part of me was jaded because I’ve seen similar contests
    before inviting people to comment with their number one problems
    and such.

    The monitor in and of itself wasn’t enough of a motivator for me,
    then when I considered how many comments and thus ‘competition’
    there was going to be to be chosen as the one with the
    ‘best comment’ I figured it wasn’t worth my effort.

    I’ve earned what I consider a pretty healthy internet marketing
    education by being on probably hundreds of email lists over the
    last few years and soaking up whatever I could for free. I’ve
    learned enough to know that contests like these end up supplying
    tons of unique content and comments which are beneficial in the
    eyes of Google that will benefit you Mr. Tamashiro even more than
    the recipient of the prize.

    But I reconsidered when I realized that my number one problem has
    to do with fear (of failure, of success or both I’m not sure) and
    that when we give in to fear we lessen ourselves and at the same
    time rob others of what we have to give. A few years ago I
    watched the movie Modigliani staring Andy Garcia; he was an
    extremely talented artist who died tragically and struggled
    during his life with alcohol. At one point when I was watching
    the movie I thought to myself…”all this guy has to do to save
    himself is paint – something that he loves to do!”. Yet, if you
    watch the movie, you realize that Modigliani doesn’t ever seem to
    take the easy road.

    So too it is with us as internet marketers. Rather than focus on
    one single way to make money, even if it is in small amounts that
    we can build upon – we get distracted with new paths to success.
    We chase the promise of the one secret, the one piece of software
    that silver bullet that will make everything click for us. All
    the while we avoid focusing on one thing, no matter how
    unglamourous it may be and taking our future into our own hands
    rather than clinging to the hopes and promises of the stuff
    that’s being sold to us.

    This isn’t about how the gurus are screwing people over – it’s
    about how many of us fail because once we’ve made the purchase
    and it’s time to put in the work…the majority of us don’t show
    up. We turn instead to the next thing that promises to save us.
    Many may call this information overload, but at the root of it –
    it’s fear. It’s also very selfish to think that rather than
    achieve the greatness we’re all capable of, greatness that can
    benefit others, we allow fear to keep us in a comfort zone of
    minimal growth. This is why books are always being written and
    not completed, why products are created and never launched and
    why sales letters are never quite right.

    I had to look at myself and wonder why I wasn’t making money
    online and figure out what wasn’t working despite the fact that I
    know more than enough. It becomes clear pretty fast when you
    analyze what you spend your time on versus the progress you make
    towards achieving your goals. I realized that out of fear, I was
    always in learning mode rather than doing mode. The fear of doing
    it wrong or wasting money stopped me from accomplishing
    meaningful results. If I did finish a project, like writing an
    ebook – I would seem to abandon the marketing end of things that
    would actually move me toward my goal. Why?

    The most recent realization came when I realized how much time I
    spent journaling to MYSELF about my thoughts/dreams/strategies. I
    think Mr. Plank had a post about how sometimes telling people
    about what you want to do gives you a false sense of
    accomplishment. My wife has always told me that I talk too much
    about what I want to do instead of do it, and I realized that my
    journal was an extension of that. Rather than write something
    online that could benefit me or (on the flip side) be criticised
    or even worse…completely ignored) I would write for only the
    benefit of myself.

    The good thing though is that by journaling I was able to spot
    the vicious circle that I was in: writing about something new I
    discovered and how it could be what I’ve been waiting for to get
    things off the ground only to be abandoned by the next thing and
    the next thing. My hopes turning to reasons why the thing
    wouldn’t work for me.

    If we all were more willing to fail fast, learn from it and move
    on…I think we’d all be earning a lot more money!
    I decided to comment here after all, because I was thinking about
    making a post about this stuff on my personal blog which hardly
    has any traffic to it yet. To me this seemed like being selfish
    all over again – putting my comment on your blog Vance means that
    it’ll actually be read (by you if nobody else) and what I have to
    say could actually benefit others.

    Suddenly, for me it wasn’t about winning the monitor – the point
    was to confront myself and realize that school is out and now
    it’s time to get to work.

