As many of you have probably noticed, I haven’t been writing a lot of Blog posts this year.
Since becoming a GIN member, I have been manifesting so many amazing people, events and opportunities in my life that it’s been a bit hard to keep up with a regular Blogging schedule.
I have a lot of cool stuff to share, but it’s just been hard to find the time to sit down and Blog – especially with how quickly things are changing in my life.
One of the things I want to share with you guys today is an interview I did with Tara J King.
Tara J King is a singer / song writer / performer who I met in Las Vegas at the GIN Dream Weekend in April. She is a Visionary Member with GIN and performed for us in Vegas during the event.
One of the main reasons I wanted to interview Tara is because she is an awesome example of someone who has and is using the training that GIN provides to make her dreams of singing and performing come true.
That is what GIN is all about – helping you make YOUR dreams come true.
Many people misunderstand what GIN is all about. For some reason, a lot of people think that GIN is just a network marketing company that teaches you how to build a network marketing business.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, GIN does have an affiliate program that allows you to earn a commission when you invite qualified members into the club. However, that is just a tiny little aspect of what GIN is really about.
GIN is really about teaching you how to make YOUR dreams come true – regardless what those dreams may be. Whether that is to run a restaurant, or to raise capital for a business, or to start a business, or to write a book, or to lose weight and get healthier, or to get out of debt, or to launch your singing career like Tara.
It doesn’t matter what your dreams are, GIN training will help you achieve those dreams.
One of Tara’s dreams was to sing and perform in Las Vegas, and GIN helped her achieve that dream. She is a prime example of how well the training works, which is why I wanted to interview her for this Blog.
So, without further ado, here’s the interview with Tara J King:
Paul: Hi Tara, and thank you for taking the time to do this interview for my Blog readers at Paulymath.com. My wife and I had the privilege of hearing you sing in Las Vegas at the GIN (Global Information Network) Dream Weekend event, and we were really inspired with the story you shared on stage.
I thought your story was very inspiring, and I figured it would be a cool story to share with my readers.
To start with, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and maybe a bit about your music?
Tara: Hello Paulymath readers. My name is Tara J King and I’m a singer / song writer / performer from Los Angeles, California. Singing has been with me from the beginning. Diaper days…
I could sing before I could talk.
I moved around a lot in my life and I have experimented with many different styles of music. These two entities of my life paralleled me to this exact moment of where I am now. I’m Soul, Blues, Folk, Pop. Mix all that together and there you have it.
I like to call it Rootsy Organic Music.
Paul: Now, when we were at Dream Weekend, and we saw and heard you up there on stage singing, at first I thought that GIN just hired a professional artist to come and sing for us that evening. I had no idea that you were actually one of our sisters in GIN and that singing on that stage was actually one of your dreams coming true that night.
If we can, let’s back up a little bit… when did you first get become a GIN affiliate or member?
Tara: In October of 2009. I’m a visionary member. Yes, I’m one of your GIN sisters.
Paul: Ok, so you’ve been in GIN for almost 3 years now. How many of these major events, like the one in Las Vegas have you been to?
Tara: Four major events.
Paul: Very cool. And, at the Dream Weekend in Vegas I remember you sharing with us your story of having the dream you had. Can you share with us what that dream was? And was that a dream that you’ve always had, or is that something you dreamt about after becoming a GIN member?
Tara: Becoming a professional singer / songwriter / performer has been a dream of mine since childhood. I’ve been in the business for some time now continually growing, performing, and seeing my dream get bigger and bigger.
When I became a member of GIN back when it started (thanks to my father for exposing this information to me : ) ) I was living in New York city chasing my dream. When I say “chasing”, I mean chasing. Then I started listening to the “Your Wish is Your Command” CDs and putting the principles into practice. At the time I didn’t even think to share the information.
Since then, after practicing these principles I’ve shared the information and lets just say so many amazing opportunities and people have manifested into my life.
