Wanna Make Some Cash?

…for anyone that’s never made money online, today’s post is either going to excite you, or make you go….’As if that’s ever going to happen for me?’

For the longest time, I shared those thoughts too. Buying report after report, ebook after ebook, and going through video course after video course, I never seemed to get any wealthier.


Because I had my blinkers on.

And yet, there was money to the left and right of me, but I couldn’t see it.

It was hidden behind the….’You don’t know enough yet’….blindspot I had.

And so I kept buying more and more to feed that idea. – Thing is, I never reached the ‘knowing level’ I needed.

Once I thought I knew enough, it felt like someone had moved the goalposts on me, and I needed to know a little more.

Maybe you’re like that too? You’re trying to reach a level of knowledge before you get started.

But do you really?

You could take any products of mine, starting today, and make money from it. Either creating products to sell to others, or selling a service where you do the leg work for others.

Make coloring book images – Check.
Help someone create a picture book – Check
Create physical products – Check
Create spot the difference images – Check
Plot books for writers – Check
Create fiction characters – Check
Write emails for others – Check

I could go on, but with all the products I have, you could run a dozens side hustles.

Not sure how to sell?

Go to Fiverr, or Upwork and offer your services for hire there.


You already know enough…just get started.

Barry J McDonald.

“You Don’t Want This…It’s A Mug’s Game.”

…if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ll know I didn’t come from any writing background. In fact my mother was a stay at home mum, and my father drove trucks for a living.

If anything, those that knew my father would always remark on the fact that I never showed any interest in taking up the driving game.

‘You not got him driving yet, Paddy?’ They’d ask.

‘No. Because it’s a mugs game…and I want him doing something better than this.’ He’d reply.

I don’t know how many times I heard those words come from him. But they never lost any strength over the years. Whatever it was that I was to do, it would never be a truck driver.

He did such a good job of it, that I avoided wanting to learn to drive for the longest time. – The furthest I ever drove, was when I was about twenty seven and I had to drive the fifteen miles out to the countryside to our new home.

When I pulled up to the house, with two babies snuggled up in the back, and Catherine beside me, I couldn’t believe I’d done it.

“Look at me ma, I’m  a driver!”

So when it came time for him to stop driving – – after having a heart bypass – and he was recuperating at home, I’ll never forget asking him if he’d ever miss driving.

“No. Not for a second.”

For as long as I’d know my father he’d drove. Driving home that night, his remark played over and over in my head.

Had he always hated it, even back to when he was telling me to stay away from it?

Was it just a way to put food on the table?

And what must it feel like doing something you’ve no love for, coming up to the end of your life?

None of us knew it at the time, but he only had a few more years with us. He collapsed one day while out walking the dog and died on the way to the hospital.

“You don’t want this…it’s a mug’s game.”

Had he not said those words to me, I wonder if I’d be driving a truck now, or even doing what I’m doing. – Who knows?

But I’m glad that he did. That push sent me off in a different direction than his life, one I hope he’s proud of.


Barry J McDonald.

PS – Sing your song before the music ends.

Slapped Around The Face By Jim Rohn

…there’s a quote (Confucius I think) that if you’re the smartest man in the room you’re in the wrong room.

Now, while it can be comforting to be the cleverest one in the room, in that you’re seen as the expert to everyone else, it doesn’t do much for you.

Your business never grows. You never learn anything new. And you’re always on the lookout for someone overtaking you and taking your crown.

So, in other words, you ain’t really that smart.

Knowing this, and trying to up my game, I’ve been on a buying binge over at Audible.com.

Hence today’s subject line, about Jim Rohn slapping me around the face with the harsh hand of reality.

Because let’s face it, if there’s anyone we know how to kid….it’s ourselves.

We half arse things, hold people to a higher responsibility than we could ever match, and expect things to improve, doing what we’re doing right now.

As Jim would say, if the actions you’ve been doing, or not doing, hasn’t got us anywhere near our goals and dreams, how do we really expect things to improve?

Now you can fly by that paragraph, or you can pause for a moment to take in it.
If you repeat what you did today, did it tomorrow, then next week, then a month from now, then a year from now, would you be anywhere near that goal of yours?


Well, why wait for that time to pass, knowing that in a year from now, you’ll still be where you are?

Why would you do that?

And yet you see it everywhere. 

– People relying on that lottery win.
– People relying on a relative dying and leaving them a fortune to retire on.
– People doing the poorest of work and then expecting the boss to reward them with a raise.
– A writer talking about that book they’ll write and never actually doing it.
– That home business that’s going to be built when the time is right.

So, what about you?

Are you walking in the direction of your goals, or are you just marching on the spot you’ve always marched on?

If procrastination is a problem for you, you can watch my video on that topic over on the blog here.

Barry J McDonald.

PS – When I saw Jim’s smile on the cover of his program, I thought he looked like a sweet old man…now…I think there’s another reason behind that smile.