Making Money in the New Economy – Young Gifted and Broke

Making Money in the New Economy - Young Gifted and Broke

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I’ve noticed this trend and it’s growing larger and larger. There are so many people who have a four-year degree or even a Master’s degree, who are working in Starbucks, or the grocery store or some bar. This isn’t to say that this work is bad. That’s not the point. The fact is that you prepared yourself for something bigger, but you’re working a job that a person with only a high school education can do.

Society is changing. It’s really, really changing. There’s massive change every 20 to 30 years. It’s been going like that since Day one. I wonder, what really happened.

I stand as a witness; if you’re smart, hardworking, and willing to go through some bullshit that we call life, you’re going to be successful, regardless of your ethnicity. That’s the American Dream baby. It’s real and it happens. The problem is people are looking at other people’s experiences without really knowing the backstory.

I’ll give you an example. Rush Limbaugh didn’t graduate from college. He’s a college dropout. He mastered one thing, the English language. It made him wealthy.

If you can master the English language and write well, you can become quite successful in the USA whether you have a degree or not. It’s the truth. There are many people that prove that.

Some YouTube videos claim that a college degree is a scam. I don’t think they are a scam per se. I think they are overpriced. I also believe college degrees are a rapidly depreciating asset. The time and period when a degree was enough to support you and yours for decades is long gone.

Information is coming so fast, that companies will create a new product or service and within five to eight years, there’s something better on the market. It’s not like the people at the company are stupid. It was good at the time when it was created, but things change so quickly that there is always a better product or service around the corner.

If you get a degree without understanding that the information may be obsolete the minute you walk across the stage to get your sheepskin, you’re in trouble. I do a lot of research and that is why I’m doing this video. There’s this outcry from people who get their degrees and go in to deep debt to pay for it, then they realize their life is no better than a high school graduates with no degree. In some cases, college graduates are even worse off because a person who started a business with no degree is doing better than them.

Understand, business is a risky proposition. It is. But, in the new economy, so is a job. This is the first time in history, that this is the truth. For a long time, you worked for a company for thirty years and got the gold watch, retiring with your house paid for to live the good life. That economy has gone. It’s never coming back.

The new economy is all about learning. You learn something and then you unlearn it, over and over again. That’s the new economy. It’s going to get worse. If you don’t like to read, you’re in trouble. If you don’t like to learn new stuff, you’re in trouble. If your comprehension skills are piss poor, you’re in trouble.

The old paradigm shift is work, work, work, work, work, then when you are old and decrepit you retire. That’s when you have some freedom to travel. That’s never been my plan. Now if you do two things, educate yourself, formally or informally and stay the hell out of debt, then you can start a whole bunch of things.  I read this blog that this guy created on how to travel cheap. He travels 20 countries a year. Essentially, the new economy can give you the things you want now, but it may not be exactly what you expected.

By taking a few chances early in life, you’re going to be better off the rest of your life. You need to get an education, either formally when it makes sense or by reading books and watching YouTube as a practical approach to gaining specific knowledge. If you commit to 20 hours a week watching YouTube videos and reading on a certain subject, then in six months you will become an expert. Seriously.

If you’re young, talented, educated and broke, you have some totally different decisions to make. This is something else you need to do, open up a Roth IRA and put away money in it every month. It’s going to help you long-term and teach you how to handle money.

Poor money skills are killing people. You have to learn how to save money. You have to look at the world differently. A lot of the stuff your parents believe in no longer works.

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Do You Really Want to Be Successful? Killing Your Inner Sheep

Do You Really Want to Be Successful? Killing Your Inner Sheep

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Do you really want to be successful? I was having a conversation with someone about a situation. I am a fighter. I don’t just lay down and take shit.

Sometimes it takes me a little time to get the results I want, but usually I get them. I don’t give up. I was talking to a friend and I was called crazy because I was fighting for what I wanted. I was fully vested. I was like, “What the hell?”

This situation just made me think about a lot of things. I remembered that I heard similar things when I wrote my first book. Essentially the advice I was given was to calm down and that things would eventually work out. I am not geared that way. I am the type of guy that will blow shit up. Fortunately, in my life, there’s only been four times where I’ve had to do such things and the results were pretty devastating all four times.

I am asking you a question. “Do you really want to be successful?” People say they want success. The hard work of success is usually done late at night or early in the morning. That’s where success happens. It doesn’t happen after the check is cashed. The success happened long before then. Many people say they want success and they act like it. But, when it comes to doing the work and developing the strategy or going the extra mile, they don’t always show up.

At one point, I was taking some bad advice from a person. I asked the person a very specific question. He gave me an answer that I later found out to be false. There was no malice in it. That information was a game changer. I got all mad at myself because I didn’t do all my due diligence. When you operate on the wrong information, you get the wrong outcomes.

In some cases, you have to be maniacal to get what you want. When I realized what was happening, I had to use my sheep brain. Then, I had to go back and imagine myself in the pasture. I had to see myself with the flock again. I had to use my sheep brain to understand how people were trying to interpret my actions, because I thought I want this result.

