Saves the Hearts of People

September 1st, 2009

My Friend, Shelby Collinge, insists that Wonder Woman “Saves the hearts of people”.

A quick google search shows that no one, ever, on the entire internet, has used, “saves the hearts of people” in that exact order…until now.

Donna Fox Saves The Hearts of People

Donna Fox Saves The Hearts of People

Leave it to Shelby to find the only unused phrase on the internet :)

JV Partner Theme Song

August 21st, 2009

Listening to my shuffled playlist today, I heard a song from the 80′s that I think would make a good JV Partner Theme song.  It’s Pet Shop Boys “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”

JV Partner Theme SongHere’s the song (opens in a new window)

and the lyrics… whaddaya think?

Pet Shop Boys “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”

I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks
Let’s make lots of money
You’ve got the brawn, I’ve got the brains
Let’s make lots of -

I’ve had enough of scheming and messing around with jerks
My car is parked outside, I’m afraid it doesn’t work
I’m looking for a partner, someone who gets things fixed
Ask yourself this question: Do you want to be rich?

I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks
Let’s make lots of money
You’ve got the brawn, I’ve got the brains
Let’s make lots of money

You can tell I’m educated, I studied at the Sorbonne
Doctored in mathematics, I could have been a don
I can program a computer, choose the perfect time
If you’ve got the inclination, I have got the crime

Oh, there’s a lot of opportunities
If you know when to take them, you know?
There’s a lot of opportunities
If there aren’t, you can make them
Make or break them

I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks
Let’s make lots of money
Let’s make lots of -
(Aahhhhh) Money
(Aahhhhh – Di du da di da bu di ba)

You can see I’m single-minded, I know what I could be
How’d you feel about it, come and take a walk with me?
I’m looking for a partner, regardless of expense
Think about it seriously, you know, it makes sense

Let’s (Got the brains)
Make (Got the looks)
Let’s make lots of money (Oohh money)
(Let’s) You’ve got the brawn
(Make) I’ve got the brains
Let’s make lots of money (Oohh money)

I’ve got the brains (Got the brains)
You’ve got the looks (Got the looks)
Let’s make lots of money (Oohh money)

16 Random Things

December 29th, 2008

16 Random Things About Donna Fox

Before I go into my random things, here’s why I’m doing it! My Friend Dr. Letitia Wright tagged me.  Here are the directions.

Once tagged, you should blog about 16 random facts, habits or goals about you.  At the end, choose the people you want to be tagged, listing their names and maybe even why you tagged them.

1. I was a charm school teacher.  At the age of 14 I taught businessmen diction by using Dr. Seuss stories.  I also taught little babies how to pose for the camera, and girls how to walk on a runway.  Yes, I can still walk with a book on my head.

2. Fox is my ex-husband’s name.  I was born Donna Louise Cuneo.  In 1993 I married Brian Fox.  Brian and I officially divorced in 2001, but I kept the name.  I was used to it, and it’s cool.  Brian and I are still very good friends.

3. I can almost play five instruments.  In the order I learned them: piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele.  I use the terms “play” and “learned”  loosely, I pretty much suck at all of them.

4. I collect Wonder Woman comic books, and other select Wonder Woman things.  Diana is my favorite female name.  Also Linda (for Linda Carter, of course!)

5. I like to eat the last bite of things.  If I’m sharing food with someone, I must have the last bite.  More specifically, I must know when I’m taking a bite that it’s my last, so it can be properly savored.  All people I share food with on a regular basis know that I have a right of first refusal on the last bite of things.

6. I’m shy, and I really, really hate talking on the phone.  Text me please, or instant message.

7. I love cooking for just myself.  I can eat meals exactly the way I want them, as much or as little as I want, as healthy or nutritionally void, as ordinary or as decadent.  Cooking for one is the penultimate act of self-love.

8. I set new goals every 100 days.  Some of them find their way back to the list each time because I haven’t accomplished them yet (like riding an elephant).  Some return every time because it’s a good idea (like eating a new food I’ve never had).  I don’t reach all 90 goals, but because of my list I find myself doing things simply because they are goals.