    1)My biggest obstacle: Getting out of the rut of my own thinking,
    getting out of my own way, respecting myself enough to realize
    that my time is worth a lot more than I allow myself to be paid
    when I haven’t even broken $100 online in almost 3 years of
    internet dabblings. This means being willing to invest in solid
    teachings online instead of trying to piece things together and
    reconcile the contradictions from one teacher to the other.

    Realizing that I don’t have to master every aspect of internet
    marketing – just one that will bring me an income I can build on.

    2) The concrete action that I’m going to take for my business by
    April 30th (also my birthday incidentally) is to hook up my
    shopping cart and create one week’s content for a membership
    program that I’ve been working on forever but never completed.
    Who cares if it fails and why invest months building content if
    nobody wants what I’m selling?

    3) The monitor will help my business because if I were to win it
    it would help me to realize that when I follow my passion and
    integrity I can accomplish amazing things. I’d set up the monitor
    in a dedicated place where I will give birth to a business and
    take steady action each day, no matter how small towards making
    it real instead of various states of incompletion.

    4)My top productivity tip – there comes a point where even what
    the experts says is meaningless. You may be the exception that
    proves the rule in whatever niche you’re drawn to work in, so get
    your hands dirty and do it rather than get second, third, 50th
    opinions on what and how to do it. Do what you can, learn from it
    and move on. If something works do more. Get out of your comfort
    zone…safe is the enemy!

    Thanks for this opportunity Lance. I think you’ll help anyone
    that takes the time to really engage in this exercise or even
    take the time to read the comments and your replies. I fully
    intend to read them all myself as well. While one person may end
    up with the monitor, everyone can take something beneficial away
    from this.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:41 am
  • Dr. Debra

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Building a relationship with my list via my autoresponder instead of falling into the trap of swaps and promotions and not enough meaty content.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I will put in one more week’s worht of content into my autoresponder.

    * How will this monitor help your business?

    I would use it as a second monitor for my webinars and it would be cool to watch videos on after getting my daily tasks done!

    * What is your top productivity tip?

    Get in a mastermind group or an accountability group or one-on-one with an accountability partner. Not only can you share information and bounce ideas off of others but now you have someone whom you have given permission to nail you when you don’t stay on track.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:53 am
  • Deb LaQua

    Glad comments are still open! After doing a live webinar last night, I am even more clear about needing a widescreen monitor! So here goes…

    * What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?
    Wanting to do things perfectly, and not getting products out fast enough and webinars scheduled frequently enough. My perfectionism pulls me off-track into doing lots of research and then doing rewrites, do-overs of videos, and edits of webinar recordings that make only small, insubstantial improvements (usually not content-related, but are more about how it looks, or removing 10 seconds of silence…) instead of moving on to create new products.

    * What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.
    Schedule, host and record a live webinar on a focused topic that I will then turn into a product delivered in a membership site format – and get paid to do the initial live webinar!

    * How will this monitor help your business?
    LOL! OK, during last night’s live webinar, I had six different windows open at the same time, on one small monitor. They were on top of each other, and to find the one I wanted became a nightmare, as some I wanted to show onscreen, and some (like my gotowebinar control screens) I just wanted to see and access. I’d go over to check questions and lose my browser window…then the flow of the webinar was interrupted as I tried to regain the webinar flow – you get the picture.

    Clearly, I need at least one widescreen monitor so that I can have applications and browser windows open side by side (or even in separate monitors), and not have them piled on top of one another!

    * What is your top productivity tip?
    Create a job description for yourself in your online business – it can be as simple as a list of tasks you will accomplish each day or week. These tasks should be things that must be done, and must be done by you, and they should be the activities that contribute to business growth and success (e.g., list building, product creation, marketing), not busy-work type activities that seem to suck up entire days with no real results.

    Thanks, Lance!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:32 am
    • Deb LaQua

      Oh, I forgot to mention – then you have to actually use your job description and do the things on your ‘must do’ list first when you sit down at your computer each day.

      April 21, 2010 at 9:38 am
  • David Perednia

    “What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?”

    My biggest obstacle is time. I have so many ideas and projects that I wish to bring online and have too little time to accomplish these goals. I have tried outsourcing to the Philippines with two full time virtual staff but found that I spent most of my time keeping them busy and correcting their work. I have now developed an online Intranet system for online organization and collaboration which has turned into a new product in itself. Now I need time to develop it the point that I can market it.

