Paperclip Strategy

The paperclip strategy for motivation

Paperclip Strategy

The paperclip strategy for motivationHere’s how I used 2 jars and 300 paper clips to get out of a slump and keep me moving ever closer to my goals.

There was once a salesperson who was a no-name with his company. He became the number 1 earner at the company in a short period of time.

When asked how he did it, he said he simply started every day with 120 paper clips in a jar. He moved one paper clip to the other jar after every cold call and he didn’t stop until the jar was empty.

After reading about this strategy, I decided to try it.

I was constantly getting sidetracked with other opportunities to make money doing side jobs. I had money, but I wasn’t making it the way I wanted to.

My ultimate goal was to build a residual income from home using Internet marketing so I would be free to do what I want, when I want to do it, not pick up side gigs around town.

I went to Target and bought a box of 350 paper clips and 2 small jars.

A few days after, I shot this video.

I would move 1 paper clip from one jar to the other for each blog post that I researched, wrote, and promoted according to my Blog Post Check List.

I counted out 300 paper clips from the 350.

Why 300 instead of using 120 like the salesman?

1. I like the movie 300. The Greeks had 300 highly trained soldiers going up against millions of Persians. I want 300 (minimum) well-written, highly search-engine optimized blog posts making me money against the millions of pages of competition that are out there.

2. One thing that I for got to mention in the video is that there’s another hidden benefit to using hundreds of paper clips. Consistency is key when it comes to Internet marketing, especially when SEO is concerned. Setting my goal to 300 ensures I stay on the path even when I’m feeling discouraged, which all marketers will feel at one point or another.

3. It forms a great habit. They say it takes 21 days of repetition to form a habit. It’ll probably take at least a year to write all those articles with the check list’s specifications. Next to healthy habits, money-making habits are some of the best habits to develop. By the time you go through 300 paperclips, you’ll have formed a money-making habit that’ll never be broken.


Under no circumstances are you allowed to quit before the jar is empty!

Actual photo of the paper clip strategyThis strategy has been working wonders for me.

I started out slow. The jars and paper clips were just sitting there for a few days taunting me and collecting dust.

Eventually I got tired of looking at them so I worked on getting the 12 posts that I had already written up to date (according the Blog Post Check List.)

Once I saw those 12 paperclips in the jar, it lit a fire in me. I wanted to move the next one and the next one after that.

At this point, I’m even thinking about adding a 24th step to the check list.

I want to make sure I don’t forget to watch the training videos because the paper clip strategy is working so well that I’ve found myself lagging behind in keeping up with the new training every now and then because my mind is so focused on completing the check list. Keeping up with training is important too.


What you will need:

  • 2 jars (about $2 each)
  • 1 box of paper clips (about $2)

The total was about $8 with tax and it’s a tax deductible business expense.

Download the 2018 Blog Post Checklist

There are 23 action items total. For every blog post, start at the beginning and make sure you complete all action items (it’s okay to skip the action items that don’t have to be on all blog posts).

For each blog post that you complete according to the check lists specifications, move 1 paper clip to the other jar.

Don’t stop until the first jar is empty.


Whatever your goal, use this strategy

I actually found out about this strategy when I was reading an article that was written by a fitness trainer. He was suggesting we apply it to fitness, which I did, but I was more eager to apply it to making money.

This is a method that can and will help you with any goal that you’ve set for yourself.

The key is to determine the actions that are crucial for getting you closer to your goal and apply them to that.

For example, the salesman wanted to make sales so he moved a paper clip every time he made a call regardless of the outcome. He knew his skills would develop as he interacted with prospects, he would get better, and soon the sales would come.

When I decided to do it, I was originally going to apply it to income-producing activities only. Activities like posting to social media, emailing my list, and getting web pages submitted to Google for indexing.

Then I realized my main goal is to excel in getting my sites to rank well on search engines so I could always have a steady supply of new leads coming in instead of chasing my friends and family around, not just make sales.

The keys to making that happen were not just doing IPA. They were to make every post align with Google’s specifications and be consistent doing it. That’s why I chose to include the whole 23-step process instead of just income-producing activities.

If my goal was just to make some sales here and there, yes, IPA would be the only thing moving paper clips from one jar to the next.

What are your goals?So tell me…

…what are your goals?

What mountains are you trying to climb and how can the paperclip strategy help you get there?

What actions are you going to link to the paperclips that will ultimately help you reach your goal?

Leave your answers in the Comment below.

World Ventures Travel Club Review

World Ventures Travel Club Reviews

World Ventures Travel Club Review

Name: World VenturesWorld Ventures Travel Club Review
Price: Initial fee: $129.98 – $399.98 plus a monthly fee: $29.99 – $99.99
Type: Network Marketing
Overall Rank: 8 out of 10


What is World Ventures?

