Can a Dragon Write a Blog?

By Dave Miller

I bought a Dragon. Now what? Do I slay the Dragon or train him to be useful? In this day and age where technology has moved to the realm that it is, sometimes we need to train the old dog. At times the easy way to train the old dog is by giving it a new tool.

I am a very cumbersome typist. I hunt and peck. I hunt for the letter then I peck at it. Over the years I’ve gotten fairly fast at pecking. Emphasis on fairly! So I’ve came to the conclusion that I need to learn how to type faster. I was mulling over the idea of taking a typing course. Then right on time, Fred Pryor called me about a course on speed-reading. I signed up. Next they tried to sell me on a package deal. They have a program where you buy a year’s worth of courses for $199. You can take any course that they offer. Plus they have online courses. I thought it quite a good deal. So I signed up.

I decided to find out what they have in typing courses. I searched. And I looked. None. So I called the lady, and she searched also. She found nothing. So now I’m back to square one. I have a year’s worth of Fred Pryor courses and nothing else.

So I looked for some alternative methods. I knew of one all along. I just never knew if I wanted to take that step. But I did.

I bought a Dragon. Dragon Naturally Speaking.

So this blog I wrote by talking. Which as many of you know comes quite naturally to me, talking that is. My hope is that this will make it easier for me to update my blog. And many other things. The real question is still should I rather have taken a typing course than rely on some device that I just talk to? I’m afraid I know the answer. I should take the typing course. But I do know that I am far better off producing material by talking than not producing material at all. So this is the step that I take right now: I will talk to my computer and have it write for me.

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Working or Networking, It’s Your Choice

by Dave Miller

Is networking worth your time? I made $5000 last week with my network. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

I continue to be highly impressed with the power of networking. In many ways networking is more than just looking out for my best interest. It means reaching out to other people.  If they have needs you can help them with, then do so. You will create a relationship.

Networking is more than a list of people. It is people with whom you have a mutually beneficial relationship. Other business people, potential clients and/or customers. The better your relationship with these people, the stronger your network.

Everyone has a network. It is simply the people you know. Everyone one from your nearest and dearest to your neighbors’ plumber’s cousin who surely has a phone number you could track down if you cared to.

Not everyone puts a cognitive effort into building their network. This is a mistake.

Here is a list of ways to build a bigger better network.

Start an email list

Begin building an email list of people you know have interest in your product or service. For me this has been a huge eye-opener and success.

I send out an email when I have an investment opportunity to share. This results in about a dozen or more emails a year. I do not bombard my network, only the stuff that matters get sent out.

To be added to my email list just click here

Add tag lines to your emails and correspondences

Last fall I added the words, “Financial and Real Estate Solutions” to my email. The first email I sent to my email network resulted in a call from a fellow asking if I do hard money loans. I do. I set him up. He made over six thousand and I made over twenty-eight hundred in two weeks’ time. Needless to say we were both happy, all from a mere tag line.

Social networks

Facebook, LinkedIn, et al. Any way to let people know what you are doing. Telling them every juicy nugget of gossip fodder about your personal life is not necessary.  But by filling them in on your business dealings you will be amazed by how many people you know have similar interests.

Help  others

Step out and help people. By helping others you will blessed. Okay, here is the plug: My brother has a house in Bird-In-Hand he is trying to sell. I told him I would get him some exposure by mentioning it here.

Quaint and Quiet

It is a quaint 3 bedroom rancher with a horse barn. It is an ideal starter home or investment property. Here is the link. He is asking $149,000 and the previous renter paid $940 a month. It has the potential to get $1000 rent per month. This is an excellent John Schaub style home. You can call Allen directly at 717-295-0662. If you find Allen a buyer I’ll see that you pocket $500

Start a blog.

Every marketing guru says so, so I will too. Start a blog.


Write a newsletter. Keep your network informed. This could be your blog.


People know people. If you are in the market to buy a rental property, then call people. Ask. Call your real estate attorney and tell him what you are looking for and ask him if he knows anybody that could help you. Call your banker. Call your investor friends. If you are selling, ask for referrals. Tell your people you will reward them if they give you a successful referral. Note the $500 reward mentioned above.

Quotable Quote: The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people.– Harvey S. Firestone

Kick in the Buttocks

by Dave Miller

 Every now and again my motivation wanes. Slowly the energy saps from my body. Booster cables are needed but I fail to assemble them. It happens ever so slowly, barely allowing the change to be noticed.

Sometimes you’re up
Sometimes you’re down
Sometimes fate can kick you around…..Life is a Corduroy Road
 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 This tends to happen in many areas. I go to work, possibly a few minutes late, and the motivation never rebounds. If I allow the writing urge to pass, it does. When I see my unfinished reading material lying there and I don’t pick it up, it soon ends on my pile with hundreds of other unread books. My blog fails to write itself. Being a father and husband requires time and energy. Real estate doesn’t fall into my lap until I am on the lookout for new deals.

Life continues. Whether I enjoy it or not, the elapsing moments do not cease.

The choice is mine; do I get motivated and enjoy life to the fullest? Or do I watch life pass with a blasé attitude?

Life without enjoyment isn’t really life, is it?

I choose life.

I will kick myself in the butt and change my attitude. The most important thing is whether this new motivation will stick. I have found one of the best ways to efficiently use my time and energy is to utilize lists. Another successful method is the verbalization of or making public the goal. I will start this morning by doing both.

Typically my Fridays are a catch-up and clean-up day. I’ll shuffle some paper work but never really finish it. I tell myself I’ll do a few important things that never seem to materialize. 

Today I will make a list. I will accomplish one important task and one semi-important one by lunch and then do the same in the afternoon. Also I will list two additional items of moderate significance. If time allows I will work on them.

The key will be to remember that the most important item stays the number one goal. Do not go down any bunny trails. Stay the course. 

List of forenoon tasks:

  1. Eat breakfast with my family.
  2. Write 300 words for my next blog.
  3. Finish and start a new mold.

After lunch list:

  1. Spend 1 hour with my speed reading course.
  2. Network with at least five real estate contacts

Additional tasks of moderate importance.

  • Compile a report for my banker; P&L, 2010 tax returns, etc.
  • Make a list of tasks for next week.

I have one task from each category on this list. By completing one task in each area my motivation will grow.

  • Family/Father/Husband
  • Work
  • Blog
  • Real Estate
  • Reading

 I truly believe the accomplishment of these five tasks will result in a bigger desire. By focusing on the important tasks I will not only complete them, I will feel good about the accomplishment.

Enthusiasm is mine. My spirit renewed.

Now this is life!

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