    “What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.”

    One of my marketing weaknesses is my lack of a marketing list. I am sponsoring a giveaway event that has grown my list by more than 100 in pre-launch. The Giveaway event has also turned into a new product idea which I am working on developing as a continuity product.

    “How will this monitor help your business?”

    I currently find myself switching from program to program to share data between them. With two monitors my work could be streamlined with the ability to drag and drop between different application running on the separate monitors. My multi-tasking ability would be greatly enhanced and streamlined.

    “What is your top productivity tip?”

    Organization is a paramount necessity in the Internet marketing business. With so many different products and sites to update and visit storage and retrieval of information in quickly and easily is essential to productivity. I have developed a secure Intranet which maintains and organizes diverse types of information online for easy retrieval but with easy sharing for selected eyes.

    This new system is a dynamite way to streamline and organize your business for maximum productivity.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am
  • Ifor Love

    Hello lance

    My main obstacle to overcome has been failing to be “organized” and using a “plan.” For a couple of years I have been semi-retired from offline work. I have tried to make a success at internet Marketing and like everyone else I have received freebies and purchased what we all beleived would lead us to success. At least it should have earned us some cash back.

    However, I kept all this stuff, “Marketing information” from successful Marketers like your self Lance, on piles of printed paper files, numerous folders on pc and online email folders, as well as in my head.

    I am a UK guy but lived recently for over two years in Thailand. From January 2007 to October 2009. It was a wonderful life in that Paradise land of smiles, but the “power cuts” (where I lived in the Northeast Ubon Ratchathani,)and lack of decent ISP servers, unless you were a corporate Company, did not help my situation.

    This new late in my life chosen career at online Marketing was frustratingly hindered. Amazon and other Giant services will not deliver to Thailand. Big packages, such as PMA Books just go missing. That itself is a learning experience for newbies like myself.

    It helped me to realise what I could accomplish in a western world country with ultra technology and a good power supply at my disposal. Now almost all new technolgy hardware products etc; are manufactured in Asia as everyone knows and I was on the doorstep.

    Often I pondered “if only” I was back in the UK. You have heard about the Millionair on Holiday who meets a poor Asian man relaxing in the sun, fishing and enjoying real peace and security, while spending his days fishing etc;??? The secret the Millionair tells him?

    Well while I was in my part of Asia, I found so many “products” literally thousands to chose from to work at home and spoilt for choice. But I also found a “dream product.” It was NOT “Japanese selling secrets revealed!” But I realised what I had stumbled upon.

    I realised my first hand Asian experience as well as what is accomplishe in Slumdog Mumbai India, coupled with online Marketers information “excited me.”

    I had not at that time realised the two obstacles that would have held me back, in western world UK, but I had lots of time on my hands. It was then that it hit me what I did have. My own dream product! And lots more waiting.

    I started creating my own dream business. Out of necessity ready for UK, while all this time was on my hands. lack of marketing and technical experience, convinced me I have to be very carefull with my dream business NOT to mess up this opportunity.

    I realised I needed “Four things.” One: To be really well “organised.” Two: write up a good “plan.” Three: use my own new fresh dynamic “product.” (Which I had) Four get help from “experienced marketers” ( Unwittingly I had been collecting these but not knowing it.) To Market my dream business.

    Well I had time on my hands and started to create it and tweak it. I returned to Uk as I said and set up dream business domains and email addresses with them. Next I needed websites many of them.

    This I have learned from marketers while lounging about in Thailand. But that is easier said than done. As I said I had not earned any cash with my freebies or purchases. Still I have purchased some website business promoting requirements!!!!

    So I had lots of information NO CASH, but I realised with information learned I needed to be “ORGANISED IN BUILDING A GOOD PLAN!” A blueprint plan to work.

    That will be completed with one other “ingredient.” To put in the plan a “exclusive” few business marketers that will be, unwittingly my Marketing JV partners. (not literally unwittingly once they know or I have their permission)

    That is the “obstacle” I would have to overcome and master to be proffessional. What would I do with this monster PC screen Monitor? and What is my top productivity tip?