I knew this result is going to require this action. No, that’s not working. We’re going to do this. No, that didn’t work. We’re going to do this. No, that didn’t work. So, now we’re going to try this. Now we got a result. It wasn’t the exact result we wanted, but we’re moving in the right direction. So, now we’re going to do this and this. When I look at that type of trial and error problem solving method from my unicorn brain, that’s appropriate action. But, when I look at it with my sheep brain, I say, “Oh Mother Fucker, you’re crazy. Why in the world would you put that much time and effort into something like that. It’s just not worth it. You’re wasting your time. You’re crazy. You’re obsessed.”

Then, it hit me. When you go to the pasture, what are the sheep doing? They all look down and eat grass. That’s why they don’t see the predators that come to get them, because they are all looking down. When the flock starts to move, they all move because they feel something bad is happening. So, looking at problems or challenges with my sheep brain is fucking crazy. Who would be up until 4am doing research.? Only crazy people do that.

At one point, I was a fucked up human being. I thought people owed me certain things just out of obligation, as a benefit of my humanity. That was my sheep brain working. The sheep brain is very dangerous. The sheep brain is lazy. The sheep brain seeks to do the very minimum, but for some reason it expects results all out of proportion with their effort. That’s how sheep think.

As you develop yourself as a person, you will expose people who are not developed. You will bring them out and it’s going to get ugly. It will be painful because they’re going to come at you with vigor and utter contempt.

I was talking to a new friend and I didn’t really know much about his walk of life. We were just talking about people and I brought up this situation. He said, “Dude. When I started my business three years ago I struggled. I lost my car. I lost my home. Everybody told me I was crazy. People didn’t want to hang out with me. People I thought were my friends disappeared. People that I did not know were my friends got down in the mud with me. They supported me. They brought me water when I was thirsty.”

“That seventh year when the business took off and I bought the mansion and the Porsche, all of a sudden people wanted to come back and hang out. Then I had one of those people shame me for not helping him.” Sheep have no memory.

One of the reasons I had so much trouble going from sheep to unicorn was the drugs that they give you in the pasture. You have certain benefits as sheep. You are comfortable. You are with the flock. Then when you get old, they take you to the barn. The other sheep know you’re not coming back. What they don’t know is that some of the sheep get away. They find a hole and they escape. They get out of the barn and pasture and realize, “It’s a whole new world out here.”

The indoctrination of sheep theory is part of the grand design to keep people in check. The Matrix is only a movie. So many of the parallels are so deep and so on point, it’s scary. What happens in the Matrix? Anyone can become an agent and kill your ass. That’s what these people are doing. People say things like, “You need to calm down.” You need to be a good little sheep.

Understand, when you begin to grow out of that sheep cover and realize your potential, you will know you weren’t working as hard as you could. You were coasting. When you’re dealing with sheep, you’re dealing with a powerful force. It’s a force that keeps you doing things to keep you where you are. The more unicorns that are out there, the more disruption there is. A lot of folks have left the pasture and gone online. The more people who find liberty and freedom, the more the system will be disrupted.

A lot of you want to be successful. A lot of you will face sheep who will try and dissuade you from doing the things that will make you successful such as working hard consistently and doing the things sheep won’t do. If you do sheep things, you get sheep results.

I was told I was crazy for doing eBay. I was told I was crazy for doing the storage auction business and YouTube. When I wrote my first book, they told me I was crazy. I take it as a positive sign when people come at me like that. I know I’m on the right path. When I’ve pushed through the resistance, it was just beautiful.

The more hell that you catch, the greater the reward, if you endure.

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Harder for Americans to Rise from the Lower Rungs – Yes and No – Perspective Matters Most

Harder for Americans to Rise from the Lower Rungs - Yes and No - Perspective Matters Most

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I read an article about how it is harder for Americans to rise from the lower rungs. The average American including poor people are better off than 80% of the rest of the world in terms of medicine, education, standard of living, housing, and personal freedoms. You may feel differently based on your life circumstances.

There is a part of the world where Wi-Fi is not reliable. There are a lot of things we take for granted that are not available in the rest of the world. Long story – short, upward mobility is easier in the rest of the world because we’ve kind of hit a ceiling. Your standard of living in the USA is not going to get any better unless you make it better.

Upward mobility used to be an automatic byproduct of a robust economy, innovation and all the wonderful things going on in America from 1920 to about 1985. There are still great things going on. I was having a discussion with someone about the fact there is information and then there is education. There are many people that are very educated with a Master’s Degree or PhD who are making $30K, $40K and $50K. I’m not saying that is bad.

You have people with the “right information” who are billionaires. Education is important, but information is even more important. What people are missing is the importance of having access to the “right information.” I looked at the article and I came up with these thoughts.

I have travelled the world. I’ve been in other countries and seen how people live. There is some little girl right now in Mexico who is going down a steep ravine to get a bucket of water to take back to her family. She could get bit .by an animal or snake She could fall and get hurt. This is her daily reality. There is some kid in the desert who is burning his ass off. Comparatively, Americans have it really good.

