June 13, 2007
Just yesterday, I woke up at about 9am after going to bed around 4am and got dressed to go running. I had been on the phone most of the night with some business friends in the States. Before I could make it out the door, Alicia, Stephen’s wife, asked if we could have a little meeting. I said, ‘of course’.
Then she explained to me that she wanted me to become Stephen’s ‘seminar director’. We talked about what this would mean. And while I was excited by the idea, there was something running through the back of my mind that was just not fitting together with this new plan and that was the new product I was planning to release in a few weeks. This product would have likely earned me a few thousand dollars a month and would have given me a base-income (which I could really use) to pay off debts ($63,000 of debt) and make sure I had enough money along the way.
Even though Stephen and Alicia cover my travel, I don’t actually earn anything while I’m on the road, except what my little online trading affiliate business produces. But of course, the learning is invaluable, and if I had the money, I would be paying Stephen just for letting me work with him so much. It is a good arrangement.
Anyway, the idea was that I would launch this membership and it would take care of the monthly expenses and debt payments I had. The Lord is sometimes quite amusing the way he works, and a few times yesterday I found myself stopping to laugh at the situation. I just recently placed a couple of ads to sell my car (back in Virginia) because it was just too expensive when I looked at the total cost over the next seven years of the loan. I compared this total amount with saving the money and investing it over the long-term and this was just too high of a price to pay for a car I rarely drive any more.
I am also moving out of my apartment in Northern Virginia for the same reason. If you look at the money I’ve paid and the time I’ve lived there over the past few months, each night’s stay winds up costing me more than a thousand dollars a night. Not okay. =) So I’m making this change as well to reduce my unnecessary expenses and be a wiser steward of the money the Lord gives me.
Hopefully this will allow me to reinvest more of the money I earn from affiliate commissions back into growing the same business. And then I pray that the work I do with Stephen and Alicia will continue to be right for my strengths and that I will do an excellent job for them and it will become a financial blessing of its own. But above all, I’m trying to give up my plans for God’s plans. My plans never seem to work, and God’s plans are always better from all my experience, so I do my best to stop trying to get my way and just let Him get His. =)
June 6, 2007
I had the privilege of working with Stephen and Alicia Pierce and our whole team on the Feed a Million children project fundraiser.
Special thanks here to Roy & Michslle Phay for building the websites, Annie Turner, Jamie Keibler and Osman for helping with the web work, Heather Richey for eBay help, Ally Sullivan for graphics and copywriters Jesse Forrest, David Garfinkel & Ken Dare for helping pull together the copy; the world internet summit team for their help at the event and publicity help from Grace Zhou and Danny Chaplin of Chaplin PR and media appearance by Singapore TV celebrity,Kim Ng. Plus extra special thanks to all those who mailed their lists, told friends, downloaded a report, or donated to the project. We appreciate your help and could not have done this without you. =)
These are the numbers we were tracking from our condo war room.
The whole wall of numbers.
Getting closer. It’s now 2:15 in the morning and I am sleeping for an hour and a half before waking up to check the numbers.
The Victory – Good Work Everyone! One Million Children Fed.
Below is the victory party. Stephen & Alicia Pierce and little David Cavanaugh.
The Singapore Team w/ Brett McFall & Tom Hua.
We did it gang. =)
And the Trophy. =) -John Roney
June 5, 2007
Paul had received a lot of bad press over the last 2000 years. But he is quite possibly one of the most authentic Christian leaders the world has ever seen. The Apostle Paul:
- Paul was born a Roman Citizen (from Tarsus, present day Turkey).
- As a Roman Citizen, Paul had the right to speak in public, the right to travel throughout the Roman world.
- Paul has the right to not be imprisoned without a trial.
- Paul was born in Tarsus as a Jew and was raised in Jerusalem.
- Paul was a Pharisee, and the son of a Pharisee. Pharisees were the people who were the strict religious followers who were very well educated on both traditional schooling and biblical backing.