    First my top productivity tip: Would be to “CREATE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS.” followed by being “ORGANISED” with a “WELL THOUGHT OUT BUSINESS PLAN.”

    But there still remains the need to: “keep up to date” with the best and latest Marketing media routes to attract customers.

    Finally I would use the Big Monitor to hold home seminars and affiliate team members meetings. Well thats it. My best wishes to fellow newbies and invite comments on any of my comments.

    Finally. Thank you lance for this opportunity and invitation to put into words things to ponder over. Its been a good mental excercise.

    Best Wishes lance. Ifor

    April 21, 2010 at 11:23 am
  • Mike Mulanax

    1. – What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    My biggest obstacle is finding quality time to work on my business. I work full time at an Auto/Truck dealership, and care for a herd of 34 Alpacas after work. After supper, which is usually around 9:30 pm, I then sit down at my computer to work. By that time, I am so tired, I end up falling asleep and getting nothing accomplished.

    2. – What concrete action will you have completed by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    By April 30th I will have a better understanding of using Aweber properly, and implementing things I have learned about using Facebook and Twitter to their full potential.

    3. – How will this monitor help your business?

    I have been struggling with my vision for the past two years due to a cataract in my left eye. My depth perception is all messed up, and my vision is overall blurred. I have no insurance or the money to have this fixed just yet. The new monitor would make it much easier for me to see what I am doing. I currently am using an old CRT 17″ which is really a strain on my eyes.

    4. – What is your top productivity tip?

    My TOP productivity tip would be to UNSUBSCRIBE from any list that offers nothing to help you grow your business. Going through useless emails is a HUGE productivity killer!

    I hope this reaches you in time and can be added for your consideration. Thanks a bunch for the opportunity.


    April 21, 2010 at 11:24 am
  • Ifor Love

    Hello lance again

    Where do I upload my photo to accompany my comments.

    Ifor Love

    April 21, 2010 at 11:31 am
    • Lance Tamashiro

      You can do this at

      April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am
  • David Hake, Sr.

    Hello, Lance…….WOW, competition is fierce!!! My biggest problem….just getting started.
    My obstacles, only one right now…………..MONEY!!
    I could sure use a new monitor, because this dinosaur takes up too much room, is too heavy for my poor desk, and it’s getting a tad hard to read.
    I have absolutely NO idea why I should have your monitor, other than the fact I have never won ANYTHING I didn’t work for!! So that’s it. That’s my snowball’s chance. I look forward to your instructions. Thank you. Sincerely, David H.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:54 am
  • Thomas Brant

    Hi Lance,

    1. My biggest obstacle would be organization, both project wise and desktop wise. I like to create folders for everything to the point of utter chaos, well maybe not that bad but enough to get lost in it and lose focus sometimes.

    2. The concrete action I will complete by April 30, 2010 I will be to create a new report and squeeze page, a new landing page with sales video for a new program I will be marketing soon to a totally new and under serviced niche who desperately need my help.

    3. I am an on-screen-multi-tasker. Most everyday I have multiple windows open on various related websites and content. While putting together content or training lessons this helps me tremendously to be able to go from one page to another without loosing any information.
    Also, It would be great having larger monitor for reading enlarged scrolled text scripts for my video creation, (the eyes just aren’t what they use to be) and my current screen I really struggle with that, keeping it far enough away that you don’t know I am reading a script.
    Having a bigger monitor would make this much better not to mention watching your great webinars on the BIG SCREEN would be super awesome as well!

    4. My TOP Productivity Tip is; Keep The “3 Action Item Rule”:
    *Throw away the long to-do-list that are simply a reminder of all the stuff you never complete and make you feel like a failure and focus on just 3 money making activities to accomplish each day.
    Think of the 3 things you can do now, today, that’s directly related to your business making more money. Give each one a limit to complete within a set time frame, stick to the time frame even if you don’t complete it and don’t allow for distractions.
    If your action items consist of learning something first then be sure that at least one of your action items is to implement what you have learned so you have something to show for it and not just learning. Remember, seeing results no matter how small can & will empower you to accomplish more.
    When those three things are accomplished then write 3 more for the next day. If one was not completed from the prior day add it to the current 3 or work on it if you completed another task ahead of schedule.

