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"We live in a peaceful time now but the number of dojo's continue to grow

However these schools have nothing to do with the way of the sword

All they can offer is merely an occupation, at the best they can offer some retainer a practice sword and teach him some forms, in return they receive praise and fees.

That's why they still exist

It's up to them to what extent they choose to use their sword"

Blade of the Immortal episode 12



There's a big difference between a person who picks up a sword to simply train and a person who picks up a sword as a way of life, the intention that motivates them to train is completely different. For the person who trains as a hobby, coming up against the person who lives and breathes training as a way of life sooner or later will be found lacking.

It doesn't matter in what career or stage of your life you're at, intention is everything!

In martial arts my instructor Grand Master Codner constantly repeated this to us "One kick, one punch" what this meant was that with one hit you should be able to defeat your opponent, sounds crazy but when you have strong enough intentions you'll be surprised at the things you're able to achieve.

In martial arts we hone our skills in developing hand and foot control and mastering new weapons, as business people and entrepreneurs it is our duty to hon our skills, our intentions will decide how much effort we put into honing our skills.

If business is just a part time hobby for us, then our intention when honing our skills will match that.

Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, what's our intention for our business, answering this will tell us how much we are willing to dedicate to it.

Everything worthwhile takes practice and patience, in traditional martial arts systems it was common in the beginning stages for students to spend the entire session stretching, as the instructor knew that good flexibility is a strong foundation for strikes to be developed on.

As business people and entrepreneurs it's our job to decide our intention and work on developing a strong foundation for other parts of our business to develop on, for me personally I believe that for the 21st century having a website with a following is what sets you apart from the rest.

Nowadays everyone and their friends has a website but the intention behind their website and yours is where the difference arises. Just as a samurai guides his sword to achieve his chosen goal its the same way as business people we must guide our website to achieve our chosen goal.

A samurai may practice all day in ways of how to strike down his opponent, as entrepreneurs we must practice in how to get our website to reach our chosen goal, as it's through this daily practice that we start to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the field and in time become known as masters in our field.

The samurai has his sword but the entrepreneur has his website


http://www.uwt.io/blog/the-samurai-has-his-sword-but-the-entrepreneur-has-his-website

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"We live in a peaceful time now but the number of dojo's continue to grow

However these schools have nothing to do with the way of the sword

All they can offer is merely an occupation, at the best they can offer some retainer a practice sword and teach him some forms, in return they receive praise and fees.

That's why they still exist

It's up to them to what extent they choose to use their sword"

Blade of the Immortal episode 12



There's a big difference between a person who picks up a sword to simply train and a person who picks up a sword as a way of life, the intention that motivates them to train is completely different. For the person who trains as a hobby, coming up against the person who lives and breathes training as a way of life sooner or later will be found lacking.

It doesn't matter in what career or stage of your life you're at, intention is everything!

In martial arts my instructor Grand Master Codner constantly repeated this to us "One kick, one punch" what this meant was that with one hit you should be able to defeat your opponent, sounds crazy but when you have strong enough intentions you'll be surprised at the things you're able to achieve.

In martial arts we hone our skills in developing hand and foot control and mastering new weapons, as business people and entrepreneurs it is our duty to hon our skills, our intentions will decide how much effort we put into honing our skills.

If business is just a part time hobby for us, then our intention when honing our skills will match that.

Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, what's our intention for our business, answering this will tell us how much we are willing to dedicate to it.

Everything worthwhile takes practice and patience, in traditional martial arts systems it was common in the beginning stages for students to spend the entire session stretching, as the instructor knew that good flexibility is a strong foundation for strikes to be developed on.

As business people and entrepreneurs it's our job to decide our intention and work on developing a strong foundation for other parts of our business to develop on, for me personally I believe that for the 21st century having a website with a following is what sets you apart from the rest.

Nowadays everyone and their friends has a website but the intention behind their website and yours is where the difference arises. Just as a samurai guides his sword to achieve his chosen goal its the same way as business people we must guide our website to achieve our chosen goal.

A samurai may practice all day in ways of how to strike down his opponent, as entrepreneurs we must practice in how to get our website to reach our chosen goal, as it's through this daily practice that we start to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the field and in time become known as masters in our field.

The samurai has his sword but the entrepreneur has his website


http://www.uwt.io/blog/the-samurai-has-his-sword-but-the-entrepreneur-has-his-website
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Artists Instead Of itunes Why Not Play To Your Own Tune!

