I hope all is well with you.


With all the Black Friday shenanigans going on, I was thinking about something I bought myself recently. Let me tell you what I bought and why…


I am going to get back into the world of PLR, which stands for Private Label Rights. This is a big field in the online world, because with the need for content being paramount, people who can’t write, or don’t want to, can buy the licence to content written by someone else, and use it with their own name attached, either having tweaked it slightly, or using the content as is.


I had thought about setting up a PLR branch of business myself, because not only *can* I write, I enjoy it, so it’s a good way to add leverage to the effort I’ve already made. I got a certain way down the road but circumstances meant I didn’t follow it through.


I saw an offer online, which made think about revisiting the idea. It was a product about the business from an established seller in the field, but it was a bonus offered by another seller that really caught my eye, and it’s *this* that made me buy…




Tiffany Lambert has been selling her own PLR for years, and she’s been selling it by the bucket load! She also gives her opinion to you straight when posting online.


As a bonus to the product from the other PLR seller, Tiff offered her own programme of a PLR challenge, where members would be, er, challenged, to get their PLR up and for sale.


Since I already have a JVZoo account to use for selling, which is what Tiff uses, it seemed great timing for me to hop on board, and the accountability is a key element of the challenge for me.


So, that’s what I bought and why, but am I saying you should buy this course..?


No, I’m not. I want to focus on buying accountability. I’ve done it before so I know the huge value it can bring – so much so that accountability is a key element of one of my own products that I offer, my personal development programme.


In my programme, Transform Your Life Now, the idea is to work week by week on the key areas of life, career, relationships, lifestyle, health and finance, and then work out 3 steps, specific to you, that can be taken that week.


This individual coaching and accountability will move anyone who takes up the offer forwards in leaps and bounds in these key life areas.


Since it’s Black Friday, I’ve decided to run an offer for the whole of the weekend, including Cyber Monday. By the way, do they have silly names for the Saturday and Sunday too??


The programme normally costs $29 a month, which can be cancelled at any time, but for this weekend, I’m offering the first month for just $1!


Yep, just $1.


That will allow you to get a feel for the programme as well as enjoy the progress you make. Then if you don’t enjoy it, you haven’t risked anything and you won’t need to continue.


Does that sound like a good deal? I think so. In fact I *know* so, because as I said, I know the benefit of accountability. It’s why I just bought it from Tiff, and it’s why I know you’ll benefit if you buy accountability from me.


The idea of this weekend offer is a spur of the moment thing, so much so that the sales page shows the normal $29 price! That’s ok, just buy at that price, and I’ll pay you back the $28. Obviously if you have trust issues about that, I’m not for you anyway, but it’ll be a nice way to kick off our interactions!


Here’s the link:
Sign up to my Transform Your Life Now programme for $29 and I’ll give you $28 back!


Ok, do pop over and have a look, and let me know what you think, I’d love to see you on the inside.


‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. This is a great way to set you up to hit 2016 up and running! Transform Your Life Now first month for $1 offer!

Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘Alone In The Universe’ Review


Here’s my review of the new album ‘Alone In The Universe’ by Jeff Lynne’s ELO


"Jeff Lynnes ELO" "Gordon Bryan"


There’s a short version, and a long version.

Short version – I like it, and if you’re an ELO fan, you’ll like it.


Here’s the long version…

To start with, I call it Jeff Lynne’s ‘sort of’ ELO, because for many fans, it’s not ELO. ELO was the band that *really* got me into music at the age of 13 with Discovery, and from that I went back through their catalogue, right back to The Move.


Then I spread out over the 60s, then back to the 50s, and further into all different kinds of music – so, I owe a lot to ELO, and the memories are string of the excitement of the new albums, and seeing them 3 times, in 1981 and twice in 1986.


So why is this not ELO for a lot of fans? Well the fact it’s called Jeff Lynne’s ELO is a clue, and the legal issues are long and not particularly pleasant. I won’t go into them here, because this is a review of the album, and I like it, but since Jeff Lynne plays all the instruments and does all the singing, with the exception of the odd line by his daughter, it’s perfectly reasonable to question whether it’s a Jeff Lynne record or an ELO band record.


