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Updated: October 20th, 2019 Finding the best gifts for diabetics is tough. My father is diabetic, so I know all too well that diabetes can be one of the greatest pain points in someone’s life.
However, I also know that giving an excellent gift to someone with diabetes can really brighten up a person’s life.
After spending hours researching awesome gifts for people with diabetes, I figured I’d help others who need to find great diabetic gifts for the year 2020…
Because people with diabetes often have issues with their feet, giving a diabetic a nice pair of slippers is a really easy and convenient gift for a few reasons:
For excellent unisex slippers, I recommend Haflinger slippers, as they’re extremely comfortable, and offer both soft sole and hard sole options as well.
Haflinger slippers are the type of high-quality slippers that will last for years, while still keeping your feet feeling great.
Music is one of the best forms of relief for people with diabetes, because a good song can temporarily reduce the everyday pains and stresses of life.
But, to truly enjoy music, having a great pair of headphones enables diabetics to listen to music in an entirely new way.
I recommend the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones as a top-of-the-line pair of headphones which sell for a relatively bargain price. These headphones are 100% amazing.
Tom & Jenny’s is a diabetic-friendly company, because their candy is naturally sugar free.
Their candies are made with xylitol and maltitol, and taste really great too.
For people with diabetes, I recommend Tom & Jenny’s Sugar Free Chocolate Soft Caramels as the ultimate candy.
These caramels are also entirely free of artificial ingredients, so they’re relatively healthy – as far as candy goes.
Let’s be honest.
Giving a regular fruit basket as a gift just isn’t that exciting.
But, an organic dried fruit basket is pretty exciting and delicious.
This organic dried fruit basket from Give It Gourmet is healthy, fun and appropriate for giving as a small gift to a diabetic.
Eddie Bauer Throw Blankets are one of those gifts that just about anyone will automatically love.
Especially people with diabetes who enjoy kicking back and taking it easy.
I mean, just about everyone loves a good nap on the couch once in a while.
Plus, when you snuggle in with a big, cozy throw blanket, it’s almost too easy to fall asleep.
Many people with diabetes are at risk of developing foot ulcers and similar foot injuries.
This tends to happen because diabetes can lead to nerve damage, which often translates to issues with feet.
However, wearing medical grade, loose-fitting socks can help diabetics protect their feet against cuts, swelling, infections and similar problems. In other words, when a diabetic wears special-made diabetic socks, they’re guarding their feet with a “line of defense” that helps to prevent further issues from taking place.
But, it’s extremely important to give the diabetic in your life a quality pair of diabetic socks – if you truly want to help them out.
I recommend the Dr. Scholl’s Men’s 2-Pack Diabetic Socks, which is a medical grade brand of socks that genuinely helps diabetics who suffer from foot pain.
Tablets are so unbelievably convenient because they’re larger than your average smartphone, but smaller than a full-blown laptop.
In other words, they’re great for lounging around on the couch, hanging out in bed, or storing in a backpack or purse.
I’m a huge fan of the ASUS ZenPad Tablet because it’s a quick, reliable and high-quality piece of technology that people love. Plus, the price is just right for the benefits that you get with this model.
Have you noticed a theme in this article yet?
Diabetics tend to love gifts that keep them comfortable.
The Cozy Sack 6-Feet Bean Bag Chair is a massive chair that feels unbelievably awesome to sit in.
It’s ideal for sinking into while watching movies, enjoying a glass of wine, or just hanging out.
Oh, and it’s also worth noting that Cozy Sack has an entire lineup of bean bag chairs that can accommodate all tastes and budgets.
Let’s take a sharp turn away from the “relaxed” theme of this article for just a moment.
Because, this gift is for the diabetic who also likes to go on adventures.
Tom Bihn backpacks are phenomenal for traveling, hiking, exploring or just going to the gym.
Gifting someone a Tom Bihn backpack could encourage them to become more healthy and active.
This may even lead to an improvement in one’s health. You never know what can happen!
It’s crucial for people with diabetes to drink a lot of water.