What would you do if I told you that services like itunes and google play are unneeded
What would you say if I said that you let them stand in between you and your core fanbase
And how would you react if I told you that true independence comes through ownership

Want to know how deep the rabbit hole really goes?
I'm going to give you a scenerio, lets imagine in your spare time you like to sell peanuts, peanuts by the bag, now lets say you have customers who you have built up a relationship with, now imagine a Peter see's what you are doing and see's the potential of these peanuts and says to you " let me sell the peanuts for you, you stay in your house and relax..." now this goes on for a little while and true to his word Peter sells the peanuts on your behalf to your old clients while also gaining new clients due to the quality of your peanuts.

My question to you is who is in control Peter or you?

Let's progress the scenario, Peter works directly with your previous clients building up relationships with them and they trust him to the point where they exchanging numbers, Peter finds he can get a better deal on the peanuts and decides to go else where taking your previous clients and his new clients with him, as you no longer have your old customers contact numbers you can't contact them.
You have to start back from scratch?
But what could of been done differently?

For me I say if you had a little peanut shop where customers could go to eat your peanuts you wouldn't have to worry about having others handle your customers, because the customers will know that to get these peanuts that they enjoy, they need to go back to your shop.You have complete control of the customer experience.

The music business runs on these same principles, but currently for many artists they have been taking the "Peter" route. They have been doing the initial hardwork of gaining a fanbase and when there fanbase go to buy their music, itunes aka "Peter" steps in with his "helpful" self of offering to sell your music on your behalf taking a percentage but giving you no direct access to your fanbase.

Some may not agree with this and say but I know who my fans are because they follow me on twitter, facebook etc, but I simply think there is a big difference between a person who follows you on twitter and a person who actually buys your music.
I remember talking to a friend of mine about my thoughts on itunes and he told me, but every month they send me a report, so I know my last sale came from Japan so I know to target Japan. But Japan is a very large place finding that customer will not be easy or at a minimum it will cost you. Me personally I prefer to know that Daniel Cole with such and such address and email address purchased my track, because with these details I can easily and at no cost find Daniel Cole again. Also with this information its easy to reward Daniel Cole for being a loyal fan, so I can send him merchandise or invite him to a listening party.

Loyal fans is what will keep your music business going

When in business you will find that what keeps your business ticking over is regular customers who spend with you month in month out, most businesses will look after these customers as they know their true value and will give them incentives like you get in supermarkets like Tesco's and Sainsbury's with their reward card system. But for this to work knowing who your customers are is essential, services like itunes, google play etc keep your fanbase to themselves, so how will you know who your customers are?

But what I will say is that getting to that stage of full ownership is a harder route and an investment is required, this investment is in having a fully functional ecommerce website. A well built ecommerce website is like having a shop on a high street, visitors can enter, look around and if they like they can buy, but a website can maximize this process as it can accept a lot more people into its shop than a physical shop can, and it works around the clock 24/7 and if your sales process is right your website will make you money all times of the day and night.

Here's an example of a a website selling cycle

You've been promoting your track on lets say twitter a person visits your website from your promotion, they look through your music, they like what they see and they purchase your track which is automatically emailed to them. This cycle will continue because for your next music release you can send an email campaign to your fan letting them know about your latest track and again if they like they can buy, what I will add from experience and working with a range of businesses is that if someone buy's from you once it's highly likely they will buy from you again (repeat custom). With this cycle you can start adding in further things such as selling new merchandise or using some of your profits to purchase relevant ads but the same cycle foundation is retained.In my guide "Ultimate Cheat Sheet, The Easiest Way To Gain Relevant Traffic And Sales To Your Website" I talk in depth on this sales process step by step, to buy the the guide for for £1


Lastly I will leave with this as food for thought, Tech n9ne who constantly makes the forbes riches rapper list is an independent artist and co owner of "Strangemusic" have a look at their website look at the only way fans can by there music and merchandise.
If I've sparked an interest and you would like to know more about websites, marketing and how I can help feel free to contact me, where not strangers to this. The latest ecommerce website we have worked on is www.slewdemmafia.com





http://www.helpineeda.com/blog/artists-instead-of-itunes-why-not-play-to-your-own-tune

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I've been sitting down on this for ages but here is my friend Joe Dyer remixing the Next track Too Close.
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More Than Words

As I enter into another decade of my life.
Slowly but surely I'm taking time to appreciate and make time for all that's important

#daddieslovetheirdaughters

Picture was taken at a graffiti festival in london
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Throwback Thursday

For those parents worried about your child's first day at school I think this will put you at ease
This conversation really happened! :D

http://www.daddieslovetheirdaughters.com/1st-day-of-school

#daddieslovetheirdaughters #fathers
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No excuses!
73 Year Old master of his own body. RESPECT
After watching this, I guess I have no excuses!
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