9. I think the sexiest thing about someone is their natural smell, the one that comes out of their nose when they breathe.  The right smell out of someone’s breath makes me swoon.  The only other thing that does that is a deep sexy voice behind my right ear :) .  I so strongly believe in the power of these nose pheromones that if I don’t like them, you don’t get a second date.

10. I’ve always wanted to be exotic, graceful, mysterious, complex and a great dancer.  I never will be any of these.

11. I took a communal bath fully naked in Istanbul.  A large woman with a sandpaper mitt scrubbed me clean, washed my hair, and threw bowls full of cold water on me to rinse me off. It was probably the most anti-erotic experience I’ve had while naked.

12. I was a hair model.  I would go to hair stylist industry events, let them style my hair, then walk the catwalk.  I did a variety of runway and print modeling as a teenager.

13. I have a standing offer for a job as a hypnotist’s assistant.  I once performed the gig with my friend Dr. Scott Lewis when he performed at Big Seminar.  I guess he was happy, because he said I can always come help him out at his show at the Riviera. I have on several occasions.

14. I fall in love every day.  I fall in love VERY easily.  I’ve always believed my gift to the world is how easy it is for me to love.  I used to have a button on my jeans jacket in high school (oh yes, I’m a child of the 80′s).  It read “I love everyone and you’re next.”

15. I’ve recently been disbarred.  I knew it would happen eventually.  I gave up the practice of law in 2001 to become an entrepreneur.  a couple of years later I had to renew my license and take continuing education.  I decided not to because I wanted the universe to know I wasn’t planning on quitting.  When it comes to my business, failure is not an option.  There is no plan B

16. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Ok, now consider yourself tagged!  Please link to your post in my comment section.  I wanna know 16 Random Things about you!!

Seven Reasons to Blog

December 22nd, 2008

As a condition of her employment my assistant is required to ask me a question each day about the business.  Here was her question today:

"So do you just blog on One website or is it several, and that’s really just for the publicity…correct?"

Which gave me the opportunity to tell her about all the reasons why I blog, and I came up with seven of them.

1. To leverage a connection socially and personally with my family, friends, customers, clients, readers, followers (that word always makes me feel like a cult leader), fans, and anyone else who bothers to stop by.  This is what I do on this blog you’re reading now, which is a mix of me personally and professionally (but mostly professionally).

2. to have a website to post long messages for promotions, so we only send a short email to our list members.  You can see an example of this on my "corporate" site By Special Arrangements.

3. to promote affiliate products.  What better way to recommend a product you like than with a blog post? Then anytime in the future someone has a need you can send them to the post that includes not only your reasons for recommending it, but an affiliate link so you can make money too.  See an example I did on this blog for Roboform

4. To get advertizing income.  I have a number of blogs where the purpose of them is to generate revenue from adsense and banner ads.

5. To make something a tax deduction.  When I blog about video games it makes my video game purchases, rentals, consoles, xbox live membership, magazine subscriptions and gamecard memberships all tax deductible.  (at least that’s true when I combine this strategy with an income generating one like #3 and #4.)

6. For publicity.  I’m using a blog at Why She Buys to establish my expertise at marketing to women.

7. For search engine love.  When you blog frequently with relevant keywords you get ranked higher in the search engines because your website is seen as an authority on a topic.  See my Credit Millionaire blog where I’m using weekly autoposting to make sure my blog posts are published regularly.

Oh, and here’s another one, so I guess i have eight.  To poll your audience and get opinions and ideas on a topic.  So I ask you, dear readers… why do YOU blog?


How To Be A Better Person

December 16th, 2008

I’m in the process of cleaning the clutter, in my physical space, my digital space, and more importantly, in my mental space.  I’m taking two hours each day to clean some of the mess.  Today, I’m cleaning off my “Miscellaneous” folder on my computer.

Incidentally, never, never, never have a miscellaneous folder.  It just causes nightmares in the future… it’s a bad time/stuff management habit.