And, having a water bottle that’s truly high-quality is absolutely underappreciated until you actually try one out for yourself.
Luckily, this Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and leak-proof.
It also makes drinking water so much more enjoyable.
The diabetic in your life will love this bottle.
I hope this guide has helped you discover some amazing gifts for the person with diabetes in your life.
I’ve personally gifted many of the items on this list – so I know just how great it feels to give someone with diabetes an exciting gift.
And, whether you want to spoil your diabetic with headphones, slippers, or delicious food – they will truly enjoy the gesture, and appreciate you forever. Happy gifting.
Last updated: October 20th, 2019 I just finished reading a book that can change the outcome of your personal life, business endeavors, and future happiness in a matter of months.
The book I’m referring to is called Book The Business: How To Make BIG MONEY With Your Book Without Even Selling A Single Copy. The book is written by Adam Witty and Dan Kennedy.
Let me quickly explain the core concepts of the book, so that you can decide whether Book The Business will be worth purchasing and applying to your own life.
But, I’m willing to bet that this book will have a major impact on you.
Alright, here we go…
Book The Business is best summarized by a few lines of text hidden towards the very end of the book.
Remember, it really isn’t about marketing your book, but rather, how you use your book to do your marketing. Incorporate your book into your marketing system, and you’ll reap the rewards. Book the Business is a marathon, not a sprint.
– Adam Witty
If that quote resonates with you, great.
If the idea doesn’t make total sense just yet, then you should know that the vast majority of published authors don’t make their full-time living off of book sales.
Books are incredibly hard to sell, far more so than pitching professional services, retail products, food, or anything else that’s relatively easy for people to consume.
Most authors actually make their living off of speaking fees, consulting, coaching sessions, freelance work, investments, and ‘side businesses’ that their fans will never see or even hear about.
But, while books are challenging to sell, the authority, celebrity and social status that comes with writing a book can completely change your life.
The best part of this is that anyone can write a book in a matter of months. I estimate that anyone can write a good book about a topic that they’re familiar with in about 120 days, or even much less time than that.
While I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone who’s going to read it, I will mention some of my favorite highlights from Book the Business.
1. Anyone can become a ‘celebrity’ in a very short amount of time
Straight off the back cover of the book, you get one of the biggest game-changers for your business free of charge:
Casting yourself in the role of a published author can foster authority, credibility, believability and even celebrity like nothing else. Being introduced as a book author (not a salesman) and introducing yourself with a book (not a brochure) creates interest in place of resistance.
Why didn’t I realize this sooner? It should’ve been obvious…
Just think about it:
When you’re approached by a salesman, you already feel downright apprehensive about chatting with that person. You know that they want to sell you a product. This makes most people uncomfortable.
But, when you’re approached by a book author, there are no ‘salesy’ vibes involved. Even though a book author may have a number of products to sell you, you don’t feel as if they do.
This was the most important realization of the book for me. Of course, the book goes much more in-depth about how positioning yourself as an author or authority figure can help you enhance whatever your ‘thing’ may be.
Whether you’re a fitness instructor, public relations professional, corporate warrior or whatever, writing a book can help you get speaking gigs, big-name partnerships, and millions of dollars over the course of your career.
2. Your book is a better ‘lead magnet’ than retail product
One of the major takeaways of Book the Business is that your book is a sales tool, but probably not the main product you should be selling.
While there are some authors that do very well for themselves, earning $100,000+ in monthly income, this is becoming more rare, and usually restricted to genres like romance and other works of fiction.
You have much better odds of leveraging a book as a part of your ‘sales funnel’ in order to establish yourself as an authority in your industry, and sell other products at a much higher margin.
Books are such a low-margin product that it’s really difficult to make a full-time living as a full-time author. But, when you sell professional services or consumer goods for a living, and you use a book to create a celebrity aura around your brand, that’s when you can really make some magic happen for your business.
3. Publishing a book is easy
You can write your book using Microsoft Word, format it, upload it to Amazon in Kindle format, and have your very own product available for sale in just a matter of days.
