Ray Edwards Show
Ray Edwards is a sought-after Copywriter, Author, Speaker, and Communications Strategist. His clients include Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Jeff Walker, Robert Allen, and more. On this show, Ray helps you start, run, and grow their Internet-based businesses. The show includes interviews with well-known experts like Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins, Dan Miller, Cliff Ravenscraft, Michael Stelzner, Amy Porterfield, Don Miller, and many others.

Have you ever wondered if those AHA! Moments, Big Ideas, Eureka Breakthroughs just happen or if you can set yourself up to experience more of them?

What if you could create an environment to generate Brilliant Ideas…

On today’s podcast, I share how you can set yourself up for more AHA! moments by adding these 5 activities to your routine.

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Tip of the Week

How can you read an extra book a week, with no added time?
Read audio books and speed them up – during your workout, while your cooking, as you’re working around the house.

As you listen to an audiobook you’re expanding your thinking, fostering creativity, and setting yourself up for more AHA! moments.

Spiritual Foundations

Why doesn’t God answer every prayer? 

Have you considered, what if He does, and sometimes His answer is “no”?

But he said, “Ask whatever you will in My name.”

What does it mean to ask something in someone’s name?

In biblical times, when decrees and commands were given in the name of the ruler they were speaking in “his name.”

Feature Presentation “How To Have More Aha Moments

  • Imagine the impact of putting more knowledge in your brain with no net time increase and very little effort.
  • How to foster creativity – Understanding why new thoughts and original ideas don’t happen in a vacuum.
  • The magic phrase I use to uncover underlying thoughts and motivations.
  • How Dale Carnegie’s principle about asking questions transformed my interactions.
  • The power of actually listening – Why it’s important to avoid the “me-too switch.”
  • How taking notes is powerful, even if you never read them again – Welcome to the ideahopper.com.
  • Discover the danger of “echo-chambering yourself.” – How confirmation bias is hindering and minimizing your openness to diverse thoughts.
  • How to create more AHA! moments – Read more, listen more, take more notes, intake from wide sources, set aside time for rest.
  • What if you have a new twist on an old idea? – Why taking time to rest is a catalyst for new ideas.
  • Judging, wrestling, and the battling over pro-life and pro-choice – How to talk with someone who has opposing views and learn to understand people with different viewpoints.
  • Your “ghostly second mind” – Discover your library of conclusions and how rest and relaxation link ideas together.

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Permission to Prosper is your key to unlock the vaults of wealth, wellness, and wisdom that will prosper you and everyone around you.

Join us at this life-changing event, where we will help you construct you own prosperity blueprint… remove the inner conflicts about money, wealth, and possessions… and learn from our world-famous speakers, including Jeff Goins, and more surprise guests to be announced soon.

Register now at the early bird rate of just $497 per ticket… prices increase on May 7th – this is the lowest price you will receive on this ticket.

VIP seating and red-carpet perks are also available, including personal time with Ray. To get the details, and to get your ticket now at the lowest possible price, go to permissiontoprosper.com.

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  • Success comes with surprises — the ones we don’t like, we call problems.
  • Doesn’t the Bible say to be content with what you have?
  • A tip on how to say “No” to someone who won’t take “no” for an answer.

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Tip of the Week

How to say “No to someone who won’t take “No” for an answer

Don’t give them an opening. Don’t allow a loophole.

Email templates for saying “No”

#1 The Definitive NO


Thanks so much for your interest in having me (WHATEVER THEY ARE ASKING),

Unfortunately, due to my existing commitments, my answer is “No.”

Just to prevent any confusion, this answer is “No,” and is not “maybe later” or “check back.”

There is no need to check back. The answer will not change.

Thank you again for asking.

Best of luck in finding (WHATEVER THEY ARE ASKING).

Ray Edwards

# 2 The Next Level NO


I apologize for not being clear.

The answer is “No,” and the answer will not change.