Started in 2005, the World Ventures Travel Club is a travel club that is best known for its use of an MLM system to promote its business.

You pay an enrollment fee and a monthly fee to get discounts on vacation packages, rental cars, plane fare, dining, and other things related to travel and vacationing.

People who want to make money van choose to pay an additional monthly fee to register as a sales affiliate. From there, you can make money by signing new customers and by developing a sales team of recruits like you.


What I Liked about World Ventures

1. There’s a membership fee, but it stays with you

This blew my mind. It was new to me. I’ve never heard of a company doing this before.

World Ventures has a membership fee just like every other network marketing company. The price of the fee depends on the travel package you choose. Typical MLM stuff.

What isn’t typical is that they return all the money that you’ve spent on your membership fee back to you in the form of a credit that you can apply to a dream vacation after 12 months. I’ve seen other companies do that in limited amounts, but never all of it for a whole year.

As I explained earlier, World Ventures has 3 membership levels. Let’s say you’re in at the highest level, which is $100 per month. That would mean you’d have $1200 saved for your vacation after a year. It can be applied towards flight tickets, hotel fees, cruise fares, anything. It’s almost like having a vacation savings account.


2. The business is built around rest and relaxation

Rest and relaxation vacationI like the fact that WV is built around rest and relaxation. That doesn’t mean you won’t have to work hard to make money with it, but to use the products is to pamper yourself with rest.

That’s something that people tend to neglect in this day and age.
I’m guilty of it myself.


3. A product that everyone uses

In keeping with the theme of living a fun lifestyle, World Ventures gets you discounts on fun activities like dining out, which brings up the opportunity to use the Flye card to strike up a conversation about the business.

All of this is theoretical though. Regardless of whether the Flye card becomes a great lead generator, it still helps organize your credit cards. I’ll tell you how when we get to the products.


What I Didn’t Like about World Ventures:

1. It takes to long to see a profit

If I wanted to nitpick, I could complain that it takes a little longer to break even on the membership fee than I would like.

Ideally, you want to break even within 2 sales to wipe out that monthly fee in a hurry. The faster you and your team can start seeing a profit, the less likely you (or they) are to quit.

Attrition is a major problem with MLM. High payouts are a major solution.

2. The commission plan is hard to understand

World Ventures has so many angles to their commission plan that I’m not even going to attempt to explain it. Instead, I’ll just link to it.

Here’s the WorldVentures commission plan for your viewing enjoyment.

I also heard that you don’t start making money until you’ve recruited 30 salespeople and/or customers below you. I’m not so sure I believe that one or why would anyone do it? They probably meant you don’t earn a decent income until it reaches that high, which is almost just as bad.

3. A little bad publicity goes a long way… too long!

World Ventures had a lawsuit filed against them in Cape Town, Africa. In fact, it’s banned there, labeled an illegal pyramid scheme.

It’s not illegal at all, but it’s an uphill battle trying to convince people something’s legit after it’s been branded like that.


Who is World Ventures For?

World Ventures would be a good fit for any of the following:

  • Travelers
  • People who eat out frequently
  • People who know people who travel a lot
  • People who like network marketing


World Ventures Products and Services

The Flye Card

The Flye Card by WorldVenturesThey have a system that takes into account that not everyone is an expert marketer or willing to become one. They have a product called the Flye Card that does a great job of opening doors for conversation, and that conversation revolves around the business.

You know what a smart phone is, right? The Flye card is a smart credit card that allows you to load the information for several credit cards onto one card.

See the image to the right? That section that says VISA is actually a touch screen.

You can load all your credit cards onto the Flye card and swipe until you get to the one that you want to use, all while that little green light is blinking in the background.

Great for organization and starting conversations, but beware. There is a fee to use it.

Personally, I don’t use credit cards unless it’s to invest in something that will make me more money than I lose in interest so I wouldn’t bother with it, but it would be perfect for people who use various credit cards


Dream Trips is the side of the business that deals with the main product, traveling. This is where you go to book your trips, plan trips, and log into your marketplace.


The Dream Trips Market Place is a place to shop. You can use your own money or use credits.


World Ventures Tools & Training

You’ll get plenty of training within World Ventures, but the best training usually comes from the group that you join in.

The person who was trying to recruit me, for example, had a totally separate Facebook group set up and did all the training from there.

There were regular posts informing people of new tips, updates, strategies, etc.


World Ventures Support

Phone supportThis is another place where WV could use some improvement.

Support is only available Monday – Friday from 9:30AM-6PM EST by phone. That can be a headache when you need to talk to a real human being in a hurry. The phone number is

A contact form is available at any time, but keep in mind that no one will answer unless it’s between those hours on those days.