Paul: The Vegas Dream weekend was my first major event with the Global Information Network. When I walked through the doors into that convention center room, filled with 3,000 GIN brothers and sisters, right when I was walking through the doorway – it was like getting slapped in the face with an energy field I have never ever experienced in my life! The best way I could describe it was like a wave of positivity, excitement and joy. I actually walked back out and walked back in just to see if it would happen again, and it did!
Did you feel the same thing being there in Vegas for that event?
Tara: The convention center is HUGE in Vegas! Yes and Yes. I had the opportunity to sneak in earlier that afternoon to do a sound check and I could feel the energy already. The energy with all the people in it took me to a whole other level. I will never forget that night.
Paul: And what was the energy like when you went up on stage and actually got to perform for our 3,000 GIN brothers and sisters?
Tara: It felt like my type of audience (a universal audience from all walks for life.) Seekers, conscious beings wanting to connect and make a positive difference in the world we live in. It felt like home up there.
Paul: I remember when you shared your story with us in the room, and all of us heard about what your dream was and how you were making it happen right there in front of all of us, the energy / electricity in the room just exploded and people were so EXCITED for you. What did that feel like, being up there on stage?
Tara: It felt like home. It was my sweet spot.
Paul: One of the biggest benefits of being a GIN member, beyond the amazing training of course, is that we get the support of everyone in our GIN family to help us make our dreams come true – whatever those dreams may be. What would you say to someone who is not yet a GIN member, in terms of how important that support has been for you?
Tara: I would say the like-mindedness is something I haven’t experienced before.
Paul: When we saw and heard you sing up there on stage, you looked so comfortable and confident. Would you say that GIN has helped you with building that confidence as well, or did you already have that kind of confidence prior to joining GIN?
Tara: I recently heard this cool concept called the “Do Be Do Be Do” effect. I’ve been doing it and being it for a while. I believe it’s a part of me at this point. And yes, GIN has definitely helped play a role in my confidence on stage. I learn something new every time I get on stage so it’s a never ending experience. Sure I get nervous but as soon as the first note is played, “It’s Show Time!”
Paul: One question or concern that I have had quite a few people share with me, after listening to “Your Wish is Your Command” and while they are considering becoming GIN Members, is that they would love to get more training, but their concern is that they are NOT interested in building a GIN business – meaning, participating in the GIN affiliate program.
I always tell people that GIN is NOT just for people who want to build the GIN affiliate program. In fact, the majority of GIN members join simply for the GIN Member benefits and not the affiliate program/business opportunity because THEIR dreams lie outside of the GIN business.
What would you say to someone who has a dream that has nothing to do with building an affiliate business within GIN?
Tara: Stay true to your path. Follow the path that feels the best. If you decide later you’d like to share the affiliate business with others than share your network. The information, and the people will follow. This information alone will change your life and get you closer to your dream. At the end of the day it’s your choice on what you do with this information.
Paul: Could you share some other ways that the GIN training has helped you to make your dreams come true?
Tara: I found a great community (like mindedness), my relationships with others are a lot more fulfilling, different opportunities, events, and people have continued to fill my cup, and my mind is in much more of a stronger healthy space.
Paul: At the Dream Weekend in Vegas, you were selling your CD album and all the GIN Members had a chance to get it personally signed by you. If my readers here at Paulymath.com would like to purchase a copy of that Album, what is the best place for them to find it?
Tara: Right now they’re selling it in the GIN store but if you’d like to purchase my EP “Listen” you can download it on iTunes or email me at email@example.com and I will send you a personally signed physical CD for $6.99 shipping and tax included. I love corresponding to each individual that supports my art!! Email me.
Paul: And what is the best place for my readers to plug into what you’re up to moving forward? Do you have a website, or Blog they can visit?
Paul: Awesome. Is there anything else that you’d like to share with my readers about GIN, making your dreams come true, or just in general?
Tara: Believe and have faith that you’re dreams will come. Never give up!!! You are co-creating with the Universe. Let go and flow. Send your goals out, give gratitude with a great attitude, take action, be consistent, and watch what happens.