    This will get you to your goal a lot quicker and with less stress and by the end of the week you will much to show for your hard work.

    Now Smile and Have Fun building your business!

    Lance, thanks for this opportunity to share and to read what so may other awesome people have contributed to this contest.
    Looking forward to see the product outcome you prepare from all this really great content.

    All the best…

    April 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm
  • Memory

    It is amazing how you always give so much for free. I guess the good Karma comes back to you. Keep up the good work

    April 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm
  • Joachim Klein

    Hello Lance,

    > What is the biggest obstacle you are
    > facing with your business?

    Trying to be perfect and being not happy with little results may be my major obstacle.

    > What concrete action will you have completed
    > by April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    I will purge my domain portfolio, because many of my dozens of domains will never become a project.

    > How will this monitor help your business?

    It will boost my productivity with photoshop, even if I use the program mostly for my voluntary services. It will help me with creating and administrating my websites with Drupal or WordPress. And it will be useful to have a little video-window on the corner when a little distraction is allowed doing tasks, which need little concentration but time (no, there is no TV in my home).

    At present I use a 1024 x 768 TFT …

    > What is your top productivity tip?

    As Robert mentioned in one of his mails or blog entrys, closing GMail and other mail- and IM-windows is very useful. And I hate it, when I need an attachment or an information from a mail and have to reopen GMail 🙂

    Best regards from Aachen, Germany

    April 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm
  • Paul Schmidt

    Hey Lance,

    Biggest Obstacle:

    “my study to action” ratio needs some tweaking!…and my perfectionism with my video editing is always making my projects take too long.

    What concrete action to be completed by 4-30-10:

    Currently editing a new video and working on the website for a new Web Advantage Program that will be unique and I believe a benchmark profit method for IM.

    How will the large monitor help me in my business:

    By having the monitor, I will be able to preview the video during editing in “Full Size” versus the small preview available on the video editor screen. This will allow much more efficiency and clear visibility for quality elements as I produce videos. And you’ll get one of the first “Alpha” version of my product too!

    Top Productivity Tip:

    Actually I’ve got two.

    1) Go to David Allen’s website and learn about Getting Things Done (GTD).
    2) Download FreeMind MindMapping software at and apply what you learn from David Allen using the FreeMind mindmaps…NOTHING IS BETTER THAN THESE TIP!

    Oops! Got just one more…

    If you use a Windows based laptop with a touchpad…Synaptics has updated their drivers (free download) to allow your Windows touchpad to respond similar to an Apple touchpad. This is a super upgrade and will make your touchpad navigation super productive.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    • Robert Plank


      It kind of disturbs me when people invent terms such as “study to action ratio” when they just need to do more. Don’t talk about it, just do more.

      I’m a fan of either GTD or mindmaps. Getting Things Done overly complicates something that SHOULD be simple… check out this diagram:$file/gtd_diagram.gif

      Mindmaps are another procrastination tool… great way to brain dump a bunch of info no one else can make sense of.

      April 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm
  • John Woolf

    =>What is the biggest obstacle you are facing with your business?

    Burnout, defeatism, drive and funds.
    Developed and own 2 moderately successful online retail
    stores that were deeply affected in the past year by the

    Fell for the shiny IM objects too many times in early 2009
    and wasted far too much of the green stuff. Now that I have
    direction in sight it is the desire (or lack of) to
    implement that gets in the way. I think I would call it
    the… coulda.. woulda.. shoulda.. didn’t.. syndrome.

    I had even decided to cancel MembershipCube a couple of
    nights ago but the payment came out that morning..
    …someone reading my mind? lol

    =>What concrete action will you have completed by
    April 30, 2010 that will add to your business.

    By April 30 I will have my 3rd Ad Exchange opened for
    this year. Also a new membership site for an existing
    product in the trading niche.

    =>How will this monitor help your business?

    Hmmm… More desk space? Actually would help by replacing
    a dinasour of a monitor that is already on life support..

    => What is your top productivity tip?

    Avoid distractions as much as possible…
    Distraction not only defeats productivity but it can
    also be justified in one’s mind as an excuse for lack
    of progress for the day. (I plead Guilty!)

    Sometimes our concentration is like water.. it always
    takes the path of least resistance if we let it.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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