I think a business whose primary customers are working class people should be available on weekends when those people are off work and more likely to need service.


World Ventures Price

What you get with a Basic membership

$129.98 initial fee + $29.99 per month.

  • Access to 5000+ Dream Trips


What you get with a Gold membership

$254.98 initial fee + $54.99 per month

  • All Basic benefits
  • 24/7 concierge
  • Dining discounts
  • Entertainment discounts
  • DreamTrips online shopping
  • DreamTrips rewards
  • Eligible for the Flye card


What you get with a Platinum membership

$399.98 initial fee + $99.99 per month

  • Everything from the first 2
  • Telemedicine
  • Roadside assistance
  • Emergency evacuation – (might actually come in handy these days)


My Final Opinion of World Ventures

World Ventures is a solid business opportunity. The Flye card blew my mind the first time I saw it and it had me ready to sign up.

I thought it over and decided against it, but I think it would still be a great conversation starter for people who have trouble pitching the company to people they don’t know.

World Ventures gets my thumb of approval. It’s legit.

FINAL RATING: 8 out of 10

Important Side Note:

You’re a smart person.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I am not promoting Word Ventures even after I was willing to give it 8 out of 10 and spok so highly of it.

That would be because of another business.

It’s a business that I gave a perfect rating to.

It’s called Wealthy Affiliate.

It is the one and only business to ever earn a perfect rating on this site because it’s the one and only business that I couldn’t think of anything negative to say about.

Both are great opportunities in their own way, but Wealthy Affiliate has features and a system that will appeal to more people than any system I’ve seen used by a Word Ventures group.

Plus Wealthy Affiliate has an option to try it for free. Even if you’re a paid member, it only takes 2 people to break even. It takes 4 with World Ventures.

We also have to take into consideration that if you’re busy building a business, you might not have time for the fun filled product line of WV.

Any truthful entrepreneur will tell you fun is one of the first things you sacrifice when you’re building a business. Let’s be honest here. You’ll be working a lot, especially in the beginning. You might not get to enjoy those tax-deductable business trips until farther down the line.

Finally, if you join World Ventures, your prospects will want to research it before joining. WV had a lawsuit filed against it in Cape Town, Africa.

It has a mediocre BBB rating of only 3.5 in the USA.

Good luck convincing people to join after they find out about that stuff.

A better route to go would be my #1 Recommendation.

What is CryptoX3?

What is CryptoX3

What is CryptoX3?

Name: CryptoX3What is CryptoX3

Price: $25-200
Type: Crowdfunding / Affiliate Program
Overall Rank: 6 out of 10

What is CryptoX3?

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people.

CryptoX3 is a crowdfunding program that accepts three crypto currencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin – as payment.

The way it works is you invest $25-200 worth of these crypto currencies.

Robert Q Cash (Robert Matias)The owner, whose name is Robert Matias, aka Robert Q Cash, invests your crypto currency, which usually turns into a good profit for him.

After 15 or 30 days, you get your initial investment back plus the agreed upon interest rate, which is currently up to 300%.

CryptoX3 used to be called BitcoinX4 because they only accepted Bitcoin and your initial investment was multiplied by four once you cycled through the time period.

CryptoX3 also has an affiliate program. The affiliate program is a good way to earn additional commissions by referring new members to the crowdfunding program.

All commissions are paid in crypto currency, not cash.


What I Liked about CryptoX3:

1. No recruiting or sales

You don’t have to recruit unless you want to, although I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to earn extra income just for telling people they can make easy money by putting $25 worth of crypto-currency in an account and wait 30 days.

Regardless, it’s not a requirement so people who aren’t good with sales can see a profit in their first month.

2. The affiliate program is awesome

I like the concept of blending a crowdfunding program with an affiliate program. If you refer people to the site, CryptoX3 becomes CryptoX5, meaning you get up to 5 times the initial investment back.


What I Didn’t Like about CryptoX3:

1. I don’t trust the owner as far as I can throw him

I wrote a separate review about Robert Matias, the owner of CryptoX3, because the way I feel about the business is not the same as the way I feel about the owner. As much as I like CryptoX3, if you’re thinking about joining it, I’d recommend you read that review first so you know who you’re dealing with.

The only reason CryptoX3 got an average rating was because of the owner so I suggest you take the time to read that review before you join. The same business under different leadership would’ve gotten a better ranking.

2. It’s legit, but technically illegal

CryptoX3 is legit, but the way they advertise is technically illegal because you’re legally not allowed to make guarantees of income in the United States and Canada. There’s a disclaimer at the bottom of the website to help comply with this law, but the way their content is worded still makes it sound like a guarantee.