- Paul studied under Gamaliel who was one of the eminent Jewish teachers at the time.
Paul had been taught to hold his convictions with absolute passion. Paul was trained since a child to be zealous about God.
“I persecuted the followers of this way (meaning Christianity) to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison.” Acts 22:4
Paul was at first passionate about persecuting the early Christians. “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.” Acts 26:9-10
So What Difference Does All This Make To Our Lives?
Think about Winston Churchill for a minute. He stated, when looking on the experiences of WWII, that all of his previous life and experiences had merely been preparation for his service during the war.
The Bible teaches that everything that happens in our lives is a preparation for what is to come. Look at the life of Joseph. He was thrown into prison, sold into slavery by his brothers, but then became 2nd in command over the nation of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28 KJV). This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible to be sure, one that is filled with hope and promise.
There are countless people throughout history that have been prepared in interesting, strange or even downright confusing ways for what was to come. If your life is in pieces, looking like a jig-saw puzzle, the only way that God can piece it back together for you is when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
God knows what He’s doing. There have been so many times in my life where I have looked around and just asked, “why?” But the Lord has always had a plan for the confusion and the heartache in my life, and he has turned it all to good, even when I didn’t believe it would happen and the situation was bleak.
God wants us to trust Him. He has a bigger plan going on than we can understand. God knows what He is doing in your life. If we really believe this, it will really change the way we see life. It can give us a sense of peace when we keep our eyes on this truth—that He has a plan for all He does. This understanding can quench our unbelief.
When Joseph was talking to his brothers in Egypt, after going through all the mess, after 13 years in prison, and after total confusion for what had happened in his life, said, “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8
You can pray and ask God for this peace about the situations and difficulties in your life. Lord please give me the strength, understanding and trust to know that you are working out your perfect will in my life. Please equip me with the wisdom and faith to trust you and your perfect will for my life.
This article adapted from information from fantastic sermons by pastor Lon Solomon of McLean Bible Church: www.McLeanBibleChurch.org.
The author of this article is John W. Roney III. John is an author and publisher in the trading and investing markets who spends most of his time traveling internationally to serve at business development seminars. John has a passion for serving others and helping make people’s lives better. Other articles are available at www.JohnRoney.com.
June 3, 2007
Here are some pictures from Kuala Lumpur. Look for the two towers. At one point, there were the tallest buildings in the world. =)
-John W. Roney
June 2, 2007
Delhi is an interesting place. Many people, streets are filled with scooters (and a few cows).
The cows wander around the streets during the day and when the day is over, they go home.
There’s a certain feeling of limited spaces—must compete for room that I felt in Delhi—but that’s just a first impression without spending more than three days there.
Didn’t get the best pictures, only from the hotel room and conference room. Sorry.
New Construction Across from Hotel
Early Morning Picture of the City in the Distance
Stephen Preparing On Stage Next to the Ceremonial Meeting-Starting Lamp
One of the Parliament Notables there to kick off the event
The Taj Mahal was about 3 hours away—we’ll have to visit next time we’re there. =)
In Faithful Service,
John W. Roney
Singapore has definitely made the list of my two favorite cities. The first day I flew into Singapore was back in March. When I arrived it was about 3:30am, the weather was warm and humid (just the way I like it) and I was as excited as a kid who had never travelled outside his home town before.
I stayed up for the rest of the morning, going out running in the street outside our resort and then thoroughly enjoying the entire rest of the trip. =)
Didn’t bring a camera… have to get pictures next time.
In Faithful Service,
John W. Roney
April 6, 2007
There are two tools I use more than anything else in managing the different projects and outcomes I have, plus any information I’m currently using or needing access to: The 2007 versions of both Microsoft Outlook & Microsoft OneNote.