Ok, on to the music…

I said I like it, and I do. I wanted to hear the ELO ‘sound,’ I wanted to feel the old excitement, that Jeff Lynne actually wanted to make it that way, and I felt the excitement as I bought the CD – I tried, but genuinely can’t remember the last time I bought a CD!


The nods to the old ELO are all over the place, enough to give you neck ache – from the album cover graphics, to the titles, the lyrics – if you throw in rain, blue, midnight, universe, tears, sun, you’ve practically written an ELO lyric yourself, and in some cases it feels like they are shoe horned in a bit.


The biggest gripe I’d have? The drums. Those Jeff Lynne drums. He brought that specific sound in towards the end of the ELO days, and kept it ever since, all through his production work, all through his solo work, all through the ‘Zoom’ comeback. However a song starts, it’s only a matter of time before ‘those’ drums come in. Yes Jeff, we know you can play them, but they all sound the same, and I’m in the camp that says he really should get a drummer in.


We all know it’s not likely to ever be Bev Bevan again, but that Jeff drum sound comes across as simple drum machine programming, and for me it inteferes with the songs.


Style wise, he really has delved back, and I love it!
He starts and ends the album with 2 songs that could have come from ‘Out of the Blue’ sessions, beginning with ‘When I Was A Boy.’


Track 2 ‘Love and Rain’ has got ‘Showdown’ stamped all over it
Track 3 ‘Dirty To The Bone’ could have come from the ‘Zoom’ sessions.
Track 4 ‘When The Night Comes’ could have sat on the ‘Time’ album.
Track 5 has the kind of peculiar vocal start that leaves you wondering where it will go (‘til those drums come in!) and could have felt at home on the ‘Secret Messages’ album.


The nods to Lynne’s past don’t just stop at ELO though, and it’s fascinating to hear him reference his post ELO work under this new ELO banner…


Track 6 ‘Ain’t It A Drag’ is one that if I told you was a Travelling Wilburys track, you’d quite easily believe it, and Track 7 ‘All My Life’ could have been from George Harrison’s ‘Cloud 9’ album.


That’s not the end of the Wilbury sound connection, because Track 8 ‘I’m Leaving You’ would not have been out of place on Roy Orbison’s ‘Mystery Girl’ album.


Track 9 ‘One Step At A Time’ suddenly hits you with a ‘Discovery’ sound, genuinely brought a smile to my face.


With the ‘Out of the Blue’esque closing title track to finish off, I finished listening as a happy listener. The problems in the last few years of the band were not nice for fans like me, and left a taste which still lingers, but I decided I would take this album on wanting to like it, and I did.


I’m going be calling it ‘ELO’ on my ipod, and will be listening many times over. Yes, I’d love for it to be the ‘real’ ELO, rather than Jeff Lynne’s ‘sort of’ ELO, but that ship has long since sailed, so it’s up to the fan to decide how to take this new ELO venture, and it gets a thumbs up from me.


I’d love to hear what *you* think!

‘Til next time,

Health & happiness,


I watched a documentary on the BBC recently, featuring Salford City FC, and there were some goal achievement classics that shouted at me from the screen…


Salford City. A non league team, *way* beneath the league as it happens, a good few tiers further down the football pyramid. The documentary covered what happened when the club was bought by 5 ex-players, 5 players who had reached the very top of the game during long careers together at Manchester United, with all of them playing internationally.


I found it fascinating, and the first goal achievement nugget I noticed was their attitude. They had attitudes about work ethic, commitment and expectation of success which reflects them being at the very top of the tree. They expected others to have the same attitude, and it rubs off.


The second goal achievement point I noticed came when I watched them play. Not in the documentary itself, but the following night as they played a 1st round FA Cup tie, live on the BBC.


They were playing Notts County, a team 3 leagues above them. It was 2 names on the Notts County team sheet that caught my eye – Alan Smith and Roy Carroll. Both of them had played at the highest level, in fact both of them won medals at Manchester United playing with the new owners of Salford!


