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Tim Knox and Jim Cockrum Internet Seminar (“Boot
I am winging along at 34,000 feet on my way back home from the “Tim
& Jim Internet Boot Camp". This weekend was one of those life
changing events for most of the attendees.
To be taught by the two of the most respected men in the Internet
business was a tremendous experience. To be able to have many question
and answer sessions with them to tap into their pool of knowledge was a
I felt that we had some of the most ambitious and dedicated individuals
on the Internet as students. As Tim and Jim pointed out, the invitation
was sent to their combined lists (Jim over 100K and Tim over 50K) so we
represented 0.033% of the combined lists. My fellow classmates were
from all levels of experience (Newbie to eBay Power Seller). We had two
men from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, who traveled the farthest. We
also were privileged to have Jason James of Auction Resources Network
He has been selling on eBay for several years and has switched over to
info products from hard goods. He was a speaker on one of the Q
& A panels and had a significant amount to contribute.
Jim Cockrum gave two presentations, “Tapping into the True Power of
eBay” and “The Simple Essentials of Massive Wealth on the Internet”.
During this time he told us how he evolved his business from selling an
Indiana Pacers ticket on eBay to where he is today.
Tim Knox gave presentations on “How to Create Multiple Streams of
Online Income” and “How to Create Your Own Info Product Empire”. His
story is remarkable, but it is too long for this article.
There were several Q & A sessions with Tim, Jim, and Jason
which were very informative and very valuable to all of us.
In several group sessions, we shared our ideas for our future plans
with each other and offered suggestions for improvement. The creative
atmosphere that developed is difficult to describe on the printed
Also, the networking with others of like goals was a major benefit. I
told my groups about my Boomer sites, and I found several contacts with
whom I could work on cross selling. There was Hans of The Games People
who refurbishes pinball machines. He told me that most of his customers
were Boomers. When you think about it, the leading edge Boomers were of
the mechanical pinball generation and the latter Boomers were of the
video game generation. If you want a mechanical pinball machine for
your game room, go to his eBay auctions and buy one. His auctions are
of the same name as his company. There was Clyde Butt who arranges
bicycle tours anywhere in the world. He is working on getting his
website online. He has some tours that would cater to our Boomer
The bottom line was that even though I felt well qualified to offer
advice to my fellow Boomers, I am that much better qualified now that I
have graduated from the Boot Camp. Email me at
email@example.com if you have any questions about the
sessions. I highly recommend that you attend the next one if you are
REALLY serious about working on the Internet as a Boomer
I have posted some pictures from the event on the Boomer-eZine site.
Click the following links to see the pictures.
picture of Survivors of Boot Camp
Learning About Business Opportunities on the
This evening, Linda and I were kicking back on our back porch watching
my bird dogs exercise in their exercise yard, and I was telling her
about two sayings that I heard or read in the last couple of days. The
first one was spoken by Jim Cockrum at the Tim and Jim Boot Camp. He
said, “learning about the Internet is like trying to drink from a fire
hose”. Linda totally agreed with that since she had watch me research
the Internet for a couple of years and that is exactly what was
happening to me.
As is with most things I hear, I searched Google for more info and for
the person who coined that saying. I could not find any credit given
for it. On Google, it was used quite often by graduate students at MIT
to describe their experience in the graduate program.
The saying is so fitting for those of us who have undertaken the quest
to learn all we can about what business opportunities are available on
the Internet. Before the Internet, most of the research was done in the
stacks of the library. There it was easy to keep focused since we were
usually working on a single train of thought. With the Internet, one
search generates another search and soon we do not know which one to
follow in detail. I am speaking from experience, and I know that I am
not alone when I say that I “have been drinking from the fire
The other saying I ran across today described the situation when you
have been “drinking from the fire hose” too long and you have gathered
a voluminous data base of all that you have found on the Net. You start
to analyze the data to chart your course to your Internet career and
you cannot do so because of “Analysis Paralysis”. You just keep on
researching rather than decide that you have enough information and
take action. I can claim to have suffered from this too for a few weeks
when it all just would not fit together.
Just remember “drinking from a fire hose” and “analysis paralysis” are
common problems that we all face when we start researching the
Internet. Just drink as fast as you can, and when you think you have
drunk deeply enough of Internet wisdom, don’t forget that the reason
for all that research was to take action.
TAKE IT NOW!
John V. W. Howe
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