OneNote is a new program that acts as something of a visual filing system, allowing me to store information in different areas to access later with relative ease. This is where I keep information on any affiliate programs I have, all the projects and outcomes that I’m working on and any other information that I find useful or necessary to keep.
It’s a good spot even for something like a travel itinerary. When I get an email or view a website with a place ticket, I simply “print the document” to OneNote, and then it allows me to save it as an image in my travel section.
Outlook has been around for as long as I can recall and is a great tool for email and scheduling. I do all of my email with Outlook, but for scheduling I personally use my PDA phone because it’s always with me and very easy to use. But when it comes to following up on items, I do use outlooks follow up tools and calendar and to-do sections.
But above either of these two tools is a strategic way of looking at the outcomes I have and deciding how and when to do them. I am very far from perfect but those I work with seem to think I get a lot done and am very organized. Most of what I have learned about time and priority management came from studying Tony Robbins’ time management program called The Time Of Your Life. It’s a great program and I’d recommend that everyone go through it at least once. But of course, God’s naturally given talents play more into someone’s success, with applied hard work I believe, than any other single factor or training course.
Personality has a lot to do with productivity and good time management too. If you’re a student of Stephen Pierce’s and you’ve played the Know Your Brain Game then you’ll appreciate the fact that I’m half-red and half-green—I guess kind of like a Christmas tree. =)
In His Service,
P.S. Green, in the Know Your Brain Game system, is a personality descriptor of someone who is analytical, while Red is the driven, results and money-driven type personality. =)
April 4, 2007
I thought I might post this list of questions that I use each morning to get my day going. I don’t always make the time to go through and answer these questions, but I aim to work out in the mornings when I get up around 5-6, and then either do the questions before I work out or after, or a combination of before and after. Here are the questions, exactly as they appear in my working journal each day.
- Commit to serving the Lord with my whole heart and putting other’s needs above my own.
- Write my major goals as though they were already accomplished. Feel the feelings behind the goals.
How can I improve my work by 1/2 of 1 percent today?
- If I could only do one thing today, but that one thing would contribute more value than anything else, what would that one thing be?
- How can I go to the extra mile today?
- Commit to building others up and encouraging them today.
- Remind myself that all that I have is from the Lord and that it is all for His glory.
- Send me the bill, Lord; extract all the glory from my life.
- What system could I build today that would increase my efficiency and multiply my results?
- What new question could I ask and answer today that would take my life and service to a new level?
- What are some things that I am grateful for?
- Commitment to demanding more from myself than anyone else could possibly expect.
- I am a strong warrior for the Lord in the marketplace.
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
- I commit to the activities that lie clearly at hand.
- Review current projects, create an action plan and start it.
February 25, 2007
Step 1: Learning the Laws of Life
The world operates on spiritual principles, just as it does on the laws of physics and gravity. These principles, or laws, are as important for our welfare as stopping for a red light at a business intersection. Our inner life is saved or lost to the extent that we obey the laws of life.
Truthfulness is a law of life. People of character would never promise something and then go back on their word.
Reliability is a law of life. The professional who prospers today is the one whose word you can depend on.
Faithfulness is a law of life. Faithfulness means you can rely on a person to not cut corners or try to deceive you.
Perseverance is a law of life. You will always give your business and your trust to someone who will see a project through, even when difficulties arise—as they usually do. In everything we do, therea re problems to solve, and the person who gives up or turns to an easier task is not the kind of person who will find success.
Enthusiasm is a law of life. To be a success you must work at a task with your whole heart. Enthusiasm is contagious. You can infect your suppliers and customers with it.
Energy is a law of life. Successful, deeply fulfilled people have a high degree of energy. They are not lazy, nor do they spend much time on idle matters.
Humility is a law of life. The young should welcome, not ignore, the advice and experience of their teachers and parents. Through a humble approach to life, the successful person will learn at an early age to profit from the knowledge of parents and teachers.
Pleasing others is a law of life. Now, of course, it’s impossible to please everyone, but we will be more productive and successful if we try.