Both of them also played internationally, and I for one remember a horror injury that Alan Smith suffered in his career – one of those where parts of his leg are pointing in the wrong direction – ouch!


Smith and Carroll are at the later stages of their careers and, as happens with a lot of players who’ve been at the top, they find themselves plying their trade further down the leagues – either because they want to carry on playing, or for the money!


The career path for the professional footballer is a long, windy one, and apart from the minority that make it to the top, it’s a precarious one. Injury can end a career in an instant, and there is no guarantee of success.


This can be seen by taking a look at the Salford line up…


In goal, J Lynch, who got as far as sitting on the subs bench 3 times for Bolton in the Premier League. Then there’s one of Salford’s goal scorers, Danny Webber. He was in the same youth system that the 5 new owners were in, but whereas they went onwards and upwards to the top of the game, he didn’t.


That’s the way it goes, in professional sport, and in life. The route to the top won’t open up for everyone, but it sure as anything won’t open up for anyone that doesn’t try, that doesn’t put in the effort. Lynch and Webber are still playing, for a club 6 divisions below the Premier League, and they are still putting in the effort, still taking action with commitment.


It impressed me, which is why I felt it needed to be my next article. I hope you like the ideas as much as me.


As a nice little round up, Webber scored an absolute cracker of a goal, worthy of being on live TV indeed, as Salford won 2-0. What’s the betting they win their next tie, and draw a Premier League team in the 3rd round – Salford City v. Manchester United, anyone?


Do let me know what you think – I love the feedback!


‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. These ideas and others are also featured in my book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’
Also, don’t forget to sign up for blog updates via the box on the right of any page.

The Rock & Roll Bandits – New Project Launch!

Well, I’ve been on another learning curve – how to get a PledgeMusic project launched!

"Gordon Bryan"

If you don’t know what PledgeMusic is, it allows you to get fans to pledge to support music projects, offering them something back in return.


It’s a great idea, but does need some work to set up, so that’s what I learnt!


The project is launched TODAY, and has 43 days to reach the target, or I get none of the money, so it’s also an exercise in promotion!


Here’s the link, and I’d love it if you went and had a look:

The Rock & Roll Bandits latest PledgeMusic Project


As you can see, we’ll be taking on the Three Degrees classic ‘When Will I See You Again’ – I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and you’ll notice that as one of the exclusive offers, anyone can be on the record, doing the backing vocals! That could include YOU! You send your vocals in as per instructions, and you’ll find yourself a recording artist!


Anyway, just a short post to let you know about the launch, I’m busy putting the word out, and of course I’d love it if you shared it around too!


Do let me know what you think!


‘Til Next Time,

Health & happiness,


The Great Gordino Newsletter – Oct 15th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

This issue is about girl power, both old and new. First the old…


100 years old this week to be precise.
"Edith Cavell"

12th October 1915 saw the death of Edith Cavell. She died in a nurses uniform, shot at dawn by a German firing squad.


She had been convicted of treason, and had helped 200 Allied troops escape occupied Belgium to fight again in the war. She had been head of a nursing school in Brussels, and had long held the ambition of helping people, telling that she would do something worthwhile with her life.


As the war ravaged the bodies of troops, Edith tended soldiers from all sides, making no distinction between them. That didn’t help her after her arrest though.


Her execution caused an outcry, and doubled the amount of men enlisting to fight.
Tributes were held to mark the 100th anniversary of her death, and here’s a picture of the Edith Cavell Memorial near London’s Trafalgar Square.
"Edith Cavell"

Edith would possibly have been perplexed by the phrase ‘girl power’, and I’m sure would have dismissed it had anyone applied it to her, but I think she’s a great example.


Here’s a modern example…


The English Ladies Curling Team are off to play in the European Championships in November. Long time readers will know of my passion for curling, and also my passion for goal achievement and action taking.


The girls have long been proactive in their efforts to raise funds for their trips (curling is not a sport awash with money!), and this trip is no exception.