To rise from the lower rungs, you have to get education and information and learn how to use both. When I say education, it is far beyond getting a degree. Right now, for many corporations, the price of admission is a degree. For me, putting yourself in $80K to $100K in debt for a $30K to $45K job that tops out very quickly is asinine. That’s just me. A lot of people are doing it because of the narrative of American culture.

You have to sit down and ask yourself a few questions. First of all, what do you want to be when you grow up? Do you have a clue? This is the problem. People want to follow the follower.

At this point in history, you have the ability to define your life like no other time in history. No matter your race or gender, at no other time in history have you had the freedom and resources to move forward in life like today if you know where to look for those things. These are the best of times.

Many people are looking at it the wrong way. They’re seeing the glass as half empty. I am saying, there is no glass. I can build a decanter. I can build a pitcher. I can build a water producing plant. I am looking at making my own sandbox. If you know how glass is made, you know it’s made from sand. Think about that.

So, you have that ability to define your life. When you define your life, the mobility is a byproduct of taking time out to figure out you. You can have anything. That is the cornerstone of your mobility.

You need to figure out your life plan. This life is about experiences. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it solves a lot of problems. Once you decide how to provide services to other people, you may get a ridiculous amount of money for that. If you go out chasing money and don’t tie it to service, it’s a very frustrating chase.

When you define you and your purpose, money finds you. Money will pop up in your life in the strangest places. It is just weird. It is great. Many people are trying to solve internal problems with external solutions and it’s never going to work. You need an internal solution for an internal problem.

When I was in the storage auction business, I bought a unit in Tucker, Georgia. That unit belonged to an ex-girlfriend who disappointed me. I went through the unit and read her journal. You start to decipher stuff. You see medical bills. You see unopened bills, which means they don’t have any money and don’t want to open the stuff.

I got to see what happened to her life. I found out exactly what happened with us. I didn’t hate her. I actually felt sorry for her. It was that information that filled in the gaps. So, I solved a personal mystery and I made a lot of money in the process.

At the time, I was sitting there thinking I had the best job in the world. That was my source of happiness. I was buying units and finding out stuff about people. It was my high.

I didn’t make a lot of money in the storage auction business because I was chasing money. I earned a lot of money because I was chasing experiences. The money was a byproduct. The more experiences I had, the more money that came.

If you want to experience upward mobility as an American, opportunities are everywhere. I have to settle myself at times because there are so many opportunities. I have to force myself to focus and pull back the reigns because I see so much opportunity.

You’ve got to be able to source your own happiness. When you are happy, you will bring happy people to you. The flip side to that is you will create some seriously ugly energy with folks who can’t stand your ass.

At no time in history could you sit at home and watch YouTube, go visit a blog, read a post on Facebook, and connect the dots to create a business within a year that will support you in style. At no point in history has this much opportunity been available to the masses.

So, what do you want? It’s all a choice. You can have it.

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Fast the Truth

FAST THE TRUTH

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I get this all the time. “I need to make money fast. I need to pay a bill. I need to pay my car payment. I’m about to get evicted. I need to learn how to make money online fast. Oh, and I have no money to pay you. I’m looking to make $5K to $10K per month. I need to do it within 90 days. What do you have for me?” This happens all the time. Essentially what people do is they get in a financial jam and then they start looking for solutions versus preparing for dry times before they come.

This is the truth about making money online fast. There are techniques and ways to do it. You can make $10K in a month. You can make $20K in a month. The information you would need to do that coasts money. If you are broke, then you can’t get it.

This is a template that you can use to gauge whether your online offer is authentic or not. I have a course 30 Days to $2500 Hustling Craigslist. They actually make a claim of making $1K to $2500 a month which is very reasonable. Are you getting rich? No. But, you’re making money. Now, I’m not going to tell you how to make a million dollars for $10. I don’t have those kinds of powers.

What I am saying is to let go of the fantasy. If you want to make money online, prepare for a long and arduous journey. This is why third-party sites such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy are so popular. They already have some of what you need there.

The real truth of the matter is that you should expect to spend six months to eighteen months building your online business. Here are a few tips. Once you start, you must reinvest all profits until you get to a certain level. When I started Conundrum Publishing, I didn’t make any money for six months.

The reasons I created new courses on Udemy is because they’re quick and they’re easy. You can get in, get what you need and get started. They’re also economical.

I see some people who get into a group and they just absorb everything. Within two or three months, they’re doing okay. Then in six months, they’re doing really okay. Then a year later, you’re seeing $20K, $30K and $50K screenshots.

The thing is there is a critical component that people are trying to get around that is really going to hamper them. You must commit to sacrifice, effort and work if you want to succeed. I can’t get you around that hump. I can help you flatten your learning curve, and I charge a pretty penny for that.

If you want to make money online, there are several ways you can do it. You can do it selling stuff. You can do it through affiliate marketing. You can do it through YouTube. There are so many ways. All of them have a very similar beginning process.

You’re not going to know what you’re doing. You will make mistakes. You may or may not spend money on bad decisions. There is a learning curve.