There are plenty of free books available that can help you format your book to be purchased by Kindle readers.
I do recommend hiring a professional editor to edit your book. If you self-publish, you want to make sure that you have a professional, error-free product.
CreateSpace is another great service from Amazon that makes it easy for anyone to self-publish a physical book.
Overall, there’s no reason why you can’t create your own book, hire someone to design a cover, and have your book ready to go in a matter of months. It’s become a really easy process.
Overall, this is one of those life-changing books that you don’t come across too often.
While I feel like some of the information found in this book may be obvious to people who work in the publishing industry, I personally wasn’t as familiar with the “hidden side” of modern-day publishing.
If you want to accomplish great things in your industry, this product clearly defines the reasons why you need to have your own book.
Book The Business: How To Make BIG MONEY With Your Book Without Even Selling A Single Copy is a book that I highly-recommend.
It will expose you to brand new ideas, change the course of your business, and even your life.
Last updated: October 20th, 2019 This article is my review of Ben Settle’s book titled Persuasion Secrets of The World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains. By reading this article, you will learn the genuine secrets that powerful people use to build successful businesses, have amazing relationships, and live life on their terms. In other words, you will learn how to be persuasive.
Running a wellness website feels a lot like running a self-help business on steroids. Wellness is even better than self-help, because this industry is a lot broader than self-help, and hasn’t been infiltrated by too many salespeople just yet (I think).
The wellness industry is what enables me to recommend all kinds of habits, supplements, foods, books and products that add value to your life. I just share publicly whatever works for me.
That’s why today, I’m reviewing one of Ben Settle’s latest books called Persuasion Secrets of the World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains.
At first, this book might appear to be totally unrelated to the wellness industry. But in reality, this is a super short & life-changing book that reveals the hardcore truths about what it takes to live really, really well.
Ben Settle is the author of Persuasion Secrets of the World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains and plenty of other books. He’s a world-class email marketer and human being in general, from what I can tell.
If you sign-up for his email list, he’ll bombard you with awesome emails that you probably won’t be able to resist reading.
The main thing to keep in mind is that this guy speaks the truth, which is the #1 characteristic that I look for in any author before reading/recommending their material.
As Nassim Taleb recently said on Twitter, “I can’t stand impostors.”
The central ideas in Persuasion Secrets will cause you to nod your head in agreement, or feel disgusted with how you’ve been living your life.
But most importantly, after reading Settle’s book, you’ll feel empowered to live a life that’s in alignment with your true wants and needs.
You feelin’ me?
To help you understand what I mean – check out the following list of 6 key takeaways that I absorbed from the book.
1. Villains are the rare guys and girls who demand the most out of life
I have to admit that the title of this book originally made me wonder if there were some dark underworld tricks I was missing out on.
But, this book actually revolves around a positive theme that most people already understand on subconscious level, and very rarely act on.
Ben Settle makes it clear that villains are just people who go out and do whatever it takes to get what they truly want out of life.
To become a good villain, you have to ruthlessly cut out time wasters, manipulators and negative forces from your life.
You’ll have to ‘selfishly’ pay yourself first.
And, you’ll definitely have to ignore haters (or better yet, use their negative energy as fuel for your fire).
That’s the level of commitment that it takes to become a true villain.
Whether your goal is to live by the beach, have more meaningful relationships, or be a boss at your company – becoming a villain is more about prioritizing your own needs, and less about using any sort of shadowy tactics.
2. Personal freedom is power
To Ben Settle, freedom is power.
I completely agree with this mental model of the world.
There are thousands of marketers out there who want you to believe that power is about driving a Lamborghini, living in a mansion, and having millions of followers on Instagram.
This is probably the exact opposite of what a proper villain would believe.
True power is the power that you have over your own life. For example:
Everyone has a different version of power. But in Ben Settle’s view (and my own, and possibly yours too) – the best form of power stems from the freedom to do whatever you want, when you want.