A company called Usi Tech was shut down in the USA and Canada because a few of its members were making guarantees in their advertising.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens to CryptoX3 eventually. Robert Matias knows it’s a possibility, which is probably why he’s instructed all of his members to have a quick way to transfer their money out if things go bad for whatever reason, which I think is very smart of him.

Having an exit strategy is always a great idea. It could be problems with the IRS or maybe the value of crypto currency could drop. It’s best to be prepared for scenarios.

3. Why all the name changes?

First it was BitcoinX4.

Then it was CryptoX3.

I went to the site to do an update on this review. It looked like there was another version of the business that was about to launch, once again.

Why keep changing the name?


Who is CryptoX3 For?

Anyone can benefit from a crowdfunding program, but it’s especially beneficial for these people:

  • People who want to make money without recruiting
  • People who need to multiply their money within 15-30 days
  • People who are tired of MLM / network marketing
  • People interested in multiplying the crypto currency that they already have
  • Anyone looking for a passive way to make money from home
  • It’s a dream come true for introverts and shy people


CryptoX3 Membership Levels and Price

Here’s how it breaks down:

Bitcoin and money

You can make an initial investment of $25, $50, $100, or $200.

You can choose to withdraw your cash in 15 days for a lesser payout. If you have not referred anyone to the program and you withdraw in 15 days, your payout is 120% of the initial investment.

If you refer 3-5 people, your payout is 200%.

If you refer 6-8 people, your payout is 300%.

If you refer 9 or more, your payout is 360%.

The next option is to wait an additional 15 days to get full payouts. If you wait a complete 30 days and refer no one to the program, your payout is 200% instead of 120%.

If you refer 3-5 people, your payout is 300% instead of 200%.

Refer 6-8 people and your payout is 400% instead of 300%.

And refer 9 or more people and get 500% of the initial investment back instead of the 360% that you would have gotten for 15 days.

These number are for $25 investments only. They change as the investment goes up.


CryptoX3 Tools & Training

Training is done via the website. Most marketing is done with social media. None of it is hard, but it does require action on your part and a lot of consistency. I didn’t see anything that I thought required any strong learning for the affiliate program or the crowdfunding program.


CryptoX3 Support

Support is done through Facebook groups. Up to 250 people are in each group. Each group is moderated by admins that used to be called Knights, but now they call them Group Admins.

Admins are pretty good about getting back to members when they have issues, but I have heard numerous complaints about Admins getting rude in private chat with the members. I can’t verify it, of course, so don’t assume it’s true, but that’s what I’ve heard from several members.

I never had that issue because I joined under a family member who was also an admin. When I had questions or concerns, I just asked her.

Group admins are only there to help with anything not related to money. Robert Matias handles anything that deals with fulfilling payouts. He’s the only one handling money issues so sometimes it takes a few extra days to get paid when it’s your turn to get paid. I guess the man has some trust issues.

Either way, it might take a little longer than what’s advertised, but he will pay you eventually… assuming you don’t make him mad.


My Final Opinion of CryptoX3

I think the concept of CryptoX3 is awesome. The fact that someone with no sales experience and as little as $25 can be making money within 15 days is great. I love it. The only thing I don’t like about CryptoX3 is the person who’s running the program.

Actually, I shouldn’t say that I don’t like him. I’ve never met Robert Matias and I’ve only talked to him briefly on a Facebook chat. From what I see of him, he seems to be a smart individual and a hard worker, but he lets his emotions influence his business decisions.

Is it smart to trust a hot head with your cash?

The same business in the hands of better leadership would have gotten ratings off the charts.

I think crowdfunding crypto currency is an excellent idea, but there are many programs similar to CryptoX3 that will pay you on time and you won’t have to argue with the owner to get paid. Doesn’t that sound nice?

For that reason, I would not recommend joining CryptoX3. A better choice would be 20 to Infinity if you’re looking to multiply your crypto currency. I haven’t heard any complaints about them and it only costs $20 to join.


If you insist on joining CryptoX3 anyway…

I understand that some people might still want to join CryptoX3 anyway because maybe you don’t believe anything I said. Maybe you think Robert Matias was justified in his actions. Whatever the case, if you still want to join, that’s fine with me, but here’s a little advice on maximizing your profits.

I’d recommend you stick to the lower priced membership levels. Don’t even bother with any membership over $50.

As I said before, membership levels are $25, $50, $100, and $200. The $25 level can pay out as much as 5 times what you put into it. The $200 level only pays out up to 3.5 times.

That means you’re not making as much money buying a $200 membership as you would make buying eight $25 memberships or four $50 memberships.

Stick to small packages and buy multiple memberships if you want to go big, don’t bother going over $50 as far as membership levels go.

FINAL RATING: 6 out of 10

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