Paul: Great! Well thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. I hope it inspires others to follow their dreams – whatever they may be – as our dreams really can come true!
Tara: Thank you for your time Paul! You asked great questions. You’re Blog is a true inspiration and I appreciate being a part of it. Peace, love, and many blessings to you!!
Paul: Let’s keep in touch and I hope to hear more of your great musical talent in the future!
Tara: We will definitely keep in touch!
One of the great things about being a GIN member is that members pledge to help other members, and the relationships that you build inside the club with like-minded individuals are simply amazing.
Tara is a great example of this.
Here are a couple of videos from her EP “Listen” and a Showtime performance from the Apollo.
If you enjoy Tara’s music, check out her website and as a Paulymath reader if you’d like to get a personally autographed copy of her album, you can purchase one directly from her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we first agreed to do a 4 month challenge, it seemed like such a long period of time – and now we’re already 25% of the way through it!
Progress So Far
Purely speaking from a weight loss results perspective, I haven’t made a lot of progress yet.
As of this morning I weighed in at 212.2 lbs which is only 3.8 lbs less than my starting weight of 216lbs.
If we were to break things down linearly, since we’re 25% of the way through the challenge I should technically have already lost 7.5 lbs in order to be on-pace to losing the 30 lbs I need to lose.
From a non-weight results oriented point of view I feel like I’ve made some good progress.
I’ve been intuitively guided to do some “house cleaning” on my external environment, prior to making dietary and exercise activity changes.
I went through my closet and got rid of about 10-15% of my wardrobe, letting go of clothing I no longer wear.
I went through my bookshelves and put together a box of books that I will be getting rid of.
Yesterday night I spent about four hours cleaning out my exercise room and making it a lot more comfortable for working out. I can now actually get to my treadmill!
A Course in Weight Loss
I have also been reading a really great book which addresses the spiritual and psychological aspects of losing weight permanently.
The book is called “A Course in Weight Loss” and it’s written by Marianne Williamson.
The book teaches 21 spiritual lessons for surrendering your weight forever, and it’s based on lessons taught in the book “A Course in Miracles”.
I’m really enjoying this book and I think it really addresses the real issues surrounding weight loss.
For example, in one of the lessons you get to know, love and accept the “fat you” version of yourself. Instead of trying to push away and hate this part of yourself, which perpetuates it’s existence, we instead accept it and forgive it and love it.
By doing this we end the cycle of self-hatred and allow for real, long term healing to start taking place.
Although I haven’t finished reading all of it yet, or going through all the exercises, just based on what I’ve read so far I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s struggled with weight in their lives.
Yesterday afternoon, seemingly out of nowhere I got this massive urge to clean out our exercise room and get my treadmill ready.
It was as if my intuition was saying “Ok, it’s time now. Let’s get that room cleaned out.” and I was actually all excited about it.
I thought it was rather odd that I would have this urge since I have the PowerPlate machine all setup and I can do my workouts on it if I wanted to, and I could go outside to jog if I wanted to go for a run, but for some reason I just wanted to get that done.
I’m really, really looking forward to jumping on the treadmill and going for a run after I finish this Blog post.
This is drastically different to previous times when I would start exercising because I knew I “had” to in order to lose weight. This time I actually want to do it.
Perhaps it’s some of the PSYCH-K balances I’ve been doing around weight loss, or maybe some of the exercises I’ve been doing from the “A Course in Weight Loss” book I mentioned above. Whatever it is I’ve felt a slight shift around exercising.
Hopefully I still feel this way 5 minutes into my run tonight.
So far I’ve just been making very minor dietary changes in my routine.
More than anything I’ve just been trying to eat less snacks and crap like that.
However, I haven’t felt the call to make dietary changes yet so I’ve still been eating pretty much the same way I was eating before – minus a dessert here or there.
I have a feeling that as soon as I start doing more exercise though, diet will be next.