Anything else you feel you MUST communicate should be directed to my attorney:


This email marks the end of our communication.

I will not respond to any future emails or other contact, nor will my team.

Not only will we not respond, your messages will be blocked; we will not read them.

I’m sorry the situation came to this. I wish you well.

Ray Edwards

Spiritual Foundations

Doesn’t the Bible say to be content with what you have?

We’re Christian Mythbusters.

Philippians 4:11-13 NLT (New Living Translation)

The Apostle Paul explained, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

You can be content while building wealth, Paul is not saying, “Don’t aspire to having goals or to do things.” He’s saying don’t let your circumstances dictate your mindset.

Feature Presentation “The Dark Side of Success

The Dark Side of Success: 5 Challenges We Didn’t Expect

  1. Your success changes relationships.
  2. Success is a magnifying lens for your personality.
  3. You can become obsessed, which is not healthy.
  4. You can find your identity wrapped up in your success.
  5. Higher revenues can equal lower pay.
  • Why it’s harder to make $100,000 than $1 million dollars — How to be courageous and prepare for those in your life who will say, “You owe it to me.” 11:00
  • Unwinding the concept of no regrets in Heaven — Why will our tears need to be wiped away? What tears? Why tears? 12:45
  • If you’re unhappy when you’re poor, will you be unhappy when you are rich? — How the volume of who you are is magnified by success and money. 15:18
  • Obsession — Why it’s crucial to distinguish whether you’re pursuing or preoccupied with success. 17:00
  • Uncover identity issues based on bank balances and status — How to discover if you are only living for the approval of others. 18:44
  • Solving a puzzle leads to a higher-level problem — What you can learn from a good Roman emperor. 21:10
  • Do you find happiness? — How discovering what you think about obstacles, puzzles, and problems helps you create happiness. 23:01

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

  • Email templates for saying “No”
  • Philippians 4:11-13 NLT
  • Shake off lies and limitations related to prosperity, construct your own Prosperity Blueprint when you join us at our new conference this summer, check it out at PermissiontoProsper.com.

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We’ve just come off two years where we crossed the one million mark in revenue. We’re working on year number three and it looks like a pretty sure bet we’re going to do it again.

I’ve had a lot of questions and we’ve hosted a couple of workshops where we actually show people how we’ve done it.

Today we pull back the curtain and share a behind-the-business discussion to reveal the secrets to:

  • How we got to our first million-dollar year.
  • How we could have done it sooner.
  • Things we would do differently.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Tip of the Week

3 ways to grow your list faster.

  1. Create a lead magnet that no one else is offering. Go and find three successful people in your arena, download and study their lead magnets. Make yours better by asking questions like:
    1. What did they leave out?
    2. What did they include that is unnecessary?
    3. How can you improve the formatting?
  2. Have a contest. The interest and commitment level is going to be lower than your normal opt-in, but remember they are on your site to begin with, because they’re interested in your topic.
  3. Do some list swapping. No, not a product launch where you get your JV partners to mail for you and you pay them. I’m simply suggesting, “If you promote my newsletter to your readers, I’ll promote yours to my readers.”  You both gain.

Spiritual Foundations

Scripture without commentary, Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in it’s season. Whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Feature Presentation “How We Had Our First Million Dollar Year”