Anyway, while clearing out this folder I found a poem that I was keeping for inspiration.  It touched me today, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Anyway (By Kent M. Keith).

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self- centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

Oh Donna | The Donna Fox and Ritchie Valens Connection

September 21st, 2008

“I had a girl, Donna was her name”

If I had a dollar for every guy who sang that to me thinking they were the first guy ever to do so, I’d be set on Starbuck’s lattes for a year.  Ok, a week.  Alright, I could get one tall latte (have you seen how expensive these things have gotten?)

What I didn’t know until a few months ago, was the close connection I had to the hit Ritchie Valens song.

Ritchie Valens of course wrote the song “Donna” for his high school sweetheart, Donna Ludwig.  The song hit the billboard top 10 just eight months before Valens died far too young in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.  Don McLean called this “The Day The Music Died” since Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper were also on board that plane.

So, where’s the connection to me and the song?  Let’s move further in the lyrics…

I had a girl
Donna was her name
Since she left me
I’ve never been the same
‘Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be”

Where can you be indeed, Donna Ludwig?

Well, turns out Donna Ludwig got married (those of you who immediately got the connection with Buddy Holly and Peggy Sue got married get extra pop culture points).

Thing is, she married someone by the last name of Fox, becoming, of course, Donna Fox!

This explains why when you do a Google Search, even though I dominate the search engine results for searches for Donna Fox, you’ll often get a related or suggested search from Google for “Donna Ludwig” 

Donna Fox Ludwig Ritchie Valens search

See the woman cut off on the lower left hand side of the search?  Well, that’s none of than Donna Ludwig Fox, the inspiration for Ritchie’s Song.

So where is she now?  She’s a well respected member of her Sacramento, California community, a grandmother, and branch manager of her real estate office. 

Apparently she still makes appearances for Valens-related charity events.

Here’s a YouTube interview of her from what seems like some time ago
Donna Ludwig Fox

She looks like a lovely woman, and I hope to meet her someday.

After all, she’s a Foxy Donna Fox like me!

Click here to see where Oh Donna (Ludwig) Fox is now…


Accountability is the Key to Success

August 4th, 2008

On July 31st I publically declared August as Product Creation Month on Twitter.  Within minutes I had dozens of people on board joining me in massive product creation for themselves, and supporting my efforts as well.

So I moved into massive action, and on August 2nd I “tweeted” another single message that was responsible for an interesting chain of events.  I talked about how I’d gotten more done on that Saturday morning than I had on most weekdays.  This inspired a conversation with @MattDetrick which resulted in him interviewing me the next day on my thoughts on focus and time management.

You can listen to the entire replay here.  I recommend you download the MP3 (right click and Save-Link-As)  and listen to it while working out, doing the dishes, anyway you can multitask while consumming the info.  It’s a good call.  I talk about the little tips and tricks I’ve developed over the years to be at my most productive.  I discuss how time management is a myth, it’s all about time prioritization and time respect.

I even discuss my weakness, how I treat appointments and obligations to others more highly that the promises I make to myself.  Good stuff.

But perhaps the one topic I covered that the most people said, “what was that, did you catch that?” was my accountability system.

I have an accountability partner, Richelo Killian, that I’ve been meeting with for over two years.  And before that there was another one, and one before her too!  Richelo and I speak almost every day, and often the conversation doesn’t last more than 5-7 minutes.  We keep it up because it works.  We provide encouragement and enthusiasm for each other.  We celebrate victories.  We sympathize defeats.  We were mostly strangers when we started the process, now I consider him one of my closest friends.

I’ve developed a system for accountability that I’ve taught to my private coaching students because it works.  It’s a 5-question script that provides structure for the process, but contains quite a bit of psychological impact worked into it.  Here are the 5 questions:

1. We are getting together this morning (or noon, or evening) because we are both committed to surpassing our goals.  Your goal is (insert their goal).  Is that still your goal today?

2. Yesterday, you said you were going to further your goal by (insert specific action step your partner reported yesterday). Did you accomplish that goal?