Unlike my approach of focusing on getting the spiritual and mental side of things figured out first, Tyler started implementing a healthier diet and exercising more right from day one.
Interestingly enough, even though he’s technically had a 30 day head start on me in terms of exercise and healthy eating, he’s only 0.4 lbs ahead of me in terms of weight loss as of this morning.
About a year ago I acquired a secret weapon for producing more effective results online.
It’s an online course that teaches essentially what is now the most effective way to communicate and produce results online in pretty much anything you do.
I haven’t talked about it much because by the time I actually started applying what I learned in this course and started producing results it was no longer available to the general public.
It was sold out.
And I hate telling people about something that could improve their results online when it’s not even available for them anymore.
So I kind of kept quiet about it, only mentioning it to my closest friends and one-on-one mentoring students who specifically asked me about it.
Anyway, I’m not sure what cave I’ve been in during the last few weeks but I just found out that this course is now re-opened to the public once again!
Apparently I totally missed all the emails leading up to the re-opening so I just found out about this right now.
Sorry about that guys, I should have told you sooner.
My Secret Weapon
Alright, so since it is re-opening again and all of you will have a chance to get access to it – I can finally talk about this little secret weapon I’ve been using for the past year or so.
It’s not like I’ve been hiding it or anything. For anyone who reads my Blog, I’ve been blatantly using it for about a year now but I just didn’t explain why.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, my secret weapon is video.
Video is by far the most effective communication method online.
I’ve known this for a few years now, but I had all these excuses as to why I can’t do video.
Some of these excuses included:
- Making videos is too expensive.
- Making videos is too complicated.
- Making videos is way too time intensive.
That was until I was introduced to Andy Jenkins and his online course called The Video Boss last year.
Andy basically destroys these myths / excuses and teaches you exactly how you can leverage online video to supercharge your results online.
There aren’t a lot of courses that I buy into that I feel good enough to promote as an affiliate, but as soon as I started applying what I learned in The Video Boss training last year and saw the results it produces I have been itching to tell everyone about this thing.
As an affiliate marketer I love promoting stuff that’s awesome and that I’ve actually used and applied myself.
Unfortunately, like I mentioned above, the course was closed and unavailable to the public until today.
So, now that they’ve re-opened for a period of time to accept new students I highly recommend you guys check this thing out.
Click on the image below to check out Andy’s hilarious new 3 minute re-opening video.
Since I am promoting this re-launch as an affiliate I want to be fully transparent and say that the results I have produced by using The Video Boss program are not typical.
This is because nothing I do is typical. I’m a weird guy, with a small army of video clones which are even weirder than me (some genetic mutation during the cloning process?), so the results we produce are as far away from typical as you can get.
Having said that, I really think that anyone who actually takes the course, and applies what is taught within can produce results that are much more impressive than what I’ve produced.
I know this because I have only applied about 30% of what’s taught in The Video Boss so far, and even then I haven’t done a great job even doing that.
Since I’m a polymath / scanner, I’m all over the place trying to do 500 things at the same time – dabbling in so many things at the same time as to render most of them largely ineffective. However, even just by dabbling with video I’ve seen a huge response with it.
Here’s a few things I’ve used video to accomplish (starting from scratch!):
- Launched my Paulymath.tv channel on YouTube
- Built a YouTube following of 622 Subscribers and 4,692 Friends
- Produced 62 videos in the last year or so
- My channel has been viewed 9,470 times
- My videos combined have been viewed 85,953 times
- I’ve produced dozens of videos for consulting clients
- and more!
Although there is no way of knowing exactly what was the final deciding factor, I also do know that video played a huge role in helping me win the $5,000 Fitness Town 21 Day Challenge last month as well.
I was the only contestant who was using video in the contest and I think it gave me a huge advantage in promoting the competition, getting votes, and impressing the judges.
What Video Boss Won’t Do For You
The Video Boss training course is the best online marketing training course I bought in the last 5 years. It was worth every penny.
Having said that, there are two downsides to this course.