I knew of a site called Pledge Music, which allows people to help support music projects – in fact I am waiting for my next project to be approved, for my Rock & Roll Bandits idea. While waiting for that, I saw the girls post on Facebook about their new pledge sport campaign. I had never heard of the site, but as you can imagine, it pressed my buttons!


I hopped over to take a look, and saw that the girls have set up a campaign to raise funds for the trip.


I like it, I like the fact that they take action and do something about an obstacle in their path! If you fancy taking a look, here’s the link to The England Ladies Curling Team on Pledge Sports.


So, girl power in action, 100 years apart. Edith would have liked what the curlers are doing, the curlers will admire what Edith did.


Taking action, helping others, integrity, courage and dignity, all key elements of the self improvement world – once you have these in place, you can get to work using formulas to achieve things. Speaking of which, with my new coaching now launched, why not take a look at my free 8 step goal achievement formula? It’s taken me on some great adventures, and it will do for anyone that uses it!


Ok, do let me know what you think, I love the feedback!
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget to ‘like’ The Great Gordino Newsletter and Goal Achievement on Facebook – it does what it says on the tin!

I hope all is well with you.
It’s Oct 1st, and I’m so excited, because today I am launching my coaching programme!

I called it ‘Transform Your Life Now!’ because it’s based around the ideas in my book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!

It’s results driven, and based on life transformation, so what happens on the inside is that someone picks one of the life areas to work with, states a goal in that area that *they* want, and then we set about making it happen!

Group support, coaching and encouragement from me, accountability, it really *is* exciting, because the results *will* come!

I was proud of my little book, and still am, and I’m definitely proud of this programme, because I know what it will do to the life of anyone who gets onboard, and that fills me with, to be blunt, joy!

If you fancy taking a look, you can see it here:
Transform Your Life Now!

I’d love to hear what you think, (of course, I’d love to see you on the *inside!*)

Ok, ‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. It’s something you can cancel at any time, there are no commtiments to tie you in, so if you fancied dipping your toe in to see if you liked it, that’s all well and good! 😉

3 Online Environments Where You Can Earn Money

We’re used to the idea that the Internet now offers us unprecedented levels of connectivity, not just to information but to each other. This has implications across all aspects of our lives, but one that many people are only just realizing is the potential for the generation of side income.

Before we get started, it should be clear that there are no guarantees in any of the activities outlined in this article. While there are plenty of ways to earn income online, doing so through a community or interactive service almost always entails some level of risk. With that said, here’s a look at three interactive online areas in which you can look to earn, or even “win,” money.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Fantasy sports have been popular for many years now, but only in the last few has the idea of daily fantasy begun to gain widespread popularity. The Washington Post detailed the rise of DFS sites, noting incredible amounts of money that major companies like Fox Sports and Turner Sports (among others) have spent investing in the two main competitors.
These competitors are DraftKings and FanDuel, and as of now, they essentially offer the same services. Users can log in, enter any of a huge variety of different fantasy sports contests (with different buy-in and payout rates), and choose lineups of players in an attempt to earn high scores based on the stats those players compile. It’s the same as fantasy sports has always been, except that it’s based a per-day (or per-week, in the NFL) leagues, meaning you can always build a new team for the next competition.

The significance of daily fantasy sports as a money-making opportunity is in the peer-to-peer nature of the competition. This isn’t ordinary sports betting in which you’re made to compete against “the house” with low odds. Rather, while there are riskier league options with low odds but high rewards, you’re usually competing head-to-head against other users.

Online Casino Games

Any discussion about P2P money-making opportunities online has to include mention of the casino industry, where communities have reached incredible sizes. While significant portions of the world (including most of the United States) still exclude online gambling in a legal sense, millions are playing games at online casinos, meaning there’s a massive network of competitors at any given moment. Much like head-to-head games appealing to players who’d rather not bet against the house in a fantasy sports setting, the guarantee of live competition offers online gamblers the chance to deal with other humans when trying to profit.

