Letter from Phil – issue 407 – Start From Now

It’s almost a year since the last issue. Now I’m back and things are changing.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” Carl Bard.

After my long illness something has changed and I’ve come back to life again. I’ll tell you about it below.

But first:

This will be the last issue in the current overlong format and after today it’s going to be shorter, snappier, and more frequent.

Here’s how and why:

I’ve just got back from 3 months in the UK, France, and Ireland and now I’m sitting in a cafe in Australia reading a news story headlined “Mounting Stress Means Less Sleep”

Almost two-thirds of Australian’s are losing sleep over work and money worries, a poll shows. What’s more, the annual stress poll shows that stress levels have increased every year over the six years of the survey.

Obviously I’m very unstressed because I’ve probably slept more in the past 3 or 4 years than in the rest of my life added together. Sometimes as much as 18 hours out of every 24.

But a few weeks before I went to Europe things changed dramatically.

I’m not cured. Still got the illness Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis that I’ve written about before. But a drug I talked my specialist into prescribing has performed miracles.

It’s the drug the 2011 thriller Limitless was based on, and within hours of taking it I was more ‘alive’ than in years. And it’s working just as well 14 weeks 4 days later.

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The drug is called Modafinil, and is prescribed for narcolepsy and a few other things. Basically it’s a stimulant that keeps you awake and helps you focus. On the black market it’s become very popular with university students at exam times, so over the past year it’s had a lot of coverage in the media.

Just look it up in Google.

I first read about it in this article on the excellent “Bulletproof Executive” site

And here’s a piece from the New York Times mag and  an interesting feature from Rolling Stone magazine

Let’s Move on from drug talk. No doubt 90% of you will be critical of me taking it.


kate2013The big news, apart from my increased wakefulness and clarity of mind, is that I’m bringing my daughter Kate onboard once she finishes maternity leave. She’s got a lot to offer you.

Kate’s worked full-time for me in the past. She’s also an ex daily newspaper journo, a weekly newspaper editor, ABC on-air reporter and newsreader, plus she’s done stints in PR and marketing for government departments and big operations like Serco both in Australia and the UK. She also interviews people for Alan Gardyne’s well-known Associate Programs site. You can watch, read, and listen to the interviews here.

So Kate has lots of marketing, pr and publicity knowledge to share with you, plus plenty of content creation advice.

If you’re looking for a quality writer (rather than a cheapy English as a second language type) you can get in touch with her via her site at ContentCouture.co.uk

BTW I’m sending her along to Martin Avis’s KISS Workshop in London this coming weekend (19th/20th Oct). So if you can make it there to listen to the excellent line-up of no-sales pitch speakers seek her out and have a chat. If the workshop had been on a couple
of weeks earlier I’d have been going along myself, but Kate’s going to be my eyes and ears.

Seeing that the entire focus of the workshop is building a business around product creation there’s a good chance that Kate will learn things that will take our business in a new direction away from affiliate marketing.

If you’re in the UK or Europe there are still a few tickets left so you can listen to, and mingle with, the speakers and other attendees. I’ve always found that events like this – where the speakers won’t be spending half their stage time pitching products – are inspiring. They’re also excellent for networking and making deals as well as learning new stuff. The night-time social scene, where you can find new like-minded friends and partners, is also a big plus.

Here’s Kate’s affiliate link for the workshop

That’s it for today. A new look issue out soon



  1. Hi, Phil – I’m delighted to hear that you’re feeling so much better. No criticisms from me for taking a pill to make you feel so much better. Best from Scotland, Margaret 🙂

  2. Whad up Phil! Great to see you back in action. It’s been a long time and I’m thrilled you’re doing better. You still have a LOT to offer the world!!

  3. Hi Phil, Found you through Marlon. You seem like a straight up good one. I am in Melbourne, if you ever want to connect up let me know. TT

    • Melbourne is my fav Aussie city. Love the city centre. My daughter Kate used to live on the coast south east of St Kilda so I used to visit a lot, but now she’s moved to the UK I’m not sure when I’ll next make it there.

  4. Good to see you back, Phil. I’ve benefited from some fantastic posts & insights on this site.

    I’d heard of you and your concept of ‘mini-sites’ in the early/mid 2000’s and read about it again somewhere in the Warrior Forum, which led me here, earlier this year. I’d also heard that you’d moved to Australia a while back.

    • Ben… I moved to Australia a ‘long’ while back. About 30 years ago 🙂

      • LOL, Sorry Phil, I read your about me page again. My bad. People on the WF were talking about you having moved from the UK, but didn’t really have a timeline, and I didn’t check 🙁