First of all, buying The Video Boss course is not enough to produce results. You have to also use what is taught inside to actually make some videos.
They don’t have to be great videos, or even good videos. When I first started, my videos were mostly crap. And they still produced results.
In fact, I still think my videos are pretty crappy compared to what some other people are doing, but that doesn’t matter… you know why?
Because even my crappiest videos produce WAY better results than anything else I do online.
This is a SAD fact.
I’m a writer. I’ve written over 600,000 words of text on my Blog over the last 5 years and at the end of the day the sad fact is that my videos are WAY more successful than anything I have written on my Blog.
I wish people actually READ stuff online, but the world has changed.
Nobody READS anymore. In fact if you’re still reading this Blog post, consider yourself an exception.
99% of people already closed this page, clicked the link or just scrolled past this.
Written text is not enough in 2011. You must do video.
The training in The Video Boss will help you to take advantage of video.
But, like I said above it won’t make the videos for you. You have to apply at least some of what’s taught inside to see results, but even if you just do the bare minimum you’ll see results!
That’s what’s cool about video. It produces amazing results very quickly, especially on YouTube.
Secondly though, there is one last thing that The Video Boss won’t do for you.
It won’t overcome your fear / shyness of being on camera.
I won’t lie, when I first even considered starting to do video I was horrified. Being on camera is SCARY AS SHIT!
Maybe for some it isn’t, but for me it was. And judging by what my mentoring students tell me, I’m not the only one.
Overcoming Camera Shyness
Because I was so camera shy when I first started contemplating doing videos, I had to really get creative on how to overcome that.
The cool thing is that I actually found a really simple, but effective process of overcoming camera shyness.
If you watch any of my videos on Paulymath.tv you’ll see that with every video I make I’m getting less and less camera shy.
However, to get to that point you have to start with your first video and if you’re camera shy that can be a big challenge.
Well, I’ve got a solution for that. It’s a process that I go through with people that I taught myself and then tested out on a handful of my mentoring students.
And it works.
So if “Camera Shyness” is something that you’re worried about in terms of making videos, I’ve got a deal for you.
IF you decide that The Video Boss training course is for you, but you’re worried that you are too camera shy to make videos, I will personally coach you through overcoming your video shyness if you purchase the course through my affiliate link.
I know I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself here as The Video Boss training is not even re-opened yet… but I’m just putting that out there as an offer to you as my valued Blog reader.
I want to see more of you using video to make money online and I know for a lot of you, camera shyness is an obstacle so I want to help you overcome that.
Before we even get to that point though, regardless whether you decide to get this course, I highly recommend getting access to this free set of videos Andy has put together here:
This afternoon I finished reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book “The Thank You Economy”.
I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book ever since I heard about it coming out.
I’m a big fan of Gary’s and I loved his previous book – “Crush It!”.
However, after finishing the book I wasn’t as impressed with the book as I hoped. I explain why in today’s episode of The Paulymath Show.
Sennheiser EW112-p G3 Wireless Microphone Unboxing and First Test – The Paulymath Show – Episode #18
Crystal clear sound can make a huge difference in the perceived quality of a video. That’s why I’ve been desperately trying to find a good quality microphone solution for my videos.
I wanted to find a good quality microphone that would work with my Kodak Zi8 as well as my Sony FX1 cameras and that was wireless.
After a lot of research and based on a recommendation from Andy Jenkins (Video Boss), I ended up buying the Sennheiser EW112-p G3 Wireless Microphone System.
In this video I do an unboxing and a quick test of the setup.
Please note that my settings during the test were totally screwed up, so I had to adjust the gain manually in my editing software so the sound you hear at the end of the video is NOT representative of the quality of this microphone. It actually sounds way better than that.
I have since played with it for about 3 hours testing and tweaking all different settings both on the microphone system and on my cameras to capture the best sound possible. I think I have the settings pretty much figured out, but you won’t hear them until the next video.
So the sound test in this video is just an approximation.