A tip for the newbies... and maybe the old guard too

by mounds
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Every minute you spend on WarriorForum increases the chances that you'll run into a legendary post. I'm talking about a post that outlines a system so genius, you're blown away with inspiration. I can think of three legendary posts off-hand. Guess what I did immediately after reading them?

I thought, "Wow, what a great idea!". Then I clicked the back button and found a new thread.

Fail.

Here's what I've started doing. Printing them off and keeping them in an "inspiration" duo-tang folder. It sits within arms reach of my office chair, and anytime that I'm feeling totally lost or uninspired, I open that folder and read. Instant motivation, just add human.

-Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author salaka
    hey

    i agree i just cut and paste to word save them beucase infromation some of them are great and if you put $ value it could be 100-1000
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Yes, I save to file a lot of valuable information from here. I have two folders, one is the folder that will help me in what I am doing right now (because you know you must stay focused to succeed).

    The other folder is great ideas to use later that are not related to what I'm doing now.

    I think it is particularly important for a newbie to concentrate on one method until they get it down or they will become like so many newbies and jump from one thing to another and then give up all together.
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  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    I do my best to stick with posts that are not related to what I am doing, for fear that I will go off on a wild tangent and start working on something else completely, because it looks like a lot of fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichMag
    Originally Posted by mounds View Post

    Here's what I've started doing. Printing them off and keeping them in an "inspiration" duo-tang folder. It sits within arms reach of my office chair, and anytime that I'm feeling totally lost or uninspired, I open that folder and read. Instant motivation, just add human.

    -Tim
    Great post Tim. There have actually been many legendary posts on here the past 2 years I have been a member. I usually just add them to my favorites but I like the idea of printing them out. That way you can read/take notes no matter where you are at.

    Great advice for the new folks here on the forum.

    Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Rankin
    I have been going back to reread a good post in hopes that I can better understand and digest it. I have lost a few and being new, just haven't thought to print and file them for later. Now i begin my newest file. Thanks for the tip!
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  • Profile picture of the author adamshatch
    I am also a new member, who is most interested at this point in figuring out SEO. This forum is a wealth of information that I have browsed quite a bit over the past few weeks. I will be printing out the select few as well so that I will not lose them as I seem to do if I just try to remember where they were and what I searched for Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Levira
    Originally Posted by mounds View Post

    Every minute you spend on WarriorForum increases the chances that you'll run into a legendary post. I'm talking about a post that outlines a system so genius, you're blown away with inspiration. I can think of three legendary posts off-hand. Guess what I did immediately after reading them?

    I thought, "Wow, what a great idea!". Then I clicked the back button and found a new thread.

    Fail.

    Here's what I've started doing. Printing them off and keeping them in an "inspiration" duo-tang folder. It sits within arms reach of my office chair, and anytime that I'm feeling totally lost or uninspired, I open that folder and read. Instant motivation, just add human.

    -Tim
    Now I can say "Wow, what a great idea!" to you Tim. I have never thought of printing the posts. I save a few posts sometimes, but printing is a good idea. We never really get to 'paperless' , do we?
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    • Profile picture of the author mounds
      I found that all of my digital solutions turned into a mess. Even with the most descriptive titles, I just kept adding and never reviewing.

      There's something about having a folder/binder/book sitting next to you, that you can just open and read. Whenever I buy a reference book, I always go physical if possible. So much easier to just pick up and flip around.

      One more thing that's floating around in my head... I wonder what would happen if we tried this with solid WSO's? Might be nice to mark them up, make notes, and just have a physical copy on hand. Gonna print off a couple today

      -Tim

      Edit: Figured I'd mention what types of posts I nab.

      I like to break IM into smaller pieces, like traffic, list building, creating content, freelancing, ect. Just as an example, this morning, I read and printed an excellent traffic strategy that really resonated with me. It made so much sense, it was simple, and it was step-by-step. That's what I consider a legendary post.

      Another one was a post that taught you how to nab $25 writing clients. I like to write, so this was one for me. The system was repeatable, simple, and step-by-step. Into the inspiration folder it went.

      What I don't do is just grab anything that looks good. It has to make sense in relation to what I'm doing. You'll recognize your personal legendary posts when they sound like they're written for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
        Originally Posted by mounds View Post

        I found that all of my digital solutions turned into a mess. Even with the most descriptive titles, I just kept adding and never reviewing.

        There's something about having a folder/binder/book sitting next to you, that you can just open and read. Whenever I buy a reference book, I always go physical if possible. So much easier to just pick up and flip around.

        One more thing that's floating around in my head... I wonder what would happen if we tried this with solid WSO's? Might be nice to mark them up, make notes, and just have a physical copy on hand. Gonna print off a couple today

        -Tim
        I'm the same way. Until I got my Kindle I couldn't stand ebooks. I still prefer to have a physical book.

        I have printed out a few WSOs, but I find if I print too much it just turns into a mess, which is why I opt for taking tons of notes a lot of the time.