There are many of you who think you can figure it out on your own without spending a dime. That’s a weakness. If you think you can figure it out on your own, you’re going to get to a certain level and stop. You are going to top out very quickly.

I’ll see people who are business folks from other avenues of life. They were maybe wholesalers or had a store and then they come online and knock it out. People are like, “Wow.” They think the reason for the fast success is the platform and don’t give much credit to the person’s experience or work prior to them jumping onto that platform.

The guy who did a million dollars in FBA sales by himself, he has a 20-year career in selling stuff. He’s got decades of experience. Then people try to replicate what he did without the experience. Then when it doesn’t work for them, they wonder why.

Peter Thiel, one of the co-founders of PayPal, said “All businesses that grow rapidly have a secret.” They have a unique selling proposition. They have something special. That’s the reality.

If you go into a group and you trade information and that information is pedestrian, or not special, it will make you some money for a short period of time. Then it’s going to dry up because everyone is sharing information.

To make money online, you have to have something special. If you’re a commodities broker and you’re selling what everybody else is selling, you’re going to be a victim of downward pricing. The more people that come to the market with that item, the lower the price goes.

If you want to make money online, give yourself a year to make money; not a week or a month. Give yourself a solid year of application.

Also, the second year, you’re going to reinvest all profits from the first year to give your business a fighting chance at being successful. Another thing that kills a business is if you want to start a business and eat off the plate immediately. That’s going to kill it. The business will never get as big as it can. You can’t eat off the plate the first day. Starting a business takes discipline and sacrifice.

The companies Google, PayPal, Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Dropbox had an insane amount of effort going into them in the beginning stages when they were making little to no money. That’s how they became the billion-dollar companies they are today. You’re not going to get a billion-dollar company with a W-2 mindset. As long as you try to run your business like a job, you’re deluding yourself.

Forget about fast. Think long-term. Think about starting today and learning from your mistakes and reinvesting money back into the business.  In maybe three years, the business will be making $150K or $200K or $500K a year. If you can do this, it will be worth the wait.

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Why You Need to Start a Business Now!!! Embrace the New Disruptive Economy

Why You Need to Start a Business Now!!! Embrace the New Disruptive Economy

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Let’s talk about your favorite subject, you. During the meltdown or recession that began officially in 2008, even though it started earlier in about 2006, I noticed some things. Every time we have a downturn, wonderful things happen.

Technologies are developed. New practices develop. Every time we have a downturn, people’s backs are against the wall.

The change you’re going to see in the next few years is going to make you dizzy. The recession exposed a few things. A lot of great stuff came out of that.

If you have a job that an algorithm can do in the future, your ass is in trouble. We’re going to have displacement faster than at any point in history. People will point out that automation has always happened, but not at the pace it is happening now and will in the future.

We have super, super, super computers now. There are all types of things happening. If you’re doing manual labor work that a robot can be programmed to do, your ass is in trouble.

Understand, robots will be driving cars once they work out a few bugs. It will be mainstream. That will cause a displacement of truck drivers, bus drivers, cab drivers and Uber drivers, because the costs will be down.

Trucks won’t have to stop for breaks except to refuel. They can drive until they reach their fuel limit. There’s no healthcare. There’s no worker’s compensation. There are no payroll costs.

These robots are going to be efficient, long-lasting and scary. They are going to be scary for those of you who are not developing something with technology. You don’t have to become a fucking scientist to embrace technology. You just need to know what’s going on. The robots are coming. How does this apply to you?

There are many people on the fence. They kind of want to do their own business, but they’re not sure. Look, I’ve been there. Understand. I know how scary it is to go out and start a business. You decide to do something new and your friends think you’re nuts.

Let me tell you something. You’ve got about ten years to get your act together. When you start a new business, the first few years are not going to be that good in terms of profit. It’s going to take two years at a minimum to know what you’re doing and to make some money. You have to get started.

Understand, YouTube has been good to me. I think it’s the best thing under the sun. It’s getting crowded though. A lot of people with mainstream press are coming back to YouTube. They have full-fledged studios. Mainstream media has a problem and it’s called the internet.

I look at myself and I don’t have cable. I’ve got basic stuff. I don’t usually spend a lot of time on TV. YouTube gives you a dashboard with analytics and I’ve noticed a shift. When I started on YouTube in 2009, my demographics were 95% male and 5% female. Now, it is 70% male and 30% female.

I have a group of friends who are finding jobs, but the pay is not so good. They’re making what I was making 15 years ago. So, when you factor inflation, it is really not good.

I’m going to say something that may not agree with. The chances of starting your own business and failing or getting a new job are pretty neck and neck. There’s no risk in starting your business like there used to be. In the past, if you were a monkey and if you could pull a lever, you could get a job.

Now, you can be the top of the top and still end up unemployed. Think about that. That’s happening to people. It happened to me. I got laid off.

You have to understand what is going on. Companies are looking for “just good enough.” People who are operating at higher levels are not rewarded. It makes you a target. It makes people nervous.

You can think. You can plan. You can plot. You can come up with ideas and concepts. That makes you a very scary person, because one day you may wake up and realize you don’t need to be there. Worse, you may try to take over the organization.