Giving is a law of life. Successful people give and give still more; their giving is returned to them in full measure. Watch the top people in business. They are the ones who give more than is expected of them. In return, they receive the rewards. They attract the customers. Their giving leads ultimately to success, both in worldly terms and spiritually.
Joy is a law of life. The happiness and joy comes from opportunities to serve. John Templeton names as the most joyful group of people he has ever met the young women studying to be members of the society of Mother Teresa. He observed that their happiness had an almost visible glow, and if had nothing to do with self-indulgence. Success need not necessarily take a financial form. But real success can never be achieved without the element of usefulness, of serving.
Altruism is a law of life. The altruistic person tries to make our world a better place to live in. those who search for success and happiness will find a way. One man, a widower with six children, makes the world a better place by raising his children on his own. They love him so much that, when they marry, they live near home so that the family needn’t split apart. That man made the world a bettere place by loving his six children. They had the benefit and warmth of his love, and that is a form of riches that is always passed on.
The altruist discovers an individual way to make the world a better place than it was before. It may be because he writes a book. Or because she paints a picture. Or because he rears his children with intelligence and compassion. Or because she invents a new cooking recipe. Or because his life serves as a shining light for others. There are large and small ways to make the world a better place, and all the paths, as different as they may be, lead to success.
The laws of life are the basic building blocks for a happy and successful life.
February 23, 2007
Sir John Templeton is one of the most successful investors the world has ever seen. I am reading this book for the second time in more depth because I believe studying what a successful person has written will help me become more successful as well.
John Templeton is a billionaire and so it seems good to read what he has written, especially when you can buy such a book for $7. How is that for value: the advice of a billionaire for $7?
Introduction to The Templeton Plan
“John Marks Templeton, regarded by Wall Street as one of the world’s wisest investors, is the founder of the Templeton mutual fund group, which now manages more than $6 billion owned by more than 500,000 public investors. He started his investment career on a borrowed $10,000 and thus is a living embarrassment to the efficient market theory, which holds that you cannot start from nothing and end up with a large fortune in a single lifetime.”
Talk about providing value—500,000 investors trust their money to the Templeton fund. That is massive value to massive value. The first thing this makes me think is that helping people grow the money they have is a valuable skill to have, and also, a service that many people need.
- Templeton believes that successful investing is a product of a person’s overall relationship to life and to the universe. He believes that God created the universe and is continuously creating the universe. While many people hold that financial success is separate from religious belief, that there is a conflict between the two, John believes with conviction that the two are related. He contends that the most successful people are often the most religiously motivated.
- At the Templeton group, all of the directors’ and shareholders’ meetings open with prayer. But they don’t pray for specific investments. Templeton says, “What we do is pray for wisdom. We pray that the decisions we make today will be wise decisions and that our talks about different stocks will be wise talks.
If you had put $10,000 into the first Templeton fund in 1954, your investment would have grow to more than $800,000 by 1987 with all dividends reinvested. That’s the combined power of compound interest and wise decision making. Wow.
“Backed by our beliefs,” he says, “we’re not so uptight and on edge as those who are in the business merely to make money. We start each day by setting our minds on the important things and praying. All our transactions are influenced by that.”
Business by Christian Principles
“There are businesses that apply the un-Christian principle. They ignore the human factor. They lack the wholehearted desire to offer better service and higher quality at lower prices. More often than not, those businesses fail. In general, people who take advantage in their dealings will get a bad reputation and before long others will not want to deal with them.”
The purpose of The Templeton Plan is to reveal the vital connections between the belief in religious principles and belief in oneself that will enable you to become a successful and happy person.
For each of the following lessons, keep three questions in mind to ask yourself:
- What do these ideas really mean?
- How do they apply to my own life?
- How can I use their meaning in achieving success?
There is no reason that this plan which worked for John Templeton and many others will not work for you. Put it to the test.