        When I started opening my PLR store I printed out Tiffany Dow and Peggy Barron's WSOs on starting a PLR store though and it really helped. I could take it with me to read it, take notes in margins, highlight, all that good stuff. It really helped me stay focused.

        Printing threads and WSOs can be great, just don't overdo it or you'll be spending tons on paper and ink! There is so much valuable stuff on WF it is easy to go overboard and end up with a mess.
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        • Profile picture of the author Morganzolar
          I just fill up my internet favourites / bookmarks when I see something I want to be able recall later (It also saves the monkeys from having their trees cut down )! All the information I've needed to get started in IM has been through the sort function > sort by popularity. Multiple pages of 5 star threads, viewed and contributed to by hundreds of warriors! What more resources could anyone need?

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          • Profile picture of the author Ray Wilson
            Originally Posted by Morganzolar View Post

            I just fill up my internet favourites / bookmarks when I see something I want to be able recall later (It also saves the monkeys from having their trees cut down )! All the information I've needed to get started in IM has been through the sort function > sort by popularity. Multiple pages of 5 star threads, viewed and contributed to by hundreds of warriors! What more resources could anyone need?

            MZ
            Yeah, the idea to bookmark cool stuff is amazing. Yet, we all still need to remember that "stuff" itself doesn't help in any way.

            You must use that information straight away, which you gathered from the whole internet, or you will fall into the category of non-achievers.

            It's as simple as that.

            The stuff that sits on my pc and on everyone's computers is only "gathering dust", the ideas MUST be implemented.

            All the success in the world comes from putting the ideas into action.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I bookmark a lot of threads. There are some that I do print out just because I want to really delve into them. Other times I go through a thread taking notes for later. I always have a notebook at my desk to write things down that I find on WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    I always subscribe to threads like that. Then later when I get time I remove ones that don't help. Or take ones I really like and do more with the info.
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  • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
    Great idea Tim, I print off a post every so often when it really resonates with me, and keep it close by. The most recent one was one someone wrote called 60 tips for a stunning life. 60 single lines of ideas and inspiration which I found really useful in helping me focus and give a boost in motivation during the day.

    The first legendary thread I read on WF, oooh it must be over a year, maybe two years ago now, was so huge it eventually got taken down due to eating up so much bandwidth! It was an absolute monster, started by David Preston and I think it was called "Stupidly Simple Cash Cow". It was a real game changer for me and lots of other people who ran with it. At the time I was working a job I was forced to get after being self-employed for many years. I worked with this company for about 4 months and absolutely hated it. After following the thread for a few months a post by John Durham finally made my mind up to quit the day job and go full-time self-employed again marketing for local businesses.

    Lots of great threads started every day here but the ones that go on to be epic seem to be those where lots of people can start implementing the OP's new idea/strategy and posting their 'live' results back to the thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author FraserC
    I'd recommend Evernote or Instapaper to keep that all organized, but I'm worried it would send you off on a tangent.
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    • Profile picture of the author johhno131
      Finding useful posts on the WF is normally a danger sign for me, telling me I have spent too much time reading and not enough time doing.

      There are many inspirations within these virtual walls and each one has the danger of sending you off in a different direction so if you find one, do the printing out and stick it close to your PC but the main thing is you take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    This is a great idea, thanks for the share.

    I did this a lot when I first started, but somehow I got out of it! I need to start doing it again though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    This is a good idea. The information here can be very overwhelming.

    I am helping two friends who work full time and hate their jobs. They are both very talented writers and want to start their writing service. We all have notebooks. When I find valuable information, I print it out and put it in my notebook. My notebook is divided according to categories - marketing ideas, writing tips, social networking, etc.

    Since my two friends have limited time, I send them an email with the gold I find and use "NB: Marketing" in the subject line. They know that that is for their notebooks and to print it out, put in the appropriate section.

    Learning IM, any aspect of this business is a learning experience. Being organized, and like you Tim, I like to reach for the books to find information.
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  • Profile picture of the author purplecone
    I have printed some posts, but I find that I can't relocate what I need later.

    Now, I copy and paste it into a Word doc titled My Book of IM Knowledge. When I need to relocate a post, I use the Find feature in Word to locate everything that has to do with my keyword, such as SEO.

    This is an idea my favorite college instructor gave her classes. Keep everything in an electronic folder using a program with search capability. Doing this, it doesn't matter how huge the file gets, you will be able to search and find what you need.

    Regards,

    Linda
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    • Profile picture of the author mounds
      I missed something obvious with my original post...

      If you write a bad-ass post, PRINT IT OFF!

      Some of the best posts I've ever read... are posts that I wrote a long time ago. They might thinking in a new direction, get me inspired, or show me that I'm following a pattern.

