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There’s two things that separate the successful from the unsuccessful. One is having the gall to chase a dream. I’m a big, big movie buff. I draw a lot of wisdom out of movies. I think there is a certain art and beauty to movies. If you remember the movie Collateral with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise, there was this one pivotal scene that I just love. Jamie has this dream of starting this limo service.
Tom Cruise was the hit man. In his line of work, it was pretty much this or that with very little bullshit. He told Jamie, “You were never going to start that limo service.” He pointed out, “How much is a lease on a limo, $300 or $400 bucks a month?”
The second thing that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is action. You can wish and want and hope and dream all day long and shit isn’t going to happen. It’s not.
But, if you dare to dream and you marry it to some action and tenacity and never give up, you’re going to be successful. Your level of success depends on what you’re doing, your skill sets and how hard you’re willing to work. A lot of folks are just looking for instant success predicated on the bare fact that they woke up and desired a different life from what it was yesterday. But, there’s nothing else going on.
I’ve been looking at stuff and I see a lot of jankiness out there. There are a lot of people out there that will tell you that storage auctions are a good way to make a lot of money quickly, easily and fast. They ask you to buy their product for “X” amount of money. Then they promise you that you’ll soon be making tens of thousands of dollars.
All right, let’s talk about this. Number 1 – I will be straight with you guys from day one and I will continue to be straight. I am a capitalist. That means I do things to make money. I said from Day 1, “I have a product that I want to sell to you.”
In my opinion, there is this whole mindset that I blame for making this whole country fall apart. I got this email from this guy who acted like we were buddies. He asked me for a discount or for a free copy of my book. What made him so special? All these other people paid for a copy. It makes me wonder what is going on in that guy’s mind. Dude, become a man. That is some bitch shit right there.
The guy goes on and on and on about how he’s watched the videos for the last ten months and how he’s really thinking about getting into the storage auction business. This is what I have to say to that guy. “You are not ever, ever going to get in the storage auction business because you are a gutless coward.” You want to use the excuse that my book is too expensive as a reason why you haven’t gotten into the storage auction business.
I have a hot chick who goes to storage auctions. She started going and buying. Then she found me and bought my book. I’ve seen several pictures of the things she’s bought. She isn’t that big, but she’s got more balls than you. Even before buying the book, she risked a little coin to see what she could do. Then she decides to do some research to try and do it better.
Let’s just get down to the core of why people aren’t successful; it’s a lack of action. Success is not going to come in your living room and tap you on the shoulder saying, “Hey, here I am.” That’s not going to happen. You’ve got to let this sense of entitlement go.
Let me tell you how I grew up. I grew up in a house that did not have running water when I was born. We had an outhouse. There are pictures of my little brother taking a bath in a galvanized tub. Let me give you the process. To take a bath, you had to put the bath water on a wooden stove to heat it up. You had to get yourself in there quickly, because the water wouldn’t stay warm forever. Me and my brother had to use the same water. That’s how I grew up.
For a long time when I was immature and stupid, I was ashamed of that. You don’t want to talk about the fact that you grew up in those circumstances. You don’t want to talk about that. Looking back, I think growing up like that made me successful today. So many things that others took for granted, I had to struggle for. It was a struggle to take a bath.
I grew up in Adamsville, Alabama and there wasn’t a lot going on. There were not buses to go to Birmingham. If I wanted to go, I had to go down to 78, catch a Greyhound, then go down to the Birmingham station and take busses around town. That’s how I had to go downtown.
That’s why I have some of these viewpoints. I know what it is like not to have shit. I know what it is to be hungry. I know what it is to be homeless.
The thing is, you’re looking at your circumstances as an anchor for your despondency when it is really deliverance. When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up. But so many people are looking at Ann and Bobby and Sue and comparing themselves with them. You don’t know their deal. You can’t look at the circumstances of this other person, then bring them over to your life and hope for the same results. As Paul Harvey used to say, you don’t know what the rest of the story is.
I worked my ass off to get where I am. I didn’t go out. I didn’t date. I worked seven days a week for a long time. If you aren’t willing to pay the price to be successful, you aren’t going to be successful.
Some of the costs are very high and some are nominal. You have to decide what is important. When you’re getting started, you may not be able to have a relationship for a year or more. You may have to get rid of cable. You may not be able to go to Starbucks.
You get everything in life that you truly want. I know you think I’m full of shit when I say that. I saw it when I was in the storage auction business. People were making $200 or $300 dollars a week gross pay. I saw their W-2s. They had big screen TVs and rims.
People balk at spending money on courses and books to better their lives, but they will spend $750 to $2000 to take a trip. The reason people are not successful is because they do not value success.
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