  • When you find a sense of urgency you can increase your level of seriousness by a factor of 100 — How to stop screwing around and start acting like you don’t have all the time in the world so you propel your business toward your first million-dollar year.  7:34
  • Why embracing the Roger Bannister principle breaks barriers, rewrites history, and gets you to your goals faster than you ever imagined possible.  8:18
  • If you think it’s harder to become a millionaire or a billionaire than ever before, then you are sadly mistaken — Examine the big bucket of sloppy lies behind excuses like:  “It’s a bad economy. Nobody gets ahead. Nobody will give you a chance. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” 9:54
  • Why my vow after leaving corporate America held me back for years — How investing heavily in a team empowers you to reach your goals. 10:51
  • The power of a JV launch — Examine how to generate considerable income and grow your list quickly by joining forces in a JV launch.  12:10
  • If you have a singular focus on the million-dollar mark you’re likely to hit that number.  12:56
  • How skill, talent, and reading the marketplace correctly are essential in helping you hit your goals.  13:16
  • Why pricing correctly, knowing what your customer wants and needs and getting your copy correct creates a huge competitive advantage.  13:23
  • Why embracing the Covey concept is essential to growth — How to overcome the dull-axe dilemma.  13:32
  • What I’d do differently — How to increase margins so you keep more of the money. 14:10
  • What I learned about watching expenses, creating accountability, and not building a business based solely on the one pillar income of a JV Launch.  14:48
  • How JV launches help you escape velocity and break free from earth’s gravity of needing more money and more customers.  15:50
  • It’s common knowledge but uncommon practice — Why establishing multiple streams of revenue is wise and shooting the Saturn V rocket over and over is massively inefficient. 16:00
  • Out of the spirit of play comes creativity, and out of creativity comes creation…money, money, money — What if working less and playing more actually fosters business growth. 17:51
  • Consider the influence of “intentional distractions.” — Imagine the impact on your business and your life if you could spend a month in another culture, meeting people with other beliefs, and different approaches to life and business. 18:36
  • Examine what essentialism means in your business — How new ideas, new directions, new things to do may be keeping you distracted from what’s essential in your business. 19:16

Have you hit the million dollar mark in your business?

What lessons have you learned?

Share your answers on social media or in the comment section of our blog.


Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Psalm 1

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If your self-worth comes from your bank account, you’re going to be a nervous wreck the rest of your life. You’d better find a different foundation to stake your life on.

Today we discuss 15 slavery-inducing, life-murdering lies about money that you’ve probably been told.

We also share 15 Liberating Truths About Money. “The truth will set you free but at first it will probably piss you off.” — Joe Kloss

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Tip of the Week

3 Lead Magnets You Can Create in about One Hour

  • Checklist: Describe steps, or a process, what you always include or exclude…a great example is the checklist for a minimalist traveler: What to Include in Your One Travel Bag
  • Resources list: Tools, books, websites you use that will help others
  • Templates: A done-for-you, simple, fill-in-the-blank resource you use in your business that others will find helpful

Improve the lead magnet by hiring a designer. Do your research, but a designer on a site like Fiverr.com is a good, inexpensive option to improve your lead magnet.

Spiritual Foundations


Why did Jesus come to the world? According to the Bible, He came to the world to reveal the Father, to be a witness of the Father.

As followers of Christ, what is our witness?

We too represent God for others. Our witness of Him to people is how we love others. When we honor, love, and respect others with our words and actions we are accurately reflecting how God sees them. By loving people, we are exposing the potential He put within them to be great, significant, and powerful people.

John 13:34-35,  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

So you’ve taken the discipleship classes and attended the cell groups, yet the assignment according to Christ is to LOVE one another.

Feature Presentation “15 Liberating Truths About Money”


  • Ever engage in “Wishcraft?” — How your beliefs either free you or enslave you and why “wishing it” doesn’t make it come true. 9:16


    • Money is the root of all evil — How one misquoted, misunderstood principle has redefined value and what is fundamentally good with money. 10:00


  • It takes money to make money — What if money is the product of creativity and you can create money out of nothing.


    • Uncover this unique distinction of the USA — How America was the first government designed to help people make money.  11:10


  • Money is “dirty,” it’s called “filthy lucre,” and people are “filthy rich,” — How our biases about money are revealed in our word choices.