I think everyone should have a business, or a side business. You need to learn business skills, because you’re going to need them. It’s going to be like when those people came over on the boats a long time ago. I’m not talking about the slaves. I’m talking about the Pilgrims.

They had to grow food. They had to make clothes. It wasn’t optional. We’re going to go back to those times. Just look. Corporate growth is high and job growth is low. It doesn’t add up, does it? If you think about automation, technology and outsourcing and the rest of the world, it makes plenty of sense.

So, you have a choice my friend. You can embrace technology. Understand, I’ve been where you’ve been. What we know about the world today is that the world will be totally different five years from now. It will be even more different in ten years. In 15 years, you’ll be wondering, “Where am I?”

That’s happening. There are a few groups of people who are going to do very well in this new world. Number 1 – entrepreneurs. Number 2 – creative people. Number 3 – Managers. Number 4 – teachers. I’m not talking about teachers who teach high school, but people who can put together curriculums to embrace this new society. It’s going to be huge.

Learning new technology is going to be a constant thing. What worked for two years will be obsolete suddenly. Understand that you need a business. You need to start today.

In this new economy, you have the potential to make more money than you ever made in your life. There are people trading time for freedom. There are people who want to make money. But you need that business, that gives you the freedom to make that decision, because it’s here.

People say the American Dream is dead and that the middle class is being slaughtered. What is being slaughtered is that cozy dream in the matrix. There are cracks in the glass. For a long time, we subscribed to mediocrity in this country. We did it for a long time.

You can be in denial all you want, but the world is changing fast. You need to build your team and embrace technology. That’s the reality.

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Scared Money Never Made Money

Scared Money Never Made Money

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Scared money never made money. I think it’s the gospel. But, before we get into that, let’s talk about what is money. There are many different forms of currency. When you speak of money, the immediate default is paper money. It’s more than that.

There are many different forms of currency. There’s spiritual currency, physical currency, and mental currency such as creativity and emotional. There are so many different forms of money, wealth, assets and resources.

So, if you are in a constriction mindset, then you actually chase away the things you want. Let me break it down for you. You can’t own, have, cultivate, gather, collect, or amass things you despise. If you’re scared, you despise these things. Because if you weren’t scared, there would be no fear. I know people who hear me say they do not get what that means. People say, “I don’t despise being wealthy, but I’m not wealthy.” Maybe you are.

You can’t have the thing you are really scared of or despise or worry about all the time. You can’t have it. People ask why. The answer is because you predominantly fill your mind with the thing you don’t want; pushing out the thoughts, the wishes, the dreams, the stuff you do want. There’s an immutable law of nature. Only one thing can occupy one place at one time, except in science fiction. For most of us, we can’t do it. We’re not operating or living on that plane.

If only one thing can occupy one place at a time and you’re scared of money or whatever, you are filling your mind with the thing you don’t want. That’s exactly what you will get though, because it’s the thing you think about all the time.

I used to get tickets like a fool. I would get on the road and see cops and get really nervous. The hair on the back of my neck would stand up. It wasn’t about the cop, it was worry about the repercussions of what could happen if I got a ticket. I thought about it all the time and it became true. I remember one month when I got three tickets in less than 25 days. I was in a tough position where if I got one more ticket, I would lose my license.

Then I remember taking a trip a long time ago when I was still in the military and took a trip from Atlanta to Washington DC. I had a Nissan Stanza at the time. A Stanza would do 110 mph. I went from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington DC in about nine hours and 45 minutes, flying.

This is when the State Troopers had Mustang 5.0s. You didn’t know it was a trooper until it was too late. I passed these cops flying, but my mind was filled with my trip. My mind was filled with thoughts about having a great time. I didn’t get a ticket. I look back at that experience as a reminder when I fall back into scared little bitch mode.

The reason I was speeding and not worried about getting a ticket was because of something First Sargent Branch told me. He said if I ever got pulled over, I should pull out my military ID and hand it to the police with my driver’s license. It worked. Every time I got pulled over, I handed them my military ID and never got a ticket. I tested it several times, and it always worked. So, I had in my mind that I could speed and not get a ticket.

What I just gave you is something you can use in your business. You can use that to be successful doing whatever. Every goal that I’ve written down thus far (except for the newest ones) has been achieved. I think about that often.

Some people are afraid to dream. I know it sounds crazy. How can a dream hurt you? There are so many people who are afraid to dream. If they have this dream and it doesn’t happen, they’re crushed. They’re demoralized. They feel like a sucker.

I think that is misguided thinking. I dream all the time. I think about what I want in life. I fill my head with it.

Being afraid to dream is a form of being afraid of money and will keep you from actually making money. It’s not going to happen. If you are afraid to spend money, you’re not going to make money. If you’re afraid to release love, you’re not going to get love.

If you are in a position where you are experiencing all this fear, you are not making money and won’t be able to achieve your dreams. The only cure for this is to replace the fear with thoughts about what you want.

