How Can I Help You?

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by Brenton Russell on

This post is a sincere call to action to everyone out there to provide me with opportunities to help you!

What type of help can I provide?  While I may not be the greatest website designer in the world, I am an active internet user and can provide my thoughts on your site.  I’m not Ernest Hemmingway but you might like my writing enough to ask me to do a guest post for you.  Want to hear more my thoughts on any specific topics or issues?  Like something on my website and want to know how I did it?  I don’t know marketing like Seth Godin but I can provide feedback on whether your website makes me want to buy or not.

Use your imagination and let me know how I can help you! Use my ‘contact me’ page to send your request for help.

This is not a sales tactic and there are absolutely no strings attached!

Why Am I Doing This?

Since I started blogging with this website about five months ago I have been amazed at the generosity shown by the online community.  This includes indirect generosity by the amount of high quality free content people provide and directly by people’s responses to my emails, blog comments etc.

I have been so impressed that it has started changing my paradigm on how I view the world. To this end I want to use this shift in perspective to increase my own generosity to others.  Furthermore I want to connect with more and different people, expand my perspective through different and varied experiences of giving and experience and investigate the psychological/wellbeing effects of helping others without expecting anything in return.

How to Get Me To Help You!

Asking me to help you with something is as easy as sending me an email via my ‘contact me’ page.

Don’t wait to think of something or come back to this post later.  Email me now and ask me to do something for you!

Be creative and forthcoming and let me help you!

Have friends who need help with something?  Send this on to them using the social media buttons below.

Uncork Your Mind is now a “DoFollow” website.  If you choose to leave a comment you will get a link back to your website.

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Steve@Internet Lifestyle December 29, 2010 at 12:31 am


Great stuff! I am definitely a firm believer in the fact that online the more you give away the more you get. It is nice to see that you’re jumping on board this paradigm.

Hopefully it will be a step toward your excellent success 2011.

Rock on!
Steve@Internet Lifestyle recently posted..How to Get an Internet Lifestyle Degree for 21345


Brenton Russell December 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

Hi Steve,

Your website is certainly a demonstration of someone who gives away a lot of free quality information. Thanks for demonstrating online generosity!


Peter J December 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

That’s true dedication to your followers and shows to what extent you are willing to help them out.

The best part about helping others is that you will build up strong connections with them; guaranteed to win over every follower 😉


Brenton Russell December 31, 2010 at 10:21 am

Hi Peter,

I agree that there are plenty of secondary benefits to increased generosity. My main reason though is really just to increase my ability to connect and help others.

By the way, need any help with anything? Drop me an email!


Riley Harrison January 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi Brenton,
“I have been so impressed that it has started changing my paradigm on how I view the world.” I had this exact same epiphany. It reduced my cynicism and made me revamp my thinking as to why I wanted to blog. I no longer view it as a possible profit center but as a way of giving back. My blog will reflect who I am rather than be geared towards increased profitability. I’m financially secure and have ample time, so why not do what I really want to do. Hope you have a satisfying and rewarded 2011 and thanks for a blog that nudges my into the direction I really want to go.



Brenton Russell January 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hi Riley,

Thanks for your comment. It is immensely motivating not only that you are willing to share your thoughts here but also that you have found value in my website. I can relate to what you say about your changed views of your blog as a possible profit centre. Before I started this website I had delusions of grandeur about how easy it would be to bring the money rolling in. Now with more experience I fully appreciate just how much hard work is required but more importantly how rewarding this hard work is when you are creating something that you passionately believe in.

I hope you continue to enjoy your blogging journey. I will be following your site with interest!


Ryan Renfrew @lifestyle design January 3, 2011 at 2:04 am

Hey Brenton,

Thanks for offering your help. You can help me by continuing to do what you do and ‘keep it real’. I love what your doing here at uncork your mind, you come across as a real gunuine guy. Have a great 2011

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Brenton Russell January 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the positive feedback! It’s great to hear when someone thinks you’re getting right! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have something specific that I can help you with.


Ivan Honey January 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Happy New Year Brenton
I really appreciate your honesty and openness on the journey of life. It sounds like you’re experimenting with some huge shifts in perspective , which represent risk but also creates amazing opportunity . It will take you on an incredible journey , and that’s what its all about. In the process , happiness and connection are some of the satisfying by products. Its a privilege to be a part of your journey .


Brenton Russell January 7, 2011 at 7:42 am

Hi Ivan,

I think that I have been on a lifestyle design journey for many years now but just hadn’t really defined it in words. Living life by my own design really started from the time that I quit my engineering job (and halved my salary!) thirteen years ago to join the Army which was something that I really wanted to do but didn’t make a lot of sense to my friends and family. My time in the Army delivered everything I thought it would plus significantly more. While I may not have been working for myself or earning a ‘passive online income’ I was well and truly living life by my design.

I see leaving the Army as just the next step in my lifestyle design. For various reasons, the Army no longer become the desired lifestyle for my family and I so it was time to re-evaluate our desired lifestyle and make changes. While most lifestyle design blogs primarily talk about online income, for me lifestyle design is all about understanding exactly what you want your lifestyle to look like and then implementing it. For some this might be the security of working “9 to 5” in a job where they can concentrate only on the things they like. For others this may be online entrepreneurialship. Each of our needs are different so therefore each of our desired lifestyles will also vary.

I agree that happiness and connection are some pretty amazing by-products!


Jonathan Manor January 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

It is crazy how much free information there is online on how to get rich, find the right girlfriend, and how to get a six pack. It’s crazy just crazy. Are you trying to find what niche you’ll be in?

I want to ask you what your favorite 3 bloggers are and why you like them?

What are you planning for 2011?
Jonathan Manor recently posted..Does Fake Work Make Your Job Suck


Brenton Russell January 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

Hi Jonathan,

I agree with how much generic and less-than-useful info there is online. I guess this is because there are very low barriers to entry to set yourself up online. I am also amazed at how much free high quality info there is too. The trick is to find (and produce!) this high quality content.

As far as what I am trying to achieve with Uncork Your Mind, I have adopted the Ready-Fire-Aim approach that Chris Guillebeau often talks about. I started off six months ago not knowing the first thing about blogging and naively thought that if I slapped together some posts about everything that interests me then people will come flocking to my site. I quickly learnt that this was not the case and re-designed my website and narrowed my focus. As I progress I realise that what I really want to concentrate on is practical info on living life by your own design whatever that design looks like. There are so many sites on passive online income who can do it far better than me so I really want to concentrate on practical tips for all types of lifestyle design.

My favorite three bloggers:

1. Steve Scott – As you can probably tell by the number of links scattered throughout my website! Steve gives away an amazing amount of quality free content on internet marketing and lifestyle design and is highly responsive with his reader community. Despite running a number of successful online business ventures he takes the time to respond to emails and comments and to visit my own site and post comments!

2. Smart Passive Income (Pat Flynn) – Unlike many sites in this niche, Pat provides excellent detailed info about creating a successful online presence instead of the regurgitated and generic posts that many other sites churn out.

3. Seth Godin’s Blog – Short and regular insightful blog posts about marketing and life in general. Seth has the amazing skill of saying a lot in very few words.

My plans for 2011 is firstly to take a bit of a mental break from leaving the Army after 13 years before really defining what my lifestyle design looks like. I have a heap of thoughts but I am just taking a mental break before committing to some solid action! Within the next few weeks I will have defined what my new lifestyle design looks like for the short and medium term so then it will be focussing on some hard work to make this happen. Should be exciting! Stay tuned for my monthly progress reports to see how it goes!


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