That’s not to say there aren’t alternative options as well, for those who want to shoot for higher paydays. Betfair claims it’s common to see lucrative jackpots in its slot machine gaming market, which, while not facilitating P2P competition, do offer options and potential winnings reflective of a massive user base. They also offer some more competitive options elsewhere on their platform.

Personal Investment Tools

In a way, the stock market represents the ultimate forum in which individuals can seek to profit from community interactions. The actions of each individual trader sway the stock market, and so, in a way, you’re competing with and against a world of traders and investors when you make a transaction. But this is really just a more interesting way of phrasing things. What you’re really doing in any stock trading environment is leveraging your own methods of analysis and prediction against market trends.

No matter how you want to look at it, personal investment has recently become much more feasible for the average individual looking to generate side income online. The revolutionary app and online tool Robinhood has brought about a new way to make real stock trades without messing with buying fees or complex brokerages. International Business Times notes that the service is pioneering “free stock trading” for its users. We’re still in the early days of the tool’s functionality, but for the time being it looks as if the biggest market for generating income online, the stock market itself, has become an everyday utility for those with interest.

Again, none of these options provides any sort of guarantee, and in fact all can be quite risky. But they’re all representative of the fact that growing communities in various areas online are providing new potential streams of income for those interested.

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 22nd 2015

I hope all is well with you.

I’ve been busy busy busy! As well as sorting out bits for my new coaching programme, I’ve been taking action on another idea of mine, The Rock & Roll Bandits.
"The Rock & Roll Bandits"
It’s one of those ideas that sit on the back burner, with a ‘one day’ timescale, but I decided that if I didn’t get on the sports journalism course, I would get into other projects.

As you know, I *didn’t* get on that course, which would have started at the beginning of September. That was a really big disappointment to me, but if that’s not going to happen, then it’s on to something else!

The idea of the Rock & Roll Bandits is to do rock versions of classic pop sings. I wanted to start with ‘It Started With A Kiss’. I decided I wanted to play drums and have a go at the singing, with future songs I may well use all sorts of hired guns as musicians, changing the line up for different songs – who knows!

So, I got in touch with Matt on bass and Rhys on guitar to see if they fancied doing it with me, sorted out studio booking, and last Tuesday we went in and did the song.

A little rough and ready, and we hadn’t rehearsed so we needed to sort some things in the studio instead of a rehearsal room, but the end product gave a good demo of the idea which is what I wanted.
"Gordon Bryan"
The next plan was to use a crowd funding website to fund future songs, using the demo as an idea for people to get the gist of the project.

I set up an account with one site, pledgemusic.com, and now I’ve hit a new snag in the road – they’ve refused! They have to approve campaigns before allowing them, and in my case they say there aren’t enough fans to fund a project.

While this is true, my thoughts were that it’s a brand new idea, so of course there aren’t fans yet, and the project itself would build fans. However, the pledgemusic decision means I need to build fans before I can launch a project.

So, they have a widget I can share around, which not only allows people to listen to the song, but download it for free in order to build the fan base. If you’d like to hear the song, then here’s the link, and don’t forget you can download it for free, which would help me!

In the sporting world (come on, you knew it was coming!) the rugby World Cup has kicked off. Lots of teams, with only a few that can win it. These early group games can be really one sided affairs as the difference in class is huge, but one of the games produced an upset as Japan beat South Africa.

What struck me the most? The immediate post match interview with the captain and coach, still on the pitch and full of emotion.

They both said ‘credit to them, they were better than us, no excuses, we weren’t good enough.’

Bravo I say! They didn’t say Japan had ‘been lucky’ or try to deflect onto other factors. They took defeat with class and sportsmanship, and long time readers will know how much that appeals to me!

In a different sport, which is known for doing the right thing, golf, a player strayed from that line a bit…

In the Solheim Cup between the USA and Europe, American Alison Lee picked up her ball towards the end of a close match, thinking the putt had been conceded. European player Suzann Pettersen said it hadn’t been conceded, so the USA were docked that hole, and went on to lose the match.