If you have a plan for your life and your family, it’s not going to be so easy to invade that mental space with fearful thoughts. Be sure to fill your head with all kinds of good stuff. Read books. Watch videos and listen to classical music. Fill up your head with good stuff and it will be much harder for the bad stuff to occupy your mind.

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Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For

Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For

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If you are watching this, you are probably disgusted, tired and sick of doing what you are doing. You want to make a big change. You want to start a business, then you realize you are stuck. “What kind of business should I build? What kind of business should I start?” All you know is that you don’t like where you are in life. You want to move to a better space. You want a business of your own. I want out of the “9 to 5” rut.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but if you don’t know what you want to do, figuring that out could take one to five years in many cases and possibly as long as ten years. Believe me, I’m sure you didn’t want to hear that. Everybody wants easy, quick and fast answers. You’re frustrated and you want this to happen now.

You are here because you are not prepared. This challenge is not something new. Figuring this out is about the “inner game.” You have to ask yourself some important questions to move forward. People don’t want to delve into these hard questions. They want an easy “fix.”

People say things like, “Just give me a system so I can make some money and be free.” The problem with this type of thinking is that there are systems you can buy. There are processes that will help you succeed. The problem is that none of them are cheap. The more effective any system is, the more money it will cost you. What makes that hard for so many people is that if you are unhappy, you are most likely also broke.

The reason you have this problem is because you have not invested in yourself. As you get on the path of discovery, you find out a lot of interesting and helpful things that will help you along the way. When I got into the storage auction business, I both liked it and didn’t like it. But, I had a process. A process is something that will help you.

A good rule to follow is to give yourself enough time to truly try something out. You can’t quit too quickly. Promise yourself that you will try out something new for 30, 60 or 90 days before giving up on it, no matter what the hardships are or your first impression is. If you teach yourself to make a commitment for short periods of time, that will definitely help you as you start a business.

In the beginning, I didn’t really love the storage auction business. Then I got good at it and the money started rolling in. I started enjoying it.

YouTube was another business venture I didn’t like at first. It was intimidating and awkward. I dreaded making each and every video. Then I committed myself and developed a two-year plan. I came up with 200 video ideas and wrote them down. Next, I started knocking them out. I didn’t even have the right equipment in the beginning. You can see for yourself as you watch some of my earlier videos that I was using inferior equipment. I left those early videos up as evidence of my growth.

What’s killing so many people is that they are looking for something easy. That’s not how you want to approach this journey. You have to put forth the effort. If the regular amount of effort you’re putting in now is not getting you what you want, then you will have to put in more time and effort to get the results you desire.

The big question that everyone worries about and that keeps so many people from getting started is what kind of business to start. The first step to answering that critical questions is to try some different things. You’re going to have to try a lot of different ideas and give each one enough time and commitment to assess the viability of that option.

One challenge that presents itself to a lot of people is that they’re good at a lot of things. As good as that may sound, it does create another set of problems. When you are good at a lot of different things, then it can be hard to make a decision. It may be easier for people who are only good at one thing to make a decision about what to pursue.

Certain profile considerations must be used to decide on the right business opportunity. When people ask the question about which business they should start, it is not an easy question to answer without carefully looking at the inner game and answering key questions that don’t have one-word answers. New entrepreneurs must evaluate their skills sets and the monetary resources they have to invest. Marital status and other family considerations also come into play. Whether you are planning on having children will also impact your decision.

If you’re unproven and just getting started, then you aren’t really valuable to the world yet. That’s the reality of it. Of course, you mother and father will tell you how wonderful you are, but in terms of the marketplace, no one is buying until you can prove you have something valuable to sell.

Once you have acquired something worth selling, then it becomes much easier to answer the question about what business you should start. As long as you are operating on potential, you will remain frustrated. That’s where the hard work comes in. You have to make the commitment to do the work necessary to start a business if you want to be successful.

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The American Expectation Versus the American Dream

The American Expectation Versus the American Dream

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We’re going to talk about American expectations versus the American Dream. Many people feel that the American Dream is dead and that it’s just like Moby Dick, a great work of fiction. Really, I don’t think the American Dream is dead. I don’t even think it’s on life support.

What is really the problem is the expectations that Americans have. Notice the great American Dream is about dreams. Dreams are something that are unrealized, something that you work on. Dreams are something that you focus on. They aren’t a given and that’s where we run into problems. The Great American Dream has become the Great American “Got It” for some people.

Part of the American Dream is getting a college degree. Here’s a fact for you. There are many people who aren’t suited for college. It doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. It doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent. It just means college is not their thing. Many people who didn’t set foot in college actually contributed greatly to this country. There are many, many accomplished people from many walks of life that did not attend college or who dropped out.

I think one of the things that is really problematic for our education system is that everyone is on the college track when there are a lot of things you can do to be productive and serve society without college. Actually, the wealthiest guy in the world didn’t graduate. That’s just another thing for you to think about.

Let’s talk about what is really killing people’s hopes and dreams. I am talking about the expectation that people have that doing well is a “Given.” People believe that because they went to college and sat “X” amount of hours in class that they are going to be successful.