    • Why many believe the height of virtue is being poor — Discover how money doesn’t make you poor and poverty doesn’t make you holy. 12:54


  • Discover how pride and snobbery are not limited to one social class — How hostility related to money may be quite different from what you expected. 13:00


    • Rich people don’t get into Heaven — Why you need to read and understand the entire story of the Rich Young Ruler (before you give away all your possessions).  14:12


  • Who gives us all good things to enjoy? — If money is a necessary evil and the best things in life are free, why does God bless us?  17:24


    • Why it’s essential to examine your insecurity of who you are and how you see money (and your relationship to it).  18:38


  • Discover whether formal education is a requirement for making money — How lack of education is an unfounded excuse for living in poverty.  19:26


    • How to understand the nature of money and how to free yourself from the “burden” of money.   20:36


  • What looks like hard work to one person looks like fun to another — Uncover the truth related to the “hard work” of making money.  21:20


  • Why uncovering your premises and challenging your thinking about money and wealth is essential.  22:39

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

The Twelve Steps to Happiness: A Practical Handbook for …



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In today’s episode we discuss whether it’s more virtuous to give your products away for free, or to charge for your work.

If a corporation is making 25% profit or more, eyebrows go up and there may be pressure to “give back.” Have you ever wondered about that language? It’s as if this implies they “took it” from someone.

Even someone as successful as Michael Hyatt, has wondered, “Is it more virtuous to give my products away?” This NY Times bestselling author, former CEO of Thomas Nelson, and blogger with over 1 Million readers per month gave his content away during his first three years of blogging.

When he started selling his first ebooks, he struggled with thoughts that he was “selling out.”

But after much consideration, he concluded that it’s essential to charge for your work.

Today I share 8 Reasons Why Charging for Your Work Is More Virtuous than Doing it for Free.

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Tip of the Week

This Week’s Tip of the Week is a Christmas gift I finally started using called Tile.  When you use Tile, you’ll never lose anything again.

Place the Tile app on your phone and put the Tile in your car, on your keys, or with anything you might misplace, and you can track the exact location of the tile, so you’ll never have to search for a missing item again.

Spiritual Foundations

John 10:14, 27. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd;  I know my sheep and my sheep know me. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

In the past, I was troubled when Christians would say,”God told me….”

Since starting on my spiritual  journey, I have examined the stories in the Bible and nowhere does it say that these things (like God speaking) would stop happening. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice.”

Does God still speak today?

I want to encourage you to read the Bible for yourself, not through the lense of your pastor or your denomination, but through an objective lense.

Join us today as we discuss open visions, the audible voice of God, casting pearls before swine, hallucinations, and Parkinson’s disease. You have to hear this wide-ranging discussion for yourself.

I believe God does speak and we his children can hear his voice.

Feature Presentation “Why Selling Your Product Is More Virtuous Than Giving It Away For Free”


  • How to successfully struggle with feelings of selling out — Why it’s essential to ask for value when you give value.


  • If man’s primary purpose is to produce value, then why do we find it difficult to refine and reshape resources (and make a profit)?


  • Why uncovering your thoughts about expectations, value, and entitlement is essential for self-awareness.


  • People’s needs over people’s rights, or people’s rights over people’s needs — How examining your beliefs on this is critical to your worldview.


  • Why the more we pay for it, the more we value it — Understanding the impact of contextual value.


    • The power of social signals — How one famous real estate broker and teacher quadrupled his income by making one simple purchase.


  • Uncovering the problem when something feels “off” — Why leaders need integris lives and how our subconscious is always searching for contradictions.


  • Why it's important to uncover whether money is more than a simple commodity or a trade medium.


  • Why Jesus talked so much about money — What you can learn from the parable of the three servants and their money.


  • Your self-worth and the greatest commandment — If you love your neighbor as yourself you’ll realize this virtue.


  • What world view are you teaching? How expecting to be paid or not expecting to be paid impacts the world.


  • Are you a world-changer? How Apple changed the world (no, it wasn’t by giving it all away).


  • What we can learn from the one character in the Bible who condemned people for not giving to the poor.


  • How to become as rich as possible — Why capitalism and the creation of value have changed the world and why you should be part of it.

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Tile app

Michael Hyatt

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