3. Personal freedom requires money
Many people are uncomfortable with the fact that personal freedom requires money.
I used to be uncomfortable about this fact. I would dread that I’d have to give up years of my life working in exchange for freedom.
Then, one day, I realized that I was just wasting my time complaining and burning energy.
We all have to work.
What other choice do you have?
You might as well develop a bunch of skills in different areas, try new things that you enjoy, and start a business that grows exponentially with time:
There’s no getting around the need to earn a decent sum of money in order to live a good life. And, there’s nothing wrong with admitting this to yourself, and then taking action.
4. You need to have a mission
If there’s something that Ben Settle ‘mandates’ in his book, it’s that you need to have a mission and/or a purpose in life.
You’ll have to read Chapter 1 of the book to fully understand the importance of having a mission.
But, for now, keep in mind that without a mission, people will constantly try to recruit you to build their mission without a single concern for yours.
Luckily, it’s possible to work on someone else’s mission while you pursue your own.
There are people out there who work two or even three jobs just so they can afford to work on their own mission for 30 minutes every day.
I know that you have 30 minutes a day to dedicate to your mission.
That’s all that it takes. As long as you can work on your mission each day for virtually any amount of time, you’ll be taking far more self-empowering action than 99% of people.
5. Don’t worry about the opinions of sheep
To accomplish great things, you’ll have to overcome Newton’s third law which states:
For every action, there’s an opposite and equal reaction.
This means that for every big action you take in life, whether you want to move somewhere, get a new job, start a business or whatever, there will almost always be equal and opposite forces at play – attempting to weigh you down and sabotage your progress.
Friends, co-workers and family members can all unfortunately play a role in this.
Worst of all, most people won’t even be conscious of the fact that they’re sabotaging your progress.
If you want to be a villain, you really can’t worry about the opinions of sheep. It’s up to you, and only you, to get what you want out of life.
6. Becoming a villain requires putting in work and providing value
I don’t want you to get the impression that this book requires that you just force your way into getting what you want out of life (although that’s definitely part of the message).
While I think that Settle advocates living a life of healthy aggression, I also believe that he subscribes to the business ideology of becoming the absolute best in your industry.
He’s the best email marketer out there, and he owns that title, so he probably suggests that you pursue a similar path in your industry.
Providing people with a great quality product is at the core of every successful business transaction.
So, why not provide a few thousand (or million) people with a high-quality product that you own, and get similar villainous results as Ben?
There are no good reasons why you can’t. You just have to put in the work, and provide people with value over a long enough timeline. Don’t give up, either. There’s plenty of time for you to make your mark in history.
This book is a very short read. It will only take you an hour and a half to breeze through.
But, you won’t want to ever stop reading it. It’s that important of a book.
Persuasion Secrets of the World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains is also a book that you’ll want to buy either in ebook format or paperback, and then re-read every month or two.
I have a feeling that Mr. Settle intended for this book to be sort of a ‘quickstart guide’ to getting your brain back in check every couple months or so. You have to internalize this material to really make the most of it. It might also help to check out Ben Settle’s blog, which is where you can read his latest emails, and subscribe to email his list if you’d like. Because Mr. Settle is extremely truthful, I highly recommend just about everything that he publishes.
P.S. Ben Settle’s book goes far beyond the six key takeaways that I described in this article. You really have to buy Persuasion Secrets and set aside an hour of your time to get the most out of this book. It’s a life-changing product that goes above and beyond persuasion or self-help. This book is about helping you internalize the proper belief structure and mindset that’s required to become a real villain.
Last updated: October 20th, 2019 I found a book called This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better after browsing a copywriting blog by Neville Medhora six months ago.
What you’re reading is my This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better Review, because I’m a big fan of Neville and his book.
The book that I’m reviewing is also a powerful one because it explains how writing casual content can help you earn thousands of extra dollars per month, make people feel emotional (in a good way), and help you live the life that you want.
Best of all, his book is only like 50 pages long, and it’s a really entertaining read.