Based on the number of people who protested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, a lot of folks with mortgage level student debt are not marketable in today’s world. I don’t want to be mean, but part of me wants to ask why you didn’t really research the market. If you had, you would have had a clue. You may have not been 100% prepared, but I went through a similar analysis of my own life almost two decades ago. I looked at the risks and rewards associated with college. You have to really crunch the numbers.

I knew a person who had a job that most people needed a degree to get. He got it because he actually went out and started a business in that field and became exceptionally knowledgeable. He doesn’t look for jobs. They come looking for him. The nugget of wisdom there is if you prepare yourself for your field and gain expertise to a level that people admire and respect, it doesn’t matter if you have a degree many times. You can still make money.

Getting back to the American Dream versus expectations, people are looking for stamp…stamp…stamp…Gimmee…Gimmee…Gimmee. The world doesn’t work that way. It never has and it never will.

We have a new type of slave today. They’re called college graduates with heavy student loans. That’s the new slave. That’s the new “Gotcha.” If you have from $60K to $150K in student loan debt, it could haunt you for the next 20 or 30 years, robbing you of the ability to start a business, buy a house or have a decent life, which is the very thing you went to school to obtain.

It’s kind of ironic when you think about it. You would have been better off taking that $50K to $80K and starting a Subway franchise. You’d be making money. I’ve noticed very few Subway locations closing.

The American Dream is pretty much whatever you want it to be. People have created their version of the American Dream that may or may not mesh with their life. That’s the problem. It comes from not applying critical thinking to your life.

We’re bombarded by a ton of information every day. If you want to learn things you can do it on the internet from the comfort of your home. One of the problems people have is a lack of focus. They want to be in touch with everything. I actually eliminate some of the information I receive because I realize I don’t need it.

There are a lot of things I don’t watch or consume because they don’t make me any smarter. Some of it actually makes me stupid. That’s one of the reasons my TV watching time is pretty low compared to the average person’s. I’ve probably watched 10 hours this week and it’s Friday.

I have a challenge for you. Take an hour today and unplug. Turn off your TV and your cellphone.  Write down what you want out of life. Be specific. You’ll be amazed what you come up with when you are not distracted.

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How to Make Your First $10,000

How to Make Your First $10,000

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There are people out there who are blogging and vlogging, tweeting, Instagramming and YouTubing. Some of these people have 8000, 12000, 20,000 followers; and they’re not making any money.

Today, I was having this great conversation with somebody and it was a little weird because they were like, “I set up my LLC and I got business cards. Now, I’m looking for office space.” I asked them this question. “Have you made any money with your business?” She said, “No. Not yet, but I’m going to make millions.”

In this blog, we’re going to talk about how to make your first $10K and the value of making that money. Spending a lot of money before you earn any money with your business is a big problem. The first thing you need to do every day when you wake up is to make some money. I don’t care if it’s a dollar. Your job is to make money that day, not the next day or the next week or the next month.

What a lot of entrepreneurs do is they get all romantic about getting knowledge, theory and putting together this stuff and not really making any money. Don’t be like that.

Everybody needs a coach. Great athletes and business moguls all have great coaches. Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban all had coaches that helped them become successful. All of these guys had a coach. Then you decide you are going to figure your business out on your own. That’s why 90% of all businesses fail in the first two years. My first five businesses failed because I was trying to figure it out on my own.

Once I got some education, life was different. So, your first job is to make money every day. Your second job is to study so you can improve your business. When I say you need a coach, one of your coaches can be a book. One of the best coaches I ever had was Earl Nightingale in his course, Lead the Field. Then there was Brian Tracy, Tommy Hopkins, Tony Robbins, Jack Welch and Drucker. I never met any of these people, but they were my mentors and coaches.

The third thing is you’ve got to find your customer. This is why. I do HustlersKungFu.com and I use profanity. I call people “scared little bitches.” That’s my brand. That’s the lingo of my brand. It intentionally alienates people I don’t want here. Everybody’s not your customer. Most people are not your customer. If you drill it down and figure out who your customer is, then serve your customer to the best of your ability, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to make money, it’s a matter of when.

So, Number 1 – Make money every day. How do you make money every day? Number 1 has subparts. First you have to work on the money acquisition part of your business. You have to generate leads that will make you money. Your moneymaking activities are marketing, branding and sales.

Once you make your first $10K, two things will happen. The first thing that happens is your confidence increases. Secondly, you have some money. What you do with this video is focus on your marketing, sales and branding to make that first $10K.

I’m going to give you a little secret that a lot of people won’t tell you. Social media without context is bullshit. I can prove it to you right now.

Let’s say you go the grocery store, right? Let’s say you go to the mall and to a football game. Look at the football game, the mall and the grocery store as the tip of a funnel.

As you walk in, you see people and they see you, right? So, the exposure is there. Massive exposure is there, right? I want you to think of the last football game or the last time you went to the mall or the grocery store. How many people do you remember? Not that many, if any, right? You had a lot of exposure. Everyone saw you. You saw everyone.