3. How did (accomplishing the action step / failing to complete your action step) make you feel?

4. What are you going to do today that will further your goal of (insert goal)?

5. How will you feel when you complete that action step?

That’s it!  It takes only 5 minutes to go through two people’s goals, it’s a simple addition to the day of even the busiest people.  Yet 5 minutes a day has been responsible for me hitting and exceeding more goals then I ever did before I invented this process.

Now go find a partner and together achieve more!

Donna Fox

…Any questions?

Affiliate Marketing | Who’s teaching this strategy?

July 8th, 2008

I’ve received three such requests this week. What idiot affiliate marketing guru is teaching this strategy?

Following is a fictional conversation that’s based on those three phone calls:

Donna Fox: Hello?

Clueless Caller: Hi Donna, I was calling to see if you’d be willing to be interviewed on your topic of (insert credit or marketing to women, and in one case, “whatever you’d like to talk about”) to my list?

Donna Fox: Yes, that would be lovely. What are you thinking

Clueless Caller: I’d sign up as an affiliate to promote your product, it would be great if you’d give something for free too, and we’ll record the call so I can sell the recording and transcripts. I’m just getting started, and I have a small list, only 150 peeps or so, so to really get a lot of people on the call you can mail your list for the

Donna Fox: (interrupting) You mean you want me to send MY list, to a call where the content is provided by ME, and you’ll get an affiliate commission?

Clueless Caller: Well, yes, how else do I build a list?

One of these day’s I’m going to get down and write an ebook. I’m going to give it away for absolutely free as my gift to the world of internet marketing. It’s either going to be called:

Donna Fox’s Rules of JV Engagement


Donna Fox’s Rules of JV Etiquette

It will of course cover how JV relationships should work, with an emphasis on fairness, thinking of others, and on creating relationships that secure a second JV opportunity, instead of looking for just the first one. In other words, how to treat JV partners like a relationship, not a transaction.

So, which title should I use? Seem like the first, rules of engagement, is very male centered, and the second, Rules of Etiquette, very female. Maybe there’s a marketing to women test and lesson here as well.

Dear readers, I’m starting the research now. I’d love it if you’d comment and:
1) vote on which title you prefer
2) Tell me your worst “clueless” JV story

2008 Goal Setting and Attaining

July 1st, 2008

So the year is half over.  Statistically, virtually none of us are still doing our New Year’s resolutions.  Many of us have completely abandoned any goals we set for ourselves… and maybe it’s a good thing.

I was at an event a couple of weeks ago and I met someone whose name I don’t recall (and either didn’t get, or threw out his business card).  He said one thing thought that stuck and I did take with me.

He said that most people fail to meet their goals… and similarly fail to meet their potential, because they are too close to their own business.  And when you’re too close to something, you really can’t see it.  Often people who are outside of us see our potential much more clearly that we do.  They have a view of us at our best, without the negative self talk that so many people experience.

He suggested asking others, trusted friends, to set their goals for them.

So I’ve been working on doing just that.  I’ve asked a few people I know, love and trust to set short term goals on my behalf for the end of this year.  Here’s what I’ve observed.  When asking about short term goals, most of my friends focused their goal setting on their area of expertise.  (so bloggers talked about blogging more, adsense peeps talked about increasing sites, adwords about new campaigns)… or they talked about their business hotbutton platform (outsourcing, firing bad clients).

Some friends were even self serving and set goals for me to help THEM :) Which of course, I’m happy to do.  My friends are cool like that.  If they ask me to do something, it’s usually mutually beneficial.

So now I thought I’d ask a larger audience.

What should my short term (end of 2008) goals be?
My intention is to complete every genuine goal someone gives me.

While you’re at it, what do you think my 5 year goals should be?

Credit Millionaire Marathon

May 16th, 2008

We’ve just announced a new credit millionaire marathon.

I’ve put on this event a number of times over the last few years.

This time, it’s different. For the first time ever, we’re bringing the event to your home.

Find out more here Donna Fox Liveкомпютри