When I first received my copy of This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better, I was shocked at how short the book was. This made me feel a little disappointed for some wacky, totally illogical reason.
But, once I started to read the tiny book, I realized that I’d been writing the wrong way for a very long time.
After I made this realization, I basically kept reading the book and learning new things about copywriting until I finished the entire book in one session.
That’s when I knew the book was worth at least 25 times the price I paid for it (no exaggeration).
Feeding people’s selfishness is usually the difference between getting rich and staying poor
I’ve always been a writer. But, this was the first official copywriting book that I read.
If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the process of writing in a way that sells products.
So, this was the first book that opened my eyes to the world of copywriting, and forced me to realize that appealing to people’s selfish desires is the most important aspect of writing good sales content.
This book basically made me understand that I’d been writing as a hobbyist for many years.
Even more importantly, it made me realize that I caught the problem early enough to where I can still (hopefully) make a decent living as a copywriter.
Regardless of my future as a writer, knowing how to write good copy is an extremely powerful skill that anyone can learn through this book (yes, you can too).
Because, whether you need to send an email to your boss, pitch an idea to a potential business partner, or even just post an update on social media – the goal is always to help people clearly understand how your message benefits them.
People are naturally selfish. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it’s a normal part of human biology. But, forgetting to appeal to people’s selfishness is a huge mistake that costs most people many thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
Keep your writing casual
One of Neville Medhora’s most important messages is to keep your writing super casual and conversational.
In his book, Neville makes it clear that the best writing is done when you can imagine that you’re chatting with a trusted friend in a cafe.
This is a point that’s really stuck with me, even though it can be difficult to implement in your writing.
Now when I write, I force myself to imagine that I’m sitting in a cafe, and talking with my (crazy) best friend.
This trick will instantly make your writing appear more entertaining, personable and persuasive to where you too can get what you want.
Another awesome trick that Neville mentions is to speak what you write.
Because, when you actually repeat your writing out loud, you can immediately tell if your writing sounds casual or awkward.
Your writing should always sound casual when you speak it.
Again, this is a weird habit to get used to, but it eventually improves your writing over time to where you don’t have to say it out loud nearly as much.
This trick saves me tons of time on complicated copywriting projects.
After reading Neville’s book, I made the mistake of telling one of my clients that I would write his website content using a casual tone.
This client was an unbelievably sharp guy. He was an MIT graduate, and a leading programmer at Google.
But, he refused to accept that casual writing would relate with his audience better than ‘professional business writing’.
He eventually even complained that my writing read like a fifth grader’s.
And, that was one of the reasons how I knew my copywriting was becoming at least somewhat effective. The content that I wrote for him worked. And that should have been all that mattered…
Most of your clients simply aren’t going to understand that casual copywriting generates more money on average than oldschool business professional copywriting.
It’s for this reason that I recommend using casual copywriting for your own projects, and for performance-based work (like internet marketing).
And, when clients don’t believe that casual copywriting works, just don’t work with them. You have to find worthwhile clients who will trust your judgment and expertise as a copywriter.
High-quality casual copywriting is professional copywriting.
Overall, This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better is an excellent book on writing effective copy that’s well worth the few bucks Neville Medhora charges for it.
It’s extremely short. It’s cheap. And, I genuinely believe it will make anyone who reads it a happier, healthier and wealthier writer.
This book lives up to all of its claims, and includes a no-questions-asked money back guarantee. I highly recommend it.
Last updated: October 20th, 2019 This Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse review details the real-life experiences that I’ve had with these two products.
These items are usually purchased in a “combo” package so I figured I’d give you the truth about this interesting keyboard and mouse set.
First, let’s start with a review of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business, which is the specific name of the keyboard that comes with this ergonomic keyboard and mouse package deal.
Here, I’m going to lay out the pros and cons of buying only the Sculpt Ergononic Keyboard for Business on its own (I review the Sculpt Mouse separately in this article).
In this section, I’m going to break down the pros and cons of purchasing only the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse (warning: this section is about to get a little bit brutal in terms of my review).