Now. Let’s reverse this. Let’s say you paint yourself purple and write Love Me on your chest. From head to toe, paint yourself purple and walk in with some white shorts and white shoes. Let’s say you go the mall, the grocery store and the football game like that.

You’re going to get a bunch of stares. You might be on the news. Why? Because you branded yourself and you provided context. You are different from the norm. They don’t see a person painted purple every day with Love Me on their chest. People think you’re crazy. Some people are inspired. That’s because you provided context.

If you’re tweeting and Instagramming with no context, I don’t care how much money you spend or how many ads you run; you will go nowhere. That’s what many of you are doing. You’re wondering why you’re struggling. You’re not operating your business using business principles.

So many people are trying to get something for nothing. If you go out and ask for help and offer  something in return, then you can often get the help you need. Offer to clean their house. Sometimes, they won’t let you do it, and they will help you because they will realize you’re serious.

So, what’s your job in the morning? Work on money acquisition activities such as marketing, branding and sales. Once again, you don’t need a product once you hammer those skills down. You can go out and find a product and make money. That’s why the product isn’t important. How you relate and talk to the customer is very important. That’s how you make your first $10K.

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Making Money on Amazon with eBooks – The Truth – The Paid Blogger

Making Money on Amazon with eBooks - The Truth - The Paid Blogger

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A lot of people asked me questions about making money on Amazon with eBooks. They asked me how to do it and if it is still possible?

Right now, someone is working on a book to put on Amazon this month or next month and they’re going to make six figures. So, the question isn’t, is Amazon a good way to make money with eBooks; the question is: do you have the skills sets to make it happen. That’s the real deal.

Many people seem to think they can come up with a book and throw it on Amazon and make money. It’s not going to happen. There’s a process. People who are trying to make a lot of money with a little effort will be disappointed. It’s not going to happen. Part of the success of an eBook happens long before the book is written.

The reason so many people fail is because there is a lack of research and they don’t know the marketplace. If you don’t do your due diligence, then you will fail. That fact really throws a lot of people off.

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Question: Is Amazon still a good place to sell eBooks?

Answer: Yes. If you have the right book and the right marketing, you can make money. There are a lot of intangibles.

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Every night across the world there are millions of people fucking. There are some fat people fucking. Do you want to see that? No, you don’t. The thing is that these fat people are having a great time. It’s wonderful. When you’re in that moment, it’s a good story to you, but it may not be a good story to someone else. This is the type of confusion and perspective that writers must consider if they want to be successful. Is there an audience for the story you want to write?

I know you’ve got a story and you want to put it out there. I am not suggesting that you don’t put it out there. What I am suggesting is that you become realistic about what you think you can get out of that story.

Unfortunately, there have been many people betrayed. There have been many children orphaned. Unless you have a super hero story like Jimmy Graham, there are no guarantees that your story will sell.

Jimmy Graham’s mother put him in an orphanage when he was eleven years old. Do you understand what a mind fuck that is? He was aware of what was going on. He knew his mother didn’t want him and that she put him in an orphanage with other kids whose parents didn’t want them. He excelled in the orphanage and went to college, later becoming a football star in the NFL Now, that’s a story.

Now, let’s look at this story from a different perspective. Let’s say Jimmy wasn’t 6’6” tall. Let’s also assume he doesn’t have natural athletic ability and that instead of becoming a professional football star he became a postal office worker. It’s still a good story, but it’s probably not going to sell millions.

That book that you want to write, write it. It will teach you a lot. Put it out. While you finish that book, think of a book that can make you some money.

I was in a writer’s group in 2010. You need to be working on your second book as soon as you finish your first one. You need to be promoting your book before you even finish it. There are too many people who write their books and then they start marketing and promoting it late in the game. Really, the marketing is where it is.

On Amazon, the big issue you’ll have is discoverability. Just because you write a good book and the cover is nice, that doesn’t mean it will sell. My experiences with Amazon are varied.

You don’t have to be Hemingway to succeed. You just have to be able to put sentences together that people understand that will entertain or educate your readers. That’s it. If you are competent, you can write a book and make some money.

When you put a book out there, unless that book gets lift, you’re not going to sell many. Lift is marketing and paid traffic. It is an influencer who promotes your books and gives it a public review that is good. If you don’t have lift, your book will get lost in the sea of books.

If you are a writer and you want to make money with a book on Amazon, you have to write something people want to read. In the fiction genre, you need to have a main character that people love and can root for. You need to put that character through some twists and turns. Write a series of 4, 5, 6 books.

With eBooks, it’s a 60-day payment window before you get your royalties from a sale. I didn’t really like that. When you sell books with other distributors or on your own, the payment window is much shorter. It can make a difference if you’re barely making it.

You can make money on Amazon. You can make a lot of money on Amazon. Is it easy? No.

I think a good book with a good cover and a good marketing campaign will make you money. I’ve done it in my name and in pen names. So. It’s all about the system.

An important factor that impacts your chance for success is the genre. You can write a shitty book in a popular genre and make money. You can spend ten years writing an epic and not make a dime. These are the types of things you have to consider when writing a book to put on Amazon.

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