      -Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Thanks Tim- its something I do a lot - file/save as. I usually keep the thread title as the file name and that helps with organization.
    I typically use the thread tools menu item above the thread to generate a print friendly version of the thread so I can print it later if wanted. Or convert it to a PDF with open office to read on my Nook or organize into Calibre.
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  • Profile picture of the author fmnelly
    Every one of us know the value of quality content ,some good contribution that i found here has gotten some link back from my site .here is a medium for me to get some info which i re-write in my own words,publish on my blog and link to the site of the contributor ..
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  • Profile picture of the author rezaafriadi
    I Think so

    Originally Posted by mounds View Post

    Every minute you spend on WarriorForum increases the chances that you'll run into a legendary post. I'm talking about a post that outlines a system so genius, you're blown away with inspiration. I can think of three legendary posts off-hand. Guess what I did immediately after reading them?

    I thought, "Wow, what a great idea!". Then I clicked the back button and found a new thread.

    Fail.

    Here's what I've started doing. Printing them off and keeping them in an "inspiration" duo-tang folder. It sits within arms reach of my office chair, and anytime that I'm feeling totally lost or uninspired, I open that folder and read. Instant motivation, just add human.

    -Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    The warrior forum truly is a gold mine to gain free information...I bookmark all of my favorite threads.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob100
    I bookmark the great post in firefox, then subscribe here. Then I hit the print button and copy the post into my gmail for archiving and easy reference later. I save them as drafts. I got over a thousand different drafts saved - info about everything I want to save not just post here. One search using the magic key words "Warrior Drafts" and all the archived warrior post pop right up. - cool thing is then I can make notations in bold red and find them easy later.

    The other thing that strikes me after reading this thread is - there needs to be a new thread where everyone post a link to there favorite "legendary post". Since I'm kinda new around here I would really like to see what you more experienced guys have come across as far as legendary post go.

    If some one knows of a few great post then start a new thread and post them, then link to the new thread here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinkysoll
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    I usually bookmark the post pages and once in a while I do go through my warrior forum bookmarks to look for inspiration.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jnelson
      I can say that Ive literally picked up SEO from WF & have trusted the experts here more than any SEO ebooks. Ive been adding those valuable tips to my Google doc & then working on it..
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    This is a good idea, its amazing how much good free information is available, you may suffer the same problems going of tangent like you would with a WSO but at least its free.

    I would say in particular the threads in the war room can provide you with ideas to really improve your business
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  • Profile picture of the author jthom804
    There is a ton of usual information here in the WF. But as mounds said you can run into one thing that you know is right up your ally then come across something else that you want to try and so on and so on, and end up ultimately never doing anything. It definitely helps to write down your goals and read them every day to keep you on track.
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  • Profile picture of the author DallasK
    Great idea to print those LEGENDARY posts and keep them
    nearby for inspiration.

    I've often had a personal inspiration message saved in my
    custom Mac screen-saver graphic. Then using "hot corners"
    in the Mac screen-saver, all I have to do is shove the mouse
    cursor into the hot corner of the screen and the screen-saver
    immediately kicks in, letting me see the message.

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  • Profile picture of the author jeffreys
    Good tip. I got lost a couple of times trying to find some great post I've read before.

    I will just do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    There definitely is a lot of great information out on the forums, and I ran into quite a few that I thought I would definitely try out once I'm settled with my current two projects, but I keep losing the links to them since I just save them as tabs on my Chrome (and they get deleted sometimes if I have to force-shutdown my computer enough times).

    My strategy would also to copy/paste the information and the link I found them at (may be more replies in the future to add into the content), and to put them all into categories so if I wanted to do something related to writing, I will know where to head to straight away! Thanks for the tip; I will utilize it eventually
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    My notepad is always open.

    I copy useful information in the same notepad file all the time and when I ran out of ideas or motivation I just go through it and always find something useful I've completely forgot about!

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  • Profile picture of the author Oswald Luis
    This is a good idea,how did you think of this?I am going to try it because right now i need to be inspired to make a blog!
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  • Profile picture of the author hayesrobin
    Wow! Good tips. Gotta check it out!!
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  • Profile picture of the author flocon
    It is true that it can be easy to leave a good thread and loose track of it unless it is bookmarked, saved or you can find it by searching a keyword or do something else.

    An extension I have been using is "Read Later". It could help avoid having to many windows open in the browser (chrome) and see the pages offline.

    However, the idea of having a folder specially for these type of threads seems to be a solution that brings more organization.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    Thanks tim , for these tips. I just started taking notes from the threads I read , and keeping these notes on my computer .

    Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author WildaGorskic
    I completely agree warriorforum has plenty of uses bro...
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  • Profile picture of the author steven sanderson
    I totally agree with you, great advice, i document most things i do here on the Warrior Forum, it all makes great content that could be useful down the line.

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  • Profile picture of the author dphotoguy
    cool tip! i have a suggestion for easier searching:

    create a dummy gmail account (where you will never receive any email) and post all interesting content into a separate mail with subject as useful keywords. now this will give you the power of google [mail] search to find anything back within seconds without even stretching your arm. you can also try out labels with colors for categorization. just a thought!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam12
    Great idea - some posts are legendary and keep my motivation high. I once read a post and it got me working for another hour cause it motivated me so much! I have a folder of awesome posts and go into them when I am feeling burnt out!
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