It all kicked off in the media and social networks!
As it happened, the USA won the event in the end, and afterwards Pettersen has apologised, saying she lost the bigger picture in the heat of the moment, and was sorry for letting herself and others down.


Yes, she made a mistake, but on the other hand, golf is a game of strict meticulous rules. I hope her apologising afterwards will put the issue to bed so it doesn’t linger, but I suspect that the apology was too late, that the bad feeling won’t be going away anytime soon!

The comeback by the USA to win the event was fuelled by a feeling of being hard done by, and the incident’s aftermath had a debilitating effect on the European team. It’ll be remembered in the world of golf for many years.

Ok, music and sport, two subjects that push my buttons, combined with taking action and doing the right thing, two more subjects that push my buttons!

I’d love to hear what you think, and don’t forget to download the first Rock & Roll Bandits track for free!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to like my Goal Achievement Page on Facebook.

Remembering Rick Rescorla 2015

The list of names of people that died on 9/11 runs into the thousands. Rick Rescorla is one of those names.

"Rick Rescorla"


I find that the individuals get lost in such large stats, so when I first heard about Rescorla’s story in 2005, I wrote about it, because I found it inspiring and thought that others would too.

In 2001, on the 10th anniversary, I realised that I hadn’t posted it on *this* blog, so I did that, and it’s something I can link back to every year, because again, the individuals get lost in the scale of what happened. Maybe you’ve not read it before, maybe you have – either way I think it’s worth a read today.

Here it is:
Remembering Rick Rescorla 2011

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 8th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Long time readers will know I do like use date anniversaries a lot, a reminders of what others have done, and what we could do ourselves. Today’s no different, and you never know, I might even throw some sport at the end!

(ok, you *know* I’ll throw in some sport!)

Weds Sep 9th sees Queen Elizabeth II become the longest reigning British monarch, overtaking the mark set by Queen Victoria.

Now, I know a lot of people don’t like her, and dislike the monarchy and the whole idea of it. As it happens, I do like her. I can understand people who say she lives a life of privilege, paid for by those who don’t live that life.

On the other side of the coin, she did not choose to be Queen, and while she could have decided not to, she instead decided as a young woman, to dedicate the rest of her life to the service of her country.

That’s what she’s done, and is still doing 63 years later. Imagine the life of privilege that some people decry, and then imagine that every day is planned out for you, with little wriggle room if you are to follow the service of duty you signed up to.

Constant travelling, constant smiling at strangers, constantly representing your country. For 63 years.

She’s been Queen all my life, I’ve taken it for granted , and that’s part of what she offers, a continuity, a constant in a world of change. She’s been through 12 Prime Ministers of different political persuasions, and has stayed out of the political arena.

Good for her, I say!

Another anniversary this week is less pleasant – 9/11. I’ll be writing about that in another article on the day, and again, long time readers will already know what it’s about. That event, and consequent events, have made the world a different place, and not for the better.

I did say I’d throw in some sport – in football, Wayne Rooney has equalled the England goal scoring record of Sir Bobby Charlton, and will surely pass it soon. The debate rages as to whether he’s England’s best ever striker or not.

In American football, the NFL kicks off this week, with Tom Brady set to play after having his ban for ‘deflate gate’ overturned. The NFL is appealing that court decision, but in the meantime he plays. I must say the whole affair has tainted my opinion of him, I always regarded him as the best, but with my strong belief in integrity, I have severe doubts about him.

Also this season the NFL won’t be on freeview, and since I watch so much sport that I don’t pay for any, I imagine it will be a year off the NFL for me, the odd highlight apart. That’s a shame, but on the plus side it will free up time to press ahead with other things…

One of those other things is my new membership site. Originally I had planned to go with onlinepassionprofits.com, with the basic premise of helping people follow their passions, by leveraging the power of the internet to free their finances.

That still holds true, but lately I have been thinking about going for a more personal development angle – focusing on my Transform Your Life in 21 Days! Book as the foundation of a life improvement course, with the internet marketing coming under just one section, the finance section, so people can focus solely on that if they choose.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear which one of those you think would appeal the most, and why?

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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